The Best Swim Cover-Ups for All Shapes and Sizes


The swimsuit cover-up. My #1 favorite clothing item of summer. It embodies all the things right about summer days and nights: Sun, warmth, water and fun! Featuring lengths from short to long, here are the best swim cover-ups for all shapes and sizes.

Float Above the Knee

Billabong Out For Waves Cover Up Dress: I bought the black one last year and loved it so much, I got the striped one, too. It is ultra soft and airy, plus it gives good coverage while being the right amount of sheer. This has been the best swim cover-up for me.

Best Swim Cover-ups
Out For Waves in Black
Swim-Suit Cover-up
Out For Waves in Salt Crystal

Ralph Lauren Crushed Farrah Swim Cover-Up Dress: This cover-up is available in black. Here’s a similar one that’s available in white or black. 

 Left: Ralph Lauren Crushed Tunic                     Right: Ralph Lauren Crushed Farrah Dress

Elan Cover-up Slip Dress:Here’s a cover-up for the hottest days. It’s minimal, light, and catches every needed breeze. 

The Elan is available in six colors: ????????????????????????

Billabong Beach Vibes Cover-up



This style of swim cover-up is perfect for easy on-off coverage. Here are two that I love: 

Old Navy Button Front Caftan

Easy on-off with full closure button front

Kohl’s Button Front Styles 

The Best Swim Cover-Up Detail: Tassles

Put yourself in a caftan with tassles and you’ll be thinking, “How can life be any more festive?!” It’s like wearing a party on a dress! ???????????????? Check out these on Amazon.

Best Swim Cover-ups
Off-shoulder swim cover-up with tassles

Kimono Cardigan

Got a light-weight flowy cardigan in your closet? It’s on my list of best swim cover-ups because it looks beautiful over your swimsuit. I’ve worn this kimono cardi so many times on island vacays, at beaches here in New Hampshire, and in my own backyard. (You’ll also save room in your suitcase! This cardi went from airplane to ocean perfectly ✈????.) 

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Beautiful Maxi Cover-Ups

Effortless and flowing, if I could live in a maxi dress every day, I would. It’s absolutely perfect for a day trip, a night out, a beach walk, or anything leisurely. You definitely need a free hand to give your gorgeous dress a little lift to keep from stepping on it, so save this style for occasions when you’re more hands-free! I most certainly wear it every chance I get.

* Spouses and kids, carry all the stuff, please! Your mother needs to be comfortable and glamorous today, thank you.

Sunset Smocked Scoop Neck Cover-up Dress by Soluna

Lovestitch Gauze Maxi: This is my favorite maxi dress in the world. I’m not kidding. Remember my “if you love it buy multiple” advice? Well, I love it and I own 3 different colors. It’s so easy to wear over a swimsuit, or you can pair it with a bralette and a slip as a regular dress. So comfy and summery!

*Tip: On the inside, loosely connect the pockets with a stitch of thread or even a large safety pin. This gives it a shapely fit while still being loose enough that nothing hugs your body.

Best Swim Cover-ups for All Shapes and Sizes

All these colors to choose from!

From tie front to pull-over, sheer to strappy, find more maxi styles here on Amazon.

As you shop, keep in mind that the best swim cover-ups are also versatile. Most of these will also double as a sundress. Pair with a bralette and slip and off you go! 
I can’t help but smile, thinking about how precious our summer season is, and how lucky we are to live here on the Seacoast with the beautiful Atlantic just minutes away. Whether you’re at the beach, dipping your toes in a kiddie pool or running through sprinklers in the yard, may your swimsuit cover-up represent the sweetest memories of summer.
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