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Stylish Cover-Ups: What To Wear Over A Swimsuit

Jul 04,2024

What to wear over a swimsuit blog cover image with Perrie Sian posing in a white crochet maxi dress on a balcony over a white bikini set

So, you’re heading to the beach or soaking up the sun poolside and you’re on the hunt for the perfect beach cover up – but what do you wear?  

More than just a fashion statement, a cover up will make sure you feel comfortable when you’re hitting up the beach bar for a midday snack or heading down to the pool from your hotel room. We’re here to help you find the right style for you, to suit the level of coverage you prefer.  

Including flowy sarongs and crochet maxi dresses in lightweight fabrics to keep you cool, our beachwear collection has plenty of pieces to wear as a swimsuit cover up. Keep scrolling for our full guide on what cover ups to wear over your swimwear and nail beach fashion. 

A Beach Dress 

Wearing a maxi dress or mini dress as your beach cover up is an effortless choice you can just slip on and off over your swimsuit or bikini. Go for a sundress in a lightweight materials like chiffon, crochet or linen to stay cool. Our collection of beach dresses has plenty of styles between sheer and more revealing designs to elegant dresses that double as evening wear. 

Perrie Sian posing outside on a balcony in a white crochet maxi dress over a white bikini set
White crochet flare sleeve midaxi dress

Model posing in a black mini chiffon halterneck strappy swing dress

Black halterneck mini swing dress

A Beach Sarong 

A sarong skirt is an elegant and versatile way to cover up poolside, with the versatility of tying it in more ways than one. For longer maxi sarongs, you can experiment and tie it as a dress for extra coverage, whereas a mini beach sarong will go around your waist for less coverage. Find all our women’s sarongs here

Hannah Brown posing outside in a nude frill detail tie sarong skirt and white bikini top
Chiffon frill detail wrap sarong

Jess Millichamp posing on the beach in a pink ombre print sarong skirt and matching bikini top

Ombre abstract print multiway sarong

Shorts & Shirt Co-Ord 

For a more casual swimsuit cover up, opt for a shorts and floaty shirt co-ord that doubles as a cute daytime outfit in the hot weather. Our collection of beach shorts with matching shirts has all the colours and styles you need whether you prefer something for statement or low-key. 

Model posing in a green and blue ombre print chiffon shirt and shorts co-ord over a ombre bikini top with sandals
Ombre print chiffon beach shirt + Floaty beach shorts

Crochet Cover Ups 

Crochet is a timeless and breathable fabric that comes back every summer. With it’s holey design, it’s the perfect stylish option to wear over your bikini and head to the bar in style. Whether you go for crochet tops, trousers, a crochet dress or crochet skirt, our crochet clothing collection will make sure you’re beach ready looking 10/10.  

Hannah Brown posing in a black short sleeve crochet shirt and crochet trousers co-ord set with sandals and sunglasses
Crochet button down shirt + Wide leg trousers co-ord

The Kimono

A beach kimono makes a great breezy option and light layer you can simply just throw on, whilst providing extra sun protection. Often made from chiffon fabric in many different colours and patterns, kimonos can give you everything from a laid-back look to beach chic style. 

Jess Millichamp posing in a multicolour green abstract print kimono over an orange swimsuit on a balcony
Abstract print tie front beach kimono

Hannah Brown posing on a bikini in a sage green and peach patterned tie front bikini over a sage green cutout swimsuit

Printed tie front kimono

Our wide variety of beach cover ups and swimwear will make sure you're prepared for everything from a pool party to your next beach vacation.


From the In The Style Team x