10 Surprising Things to Wear Over a Bathing Suit


Much like the formerly drab one-piece, swimsuit cover-ups are an evolving breed. In this age of advanced beach styling, there’s no need to sport flimsy sarongs or oversize white T-shirts — it’s all about embracing daywear as beachwear. Scroll down for ten unique cover-ups you can wear to the beach and beyond.

Grandma’s crochet addiction has proven its worth in this chic cover-up dress.

Zara Striped Mini Dress, $50 at Zara

Sporty and ecofriendly.

Alternative Apparel First Position Eco-Jersey Cover Up Dress, $15 at Alternative Apparel

Use this cover-up to show off a bold one-piece.

Genuine People Black Lace Off-Shoulder Mini Dress, $34 at Spring

If you don’t want to spend extra money buying a new cover-up, consider repurposing a light sundress like this one from Mango. Made out of cotton, it can be thrown into the wash if sullied by the sand and sea.

Mango Off-Shoulder Dress, $40 at Mango

You can do more with a shirtdress than you probably realized; instead of just wearing it to the office, leave it unbuttoned and use it to give your swimsuit a more classic, polished feel.

& Other Stories Oversized Shirt Dress, $95 at & Other Stories

A dress this sweet calls for funnel cakes on the boardwalk.

Beauty & the Beach Sydney Dress, $48 at Beauty and the Beach

Wear it with a statement straw tote and simple brown sandals.

J.Crew Ruffled Gingham Off-The-Shoulder Dress, $70 at J.Crew

This jumpsuit is almost too good to wear just at the beach.

Madewell Maderas Cover-Up Jumpsuit, $98 at Madewell

This is substantial enough to function as an off-duty dress around town; just switch out your flip-flops for dressy sandals.

Canvas by Lands’ End Maxi Cover-Up Dress, $111 at Land’s End

If your ideal beach vacation involves more active pursuits than just lounging on the sand, pick a romper for ease of movement.

Mikoh Guana Printed Crepe Playsuit, $146 at Revolve

10 Surprising Things to Wear Over a Bathing Suit