Whether you live near water, lounge by a pool in your backyard, or have an upcoming staycation planned, you will want to have several beach cover-ups that can be worn with or without your bathing suit. Many of us own traditional styles that are very short, low cut, or made from see-through fabrics, but there are great options you can comfortably wear all day long and into the night.

Taking a day trip and want to pack light? Wear one of these dresses over your suit while at the beach, and then simply swap out your suit for underwear (if you can find an open restroom!) and you are ready for sightseeing, window shopping or dinner. Is wearing a bathing suit not in your foreseeable future? All of these dresses will help you feel stylish AND comfortable, at home or wherever you may be going.

This striped cotton dress is part of the Free People Movement collection, designed for your active, on-the-go life. It has a maxi silhouette with side patch pockets, ideal for your cellphone or mask..

Marguerite Maxi Dress $78


This navy lace-up dress has nautical vibes and would look fabulous with white accessories after a day at the beach. Tommy Bahama makes terrific cover-ups that hold up well season after season.

Lace-Up Cover-up Dress $135


This vacay-ready stretchy dress comes in a beautiful azure blue and offers UV protection. The side pockets can stash your valuables.

Pearl Cover-Up Dress $125


This tie-dye dress by Red Haute has a flattering silhouette with its drop waist, and also comes in pale pink. If between sizes, size up.

Letty Cover-Up Dress $118

This chambray dress has softly frayed ruffle trim at the neckline and a frayed hem. The shift styling and tencel fabric will be comfortable with or without your swimsuit underneath.

Chambray Ruffle Shift Dress $115

It doesn’t get more flattering than an easy fitting cotton/modal maxi dress with an on-trend smocked waistline and tiered skirt. Love the casual-chic styling and seafoam green shade.

Tiered Smocked Waist Maxi $69



This budget-friendly tank dress is from the well-liked Nordstrom house brand Caslon. It comes in lots of colors, is knee length, and has a slubbed cotton-blend jersey fabric. Petite sizes are also available.

Muscle Tank Dress $49

A versatile tee shirt dress is a closet staple and provides some arm coverage too. This one by Boden comes in several colors and patterns. It has lots of great reviews and is currently on sale!

Georgia T-Shirt Dress $49



Warm days call for breezy linen, and this airy tunic has side pockets and three quarter sleeves for added sun protection. The detachable fabric belt can be tied to define your shape when you want to look more polished, or left loose and relaxed by the pool.

Kelsey Tunic in Tropical Stamp $98


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