(Original story published on Monday June 1st, 2015 on Slice.ca.)
You’ve got your figure-flattering swimsuit picked, beach reads packed and your cool shades on the ready. The only thing left to do? Find that versatile cover-up that’ll meet all your water-side needs.
Whether you’re looking for a quintessential peasant dress, bohemian kimono or stellar midi that’ll take you right into cocktail hour, we have 20 standout cover-ups that’ll make your beach look totally #OOTD-worthy.
For a look that’s worthy of even the chicest poolside affairs, go for Club Monaco’s Helvi Crochet Coverup ($199). Team it with a floppy hat to go true Hamptons-chic.
Add a floral and feminine touch to your beach look with Ted Baker’s Blosomm Window Blossom Cape Scarf ($200). Wear it on its own with your swimsuit or with a pair of cut-offs for an elegant way to go from the beach to the bar.
Stay ladylike chic in Urban Outfitters’ Out From Under Delicate Sheer Maxi ($41). This dress will effortlessly transition from beach to cocktails with the simple change of accessories.
Stay stylish and comfortable in a lightweight, bohemian style cover-up, like Aritzia’s Wilfred Ribera Dress ($195). Pair it with great shades and strappy gladiator sandals for a cool look.
Flower Child Pick
Lend your outfit a bohemian hand with a cool kimono in a wild print. We’re loving Anthropologie’s Boteh Kimono ($98).
Be perfectly ready for any elegant poolside affair or afternoon lounging by the water with Tory Burch’s Sierra Dress ($325). Complete the look with a raffia clutch and simple sandals.
Go for a classic cover-up with Joe Fresh’s Print Kaftan Swim Cover Up ($39). Throw it on with your comfy sandals and you’re good to go.
Looking for a just-off-the-yacht look? Go for J.Crew’s Convertible Jumpsuit Tropical Fern (US $160). Team it with simple sandals and a great bangle for an effortless way to look completely chic.
Embrace your day by the water in true dad form– or rather, in a seriously chic alternative. Instead of your old man’s Hawaiian shirt, go for this printed Heli Colada Dress from All Saints ($335). Easily dress it up for any poolside bash with a belt around the waist and a great pair of earrings.
Opt for a style with a fun twist, like a great trim. Our pick? Madewell’s Tassel Scarf Dress (US $168).
Go for a sweet and sexy boudoir-inspired look with H&M’s Playsuit with Lace ($60). We love it teamed with a great panama hat and brown leather sandals.
Borrow a look from the boys and try the simple route with Topshop’s Casual Beach Shirt(£30). Wear it with a belt or on its own; we love it either way.
A conservative and ladylike pick for any pool or BBQ party, Ann Taylor’s Chambray Embroidered Dress ($155) is sure to be a piece you reach for time and time again this season.
Opt for a retro option with Kate Spade’s Harbour Island Bell Sleeve Short ($168). Oversized shades and a stylish updo will make the look that much more fun.
Prone to sunburns? Go for a cover-up that offers a fair amount of coverage, like Old Navy’s Women’s Embroidered-Trim Patterned Tunics (was $35, now $23).
Printed Short Shorts
Go a different route and opt for a pair of Orlebar Brown + Emilio Pucci’s Whippet printed cotton boardshorts ($315) for your beach cover-up. Wear it alone with your favourite bikini on the beach, and with a simple tank when running to the market.
Off to the South of France
Go for a look that’s totally St. Tropez-worthy, with Vix Swimwear’s Amy Caftan ($195). Finish off your look with over-sized tortoise shades and great raffia tote.
Classic Shirt Dress
Opt for the simple route with Banana Republic’s Shirtdress Cover-Up ($124). This option is great for those on the go, as you can easily wear it to run a few errands on the way to the pool.
Festival Girl Fashion
Whether you’re a flower child or just like to embrace your inner bohemian under the sun, Victoria’s Secret’s Crochet Crop Top (was $50, now $40) is a cool option that will take you from the outdoor concert to the beach with ease.
Quintessential Summer Dress
We’re always fans of a great embroidered dress for hot summer days, and Zara’s Embroidered Bib Front Dress($50) is a stellar choice. Wear it on the beach with your favourite flip flops, and opt for a pair of strappy heels for nighttime dancing.