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9 Stylish and Comfy Bathing Suit Cover-Ups

Bathing suit cover ups under $70
Design: theSkimm | Image: Free People, Madewell
Jun 7, 2022

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Towel? Check. Good book? Check. SPF? Check. Something to wear over your beloved bikini? Not so sure. If you haven't snagged the perfect beach cover-up for your summer adventures yet, we gotchu. Because having something on hand that's easy to slip on post-swim as you head into town for a bite or a quick shopping trip is essential. We've got bathing suit cover-ups great for lounging, a cover-up dress that can take you straight from the pool to lunch, and more. (Bonus: Most of 'em are under $70.)

PS: Want something new to put under these cover-ups? Check out our recs for swimwear that’s worth your money, plus our fave high-waisted bikinis. And these things you’ll be glad you brought to the beach. 

An above-the-knee crochet cover-up option for your tropical vacay…

Complete with a V-neck design, cute hanging tassels, and an adjustable side tie. It comes in three neutral colors — a nude pink, creamy white, and stark black — and has a one-size-fits-most sizing option. Customers love the soft, thin material, but note that it’s not as durable as some other cover-ups, so handle with care. ($27.99, Target

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A maxi dress cover-up to wear into town, to the pool, and back again… 

It's got spaghetti straps and a deep V-neck so your swimsuit can peek out at the top. Our favorite feature? The hidden side pockets — perfect for holding your phone or keeping any seashells you may find on your beach walk. Psst…the brand recs sizing down for the best fit. ($58, Nordstrom)

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A blanket shirt that feels exactly like it sounds…

This all-year essential is an organic cotton dream. Wear it open for some midday coverage (gorgeous gorgeous girls protect those shoulders). Then button it up as the sun sets, and head straight out for beach bonfires, boardwalk adventures, and…any other evening activities. PS: Skimm’rs get 20% off with code SKIMMSUN. ($148, Outerknown)* 

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A plus-size sarong cover-up with options… 

Like this long printed one that can easily go from the beach to the beachside brunch you’ve got planned after, or this sheer pair that’ll match any swimsuit. Sizes range from 16 to 24. Psst…it also comes in shorter options, and you can even wear this one as a shawl or as a full-body cover-up. We love a versatile style. ($11.99+, Amazon)

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A breezy button-down cover-up…  

Take your fave white button-down, turn it into a flowing dress, and voilà, you’ve got this perfect, lightweight cover-up. It has buttons that go all the way down the front and two side slits for easy wear. It comes in just one size meant to fit up to a size 12 (though customer reviews note it runs large). Once you’re done rocking this beauty for the day, the brand recs a hand wash and line dry. ($68, Nordstrom)

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An adjustable knit mini dress for your boardwalk stroll…

Or pre-beach brunch. It's got a super-low scoop back and adjustable ruched drawstring sides so you can show as little or as much as you’d like. It comes in three colors and runs from XS to XXL. Bonus: The lightweight dress is also machine washable. ($56, Revolve

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A short cotton sarong that goes with everything… 

This one’s made from sustainable materials like organic cotton and recycled polyester and comes in five colors. (We’re partial to the white and tea rose shades.) The drapey style can be tied on the sides and is great for anyone who wants to show off the top of their swimsuit. ($39.50, J.Crew)

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Airy double-gauze cotton cover-up pants… 

Not a dress person? We see you. These bottoms are ideal for sunny days spent by the ocean or days when the temps soar and you wanna throw on something nice and airy. They’ve got a relaxed fit, tasseled waist ties, and four pockets, in sizes XXS–XXL and three neutral shades. While the pants are lightweight, customers say they aren't sheer. Pair them with a basic white top or your fave bikini top for an effortless look. ($59.50, Madewell)

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An oversized tie-dye kimono-style cover-up… 

This cover-up is an HQ’r fave thanks to its flowy fit and versatile styling options. Wear it belted at the waist, pair it with an everyday jean and T-shirt or (of course) over your swimsuit. It comes in 11 colors all featuring a white tie-dye design. ($68, Free People)

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