Six swimsuit cover-ups that provide style and protection.
You’ve packed your SPF, your swimsuit and your sunglasses — now all you need for that much-needed vacation is a beach cover-up that actually, you know, covers you up.
Shorts and tanks are fine, but may not do much when it comes to UV protection. Also, if you invest in a piece designed for sand and sun, it’s more likely to be lightweight, easy to clean and made to throw on over a bikini.
Here are some picks for cover-ups that provide style and protection.
Eberjey Tessa Broderie Anglaise-Trimmed Crinkled Gauze Mini Dress ($135 at net-a-porter.com). A fluted hem and cuff add subtle on-trend elements, while a crinkled gauze fabric makes it easy to pack and wear.
Pitusa Pima Sundress ($102 at shopbop.com). Soft burnout fabric and a glam design allows this piece to easily go from beach to dinner.
Madewell Chambray Ex-Boyfriend Shirt in Buckley Wash ($72 at madewell.com). Buy one size up and wear this classic shirt style as a dress.
Just Female Beach Shirt Dress ($130 at needsupply.com). Blue and white stripes add a classic summer feel to this versatile cover-up/dress.
Reformation Martine Dress ($158 at thereformation.com) Pineapple pockets give this 100 percent linen, mini-length cover-up a hint of whimsy.
H&M Poncho ($30 at hm.com). Pair this airy piece with gladiator sandals and a wide-brim hat for an Instagram-ready beach look. Available in white or pink.