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7 Beach Coverups That Are Just As Trendy As They Are Functional

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Do you really need a beach coverup? Some might say that pulling on your shorts or any old dress will suffice for pulling on over your bathing suit, but trust us. Having an actual beach coverup that will dry quickly and act as an after-party dress is very clutch. A good coverup brings your whole beach or pool hang look together.

Whether you’re hanging at a pool, lake, or beach, you know how you feel after a long day in the sun, chlorine or sand and taking a car ride back to the house or stopping to get something to eat in wet jean shorts? Not fun at all. So a beach coverup is very much about fashion as much as it is about your own comfort and mental vibes. You can go super high-end silk caftan and channel White Lotus vibes or find some simple mesh dresses for see-through energy for next-to-nothing at retailers like H&M or the Gap. The moral of the story? A beach coverup is an act of self-care, it’s a luxury that only the most fashionable (and prepared) lean into, but everyone should! Not only do you look great, but you can actually be comfortable enough to want to stop for ice cream on the way home.

classic mesh maxi

This mesh maxi dress is classic beach cover-up vibes. The black will go with anything, but it’s also available in yellow if you want to contrast it with another print or colored suit.

white kaftan

This H&M beach kaftan will make you feel like you’re wandering the beach cliffs in Greece…even if you just are at the community pool.

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linen wrap skirt

This linen wrap is so versatile that for $23 you’d be silly to not scoop one up. In black, this dark green, and a bright red, there are tons of ways to make it work with your existing bathing suits.

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blue crochet dress

This crocheted patterned dress is the perfect complement for your bikini and works as well for after-beach drinks, too. There’s also a more neutral grey available.

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orange tunic

This orange tunic is giving Montauk and Malibu all at once. Except it’s affordable.

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oversized oxford shirt

This cut-out Oxford makes for a chic beach cover-up, whether in white, lime green, or one of the other colors available.

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open back mesh

This little mini dress with a deep scooped back is definitely not your traditional cover-up.

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Karen is an affiliate content writer and editor for the Her Campus community. More of her other current work can be found at High Snobiety where she covers celeb style, fashion trends, and sneakerhead life. Karen was formerly an entertainment writer and editor at Bustle, Screenrant, The Dipp, Hello Giggles, and probably any other website you can likely think of that covers entertainment, pop culture, and news. She has a B.A. in English and Journalism from Temple University in Philadelphia and an M.A. in Media Studies from The New School University. In a previous life, Karen spent almost a decade in Rome, Italy working as a student advisor for Northeastern University’s architecture study abroad program (and eating all of the pasta and pizza she could afford). She currently resides in Brooklyn, New York. When she's not glued to her laptop writing and adding things to cart, Karen's likely trying to learn how to do her own gel manicures while watching Bravo. If you want to talk about TV, the best sneakers and nail colors right this very minute, or where to go on a European spring break, don't be a stranger.