It’s summertime, and the living’s easy. But that tune can change quickly. If you have to return home from your sea or poolside lounge to change out of your swimsuit before heading out for drinks or dining, the vibe can be lost.
Add in an end-of-season evening breeze, and you’ll want to reach for something to keep the chill at bay after a day in the sun. Luckily, designers these days have got you covered. With flowing fabric and loose silhouettes, we’ve found 10 beach coverups that are perfect for when the beach time might be done for the day, but you’re just getting started.
Michael Stars Farrah Maxi Caftan
A splash of color, this Michael Stars Farrah Maxi Caftan has an adjustable drawstring waist and side slit to keep things breezy when the sun is beating down. Embroidered detail throughout and tassel accent trim offer up a fun beach vibe. When you’re ready to hit the town in this floor-length number, you can easily throw it on over your bathing suit and complete the look with a sexy lace-up sandal and a crochet bag. Shop the Farrah Maxi Caftan in women’s one size fits all in four colors.
$98 on Revolve
Daise All Day Terry Playsuit
Your cozy beach towel has nothing on this romper. Made from 100 percent organic cotton, the Daise All Day Terry Playsuit is the most lightweight terry you’ll ever wear. Thanks to contrasting trim details and retro collar, you won’t sacrifice style just because you’re throwing on a coverup. With an easy zipper with a ring pull, step into it and head off to your destination—your swimsuit hidden and your fashion sense in full view. Bonus points for the UPF 50+ fabric that blocks 98 percent of the sun’s rays. Shop the All Day Terry Playsuit in women’s sizes XS to XL in three colors.
$218 on Daise
Venus Bandeau Dress
The breezy style and super soft fabric of this Bandeau Dress makes this the easiest thing to pull over your suit when you’ve had enough sun. The dress, also available in a maxi length, stays in place thanks to a stretchy smocked bodice that hugs without constricting. Trade your flip-flops for wedge raffia sandals to create a more upscale look. Shop the Venus Bandeau Dress in women’s sizes XS to 3X all in four colors.
$20 on Venus (Save $4)
L Space Anna Floral Tie Front Maxi Cover-Up Dress
From morning brunch to a seaside escape, the Anna Floral Tie Front Maxi Cover-Up Dress fits loose and airy—just right for freshly tanned skin on a hot summer day. The print brings retro vibes, as do the voluminous sleeves, open center front, and tie waist. Throw on a chic pair of oversized sunnies and mules, and you’re ready to be the center of attention on and off the beach. Shop the Printed Anna Cover-up in women’s sizes XS to XL.
$139 at Nordstrom
Cartolina Joy Coverup
Cartolina’s name alone (Italian for “postcard”) pays homage to the glorious world of vacation vibes. The Joy Coverup from this female-owned and operated clothing line was designed and sewn in Los Angeles, and boasts embroidered cotton eyelet fabric with a playful drop waist blouson silhouette, fabric tassel ties, and feminine flutter sleeve. The circle skirt hem looks adorable with chunky slip-on sneakers or platform sandals. Shop the Joy Coverup in women’s sizes XXS to XL in seven colors.
$298 on Cartolina
Free People Groovy Baby Maxi
Vibrant and eye-catching, billowy and breezy, this special kaftan is perfect for transitioning from beach to brunch in a heartbeat. Maxi length with ruched detailing, the Groovy Baby Maxi Kaftan is relaxed and oversized with a super mod and retro print vibe that translates to sexy and sleek. A quick pull-on style with relaxed sleeves makes this kaftan easy to toss on over your bikini and pair with platform sandals for a chic dinner outfit. Shop the Groovy Baby Maxi Kaftan in women’s one size fits all in five patterns.
$98 on Free People
Tommy Bahama Embroidered Cotton Tier Cover-up Dress
From the total “island lifestyle” brand, Tommy Bahama, the adorable Embroidered Cotton Tier Cover-up Dress keeps it breezy and playful, whether you’re sitting poolside or strolling down a beachy paradise. The swingy tiers of this jacquard-woven cotton dress elevate it beyond its cover-up duties, and the embroidery, pintucks, and pompoms make this one a can’t-miss for your next sunny day. Shop the Embroidered Cotton Tier Cover-up Dress in women’s sizes XS to XL in two colors.
$138 on Nordstrom
Pítusa Pima Abaya
An amazingly light and colorful adaptation of the modest Middle Eastern Abaya, the Pima Abaya is a super soft Peruvian cotton maxi dress edged in Pítusa’s signature Inca trim. After you’re done turning heads at the beach, toss this maxi over a swimsuit and head out for cocktails or dinner under the stars. If you prefer a more sheer look, the equally gorgeous Inca Abaya is made of a burnout cotton fabric. Shop the Pima Abaya in women’s sizes standard, petite, tall, and plus sizes in 15 colors.
$120 at Pítusa
Trina Turk Poppy High Neck Midi Dress
Effortless and lightweight, the chic, semi-sheer Poppy High Neck Midi Dress from Trina Turk is a vacation essential. With breezy side slits and a flattering midi-length, this cover-up is just what you need to take you from poolside to dinner in a snap. A deep halter V-neckline makes it flattering for all bust sizes, and a flattering empire waist and drapey gathered skirt creates the perfect silhouette. Shop the Poppy High Neck Midi Dress in women’s sizes XS to XL.
$162 at Everything But the Water
Asos Beach Kimono
Consider this tie-front beach maxi Beach Kimono your bathing suit’s sexy best friend. The long sleeves contrast well with the plunging neckline, and a tie front shows off two head-turning thigh-high splits. Even the print is hot—it’s named Heatmap Floral. Luckily, the sheer, lightweight chiffon fabric translates to comfortable wear even in the highest temps. Shop the Asos Design Beach Kimono in women’s sizes 0 to 14.
$35 at Asos (Save $11)
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