When most of us ladies plan our holidays, finding what to wear on the beach is probably high on our agendas. There’s the swimwear to consider; do we go for revealing bikinis or an all in one swimming suit. For those of us to whom the thought of stripping off on a beach fills us with dread, there is an option of the beach cover-up.
Not only do they look stylish and sexy, but they also hide a multitude of sins, from flabby thighs to pale white skin. Thankfully retailers have cottoned onto the fact that not all of us have a supermodel body, and there are some fabulous cover-ups now that will take you straight from the beach to the evening.
Check out our pick of the best, from budget buys to all out designer.
BHS Great Value Feather Print Jersey Cover Up – £16.00
You won’t find a better value beach cover-up with a stunning print like this in many places. A lovely simple feather print in blues, pink and orange is part of a new mix and match style from BHS and incorporates coordinating swim and jersey beachwear. Features an elasticated under bust detail to ensure a modest and flattering fit. Available in sizes small, medium, large and extra large.
Dorothy Perkins Geo bandeau playsuit – £18.00
Cover-ups don’t just mean kaftans and summer dresses, you can always wear a stylish play-suit instead, and this one from Dorothy Perkins is one of our favourites. With a geo aztec bandeau style, you can easily wear this cover-up on the beach or out sight seeing. Available in sizes small, medium and large.
New Look Orange and White Stripe Bandeau Dip Hem Dress – £9.99
Stripes never go out of fashion as you can see here. A simple bandeau style with an on trend dip hem design. This dip hem dress would look fabulous off the beach when teamed with strappy sandals and metallic accessories. Available in sizes 8 to 18.
Accessorize Ombre Jersey T-Shirt – £22.00
What we love most about this beach cover-up is that it doesn’t look like a cover-up, it is simply styled as a dress that you could wear on or off the beach. The striking colours of neon pink and green in an ombre effect is bang on trend too. Available in sizes extra small, small, medium and large.
River Island Lime dip dye embellished kaftan – £25.00
A classic kaftan here from River Island in a cream and lime dip dyed colour. This versatile kaftan is super easy to wear and pack, and features all-over bead embellished front, V neck and drawstring waist. Available in sizes extra small, small, medium, large and extra large.
Topshop Multi Floral Print Cover Up – £20.00
A gorgeous multi-print cover up from Topshop that features a cut out back and bow tie detail. Sits beautifully on the bust to create a flattering shape for all figures. Available in sizes small, medium and large.
Missoni Home Obi striped linen-blend pareo – £126
Missoni, for less than £200? Oh yes, and in beautiful stripes too! And the best thing of all, this gorgeous graphic styled kaftan can be fashioned into a maxi skirt or used as a boho-luxe blanket. Available in sizes small, medium and large.
Melissa Odabash Barrie macramé cotton dress – £170
EXCLUSIVE TO NET-A-PORTER.COM. This super crocheted dress in black from Melissa Odabash is made from lightweight macramé cotton, which is perfect to help keep you cool on hot far away places. Easy to wear, simply pull over your shoulders for an instant glam effect.
Mara Hoffman Pow Wow printed voile sarong – £185
Don’t forget sarongs when thinking about beach cover-ups, they are perfect if you just want to cover your thigh and bottom area, but you feel confident about your bust and tummy. This bold graphic ‘Pow Wow’ sarong features bright colours of pink, yellow and orange. Simply slip around your waist or transform it into a mini dress.