You may have the perfect little black bikini, but do you own a beach cover-up dress to throw on over it? If not, then you're missing out on one of the fashion set's essential summer items. And as your resident fashionable friend, I'm here to set you straight.
While I may have thrown on an old tee and called it a day in the past, I’m definitely looking for something that feels a little more elevated this summer. A matching shorts set is great, but a breezy sundress makes for a whole look in one easy step.
Turns out there are also tons of different options to choose from that go well beyond your basics. Brands like Solid&Striped make crochet and sheer options, while Caravana designs pieces that come in a lightweight linen fabric that will keep you cool all day long. You can also style all of these with a pair of heels for a night out following an afternoon spent lounging by the pool.
Keep on scrolling to check out a bunch of my favorite cover-up dresses that you can shop right now.
Summersalt The Crochet Halter Dress ($145)
Crochet is one of this season's biggest trends.
Mango Ruffle Printed Dress ($60)
I love these colors.
Solid&Striped The Carson Dress ($198)
Why not try a lime-green frock?
Frankies Bikinis Debbie Knit Halter Dress ($225)
Frankies Bikinis can do no wrong.
H&M V-Neck Kaftan Dress ($35)
Prepare to live in this.
Maeve Botanical Cut-Out Maxi Dress ($118)
Wear this from the beach to the bar.
& Other Stories Oversized Mini Shirt Dress ($69)
You can wear this buttoned up or fully open.
Caravana Mahahual Leather-Trimmed Cotton Coverup ($305)
This could work for day or night.
Bhanuni by Jyoti Floral Contrast Maxi Dress ($230)
I love anything floral in the summer.
Good American Goddess Robe ($139)
Go ahead—play with prints.
Soluna Convertible Cover-Up ($68)
This piece can be worn as a skirt or as a top.
Posse Eden Linen Mini Dress ($220)
Short and sweet.
Cupshe Gianna Floral V-Neck Sleeveless Dress ($27)
La Blanca Short Sleeve Tunic ($90)
Keep this in your beach bag.
FP Beach Bonnie Sweater Tunic ($58)
For those breezier summer nights.
O'Neill Linnet Sleeveless Cover-Up Minidress ($50)
H&M T-Shirt Dress ($13)
The easiest T-shirt dress, period.
Swimsuits for All Tenley Surplice Cover Up Maxi Dress ($33)
Style this with flats or heels.
ASOS Design Jersey Tee Beach Cover Up With Ruched Sides ($22)
Sage green is everywhere right now.
Cult Gaia Silena Crochet Dress ($618)
Monday Swimwear Sorrento Caftan in Black ($154)
A summer must-have.
Elomi Indie Crochet Wire-Free Tankini Cover-Up ($60)
This could double as a going-out dress. Style it over a bodysuit.
Zara Rustic Fringed Kaftan ($46)
L*Space Pacifica Tunic ($99)
Simple and classic.
Calzedonia Short Cloth Dress ($45)
Keep it simple this summer.
Gigi C Terri Mesh Coverup ($100)
Unique and forward.
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