Swimsuit Cover Ups
I think the official “dog days of summer” begin in August, but if you live almost anywhere in the continental United States, you’ll agree that they’ve already arrived. I’ve been spending a lot more time in the water trying to stay cool this summer. A necessity for me is a beach cover up. There are two reasons for this: 1) I have very fair skin, so even with lots of sunscreen, I like to take a break from the sun’s rays. 2) Sometimes my jiggly bits make me self-conscious and it’s nice to have a few moments of modesty. (Soon arriving in bookstores near you, Moments of Modesty, the antithesis of Fifty Shades of Grey!) Now is a good time to buy a new cover up–most of them are on sale as stores look toward the fall fashions. Our picks below:
This cover up has everything I like. It’s short to show off the legs, has a plunging neck to show off the cleavage, but covers the middle and the behind. Plus, it’s white and airy so it will be cool in even the hottest temperatures. Love the a.n.a. brand at JCPenney–decent quality, especially for the price, and great styles.
Another cover up similar to our first pick, but this one is in vibrant colors. Also available in white and a beautiful gold color (though for considerably more $$$).
For those desiring a bit more coverage, this option from Old Navy is really pretty. The tropical print at left gives more coverage because the print breaks up the view of the body, even through the sheer chiffon material. The pink version at right is going to show pretty much everything, though through rose colored glasses (wink, nudge). My favorite part of this pick is the top–that draping over either shoulder and the slightly gathered bust. Very flattering for almost every body type. Plus, cheap!
Maybe you want to show off your top half but disguise the bottom a bit. Or you want just a bit more coverage while walking on the beach or sitting at the outdoor bar at your resort. These super simple, super cute sarongs are the ticket. I especially love the black and white option which is versatile for any color suit you have but looks really sharp with a black or white suit. On sale!
A shorter version of the sarong above, I love how this option focuses on the tie at the hip. Sexy, feminine, and pretty. This sarong by this brand is available in a ton of different colors, textures, and patterns. Marked down!
Stylists, designers, and fashionistas everywhere have been saying since winter–color is back! And this cover up definitely got the memo. I love the haphazard design, the bright tones, and even that crazy asymmetrical sleeve! This cover up is definitely about the form as much as the function–wear if you love color and look forward to turning heads.
Jantzen Women’s Long Sleeve Lace Jacquard Cover Up – $41.28 – $54
Oh Jantzen, how I love you. Aren’t these cover ups darling? Textured, airy, cardigan-style cover ups. I can see myself wearing the black version on a boat, accessorized by a black and white polka dot bikini, big yellow gold hoops, bright red nails, and wedge flip flops, sipping a vodka-lemonade. Yes, I have a rich inner life. Join me, won’t you?
Do you love a cover up? Or do you flaunt what God gave ya? Tell us about it in the comments section!