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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Cover up cardigans

Yeah, we know it was sunny last week, and we all thought it was summer, but we should have known. What’s that saying again? Never cast a clout until May’s out. (It’s something like that, if you want to know more, look here).

The clout in the saying, is a coat, a cover-up, a cardigan. So, for the whole of May, keep those cardigans in your bag! You never know in this country when you need one! But, according to the old saying, you need one for the whole of May.

So, we’ve had a little look and rounded up the best cover up cardigans in the centre!

Lets start with the chunky cover up cardigans. These are for those days in May that just feel like winter – you know we get them. A substantial cardigan is required – chunky and warm, or long.

Cover up cardigans fourClockwise, from top left: Chunky knit cardigan, £24.99, H&M, frill sleeve detail cardigan, £95, French Connection, maxi cardigan, £24.99, Urban Bliss at New Look, patterned long cardigan, £19.99, H&M, zip cardigan, £65, Crew Clothing.

Wrap cardigans, blanket style cardigans, waterfall cardigans, big, loose, slouchy, kimono style cover up cardigans, We love them all, they keep us warm!

Cover up cardigans threeClockwise, from top left: Check cardigan wrap, £15, Evans @ BHS, pink waterfall cardigan, £39.95, White Stuff, chunky wrap cardigan, £24.99, H&M, aztec print wrap cardigan, £120, French Connection, white kimono style cardigan, £22.99, New Look, wide mustard cardigan, £14.99, H&M

A little lacy cardigan isn’t going to keep your overly warm, but it’s something, and these lace numbers are perfect evening cardigans, or for something less formal than a jacket at a summer wedding.

cover up cardigans twoClockwise, from top left: Black lace back cardigan, £17.99, New Look, blue lace detail cardigan, £23, Dorothy Perkins @ BHS, pink crochet front cardigan, £80, French Connection, pink lace cardigan, £35, BHS

If a classic cardigan shape is your thing, you are in luck! The shops are full of them in all sorts of patterns, prints and colours.

Cover up cardigans oneClockwise, from top left: Beige cropped cardigan, £9.99, New Look, blue floral cardigan, £32, J by Jasper Conran @ Debenhams, print cardigan, £45, White Stuff, blue v-neck cardigan, £39.95, White Stuff, yellow bow detail cardigan, £30, JOY, navy stripe cardigan, £12.80, BHS