Cover ups to cover up

A bikini or a swimsuit are the beach and pool essentials, but cover ups come a close second. What are cover ups? Well, essentially something to wear to cover up when the sun gets too much, or when you head off to the bar for lunch or a cooling drink, or even something to wear to the beach or pool.

Cover ups doesn’t just mean kaftans or sarongs though – we’ve come a long way from those days. Sarongs are pretty useful, and, if you can master them, they can be the most versatile cover-up of all.

Louche’s pom pom trimmed sarong (£18, JOY) is cute, agreed? Black is chic, but not the most cooling colour to wear on the beach.

pom pom saraong JOYMaybe H&M’s floral print, yellow-trimmed sarong (£7.99) is more beach-ready?

H&M cover ups sarong


If a sarong isn’t for you, then maybe a kaftan is? We adore this Principles by Ben de Lisi full-length kaftan from Debenhams (£38). It’s so chic! Perfect for the poolside bar perhaps.

Debenhams long kaftan


White Stuff’s beach dress (£49.95) has a fab pineapple print. No shoulders, it’s not top of the list of cover ups for keeping the sun off. But it is a cute little dress for throwing on when you head for lunch, or wearing down to the beach.

Whte Stuff bech dress cover upsCute little pair of shorts for popping on top of your swimwear? Look no further than these from Floozie by FrostFrench @ Debenhams (£25).

Debenhams beach shorts cover upsOr maybe you want to go a bit longer, with these fantastic printed loose trousers from H&M (£14.99) – superb beachwear!

H&M beach trousers cover upsBHS have one of those classic tube sundresses (£12.60) that you can wear as a skirt as well, in all sorts of colours. So retro-cool. So 1970s. So comfy!

BHS purple beach dress cover upsFrench Connection’s black and pom pom trimmed kaftan (£60) is open at the front to show off just that hint of bikini or swimsuit. It’s uber-chic beachwear!

French Connection pom pom kaftanKimonos are perfect for beachwear; easy to throw on, easy to roll up and pop in your bag, and they look great. There are SO many of them in the shops at this time of year. We love this black and blue one from Red Herring @ Debenhams (£32).

Debenhams cover upsBut, we also really love this tie-dye kimono – the king of the cover ups – from New Look (£19.99).kaftan cover ups new lookWhat would top your cover ups list?

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