When you are going on a beach holiday, you want to make sure you have a good bathing suit or bikini. Check our article on the best bathings suits for women over 40 for that. However, just as important is to find the best bathing suit cover ups.
A great swimsuit cover up can help you to feel more confident on the beach or by the pool as well as ensuring that you can easily head from the beach to lunch. Below, you’ll find my favorite cover-ups as well as ways to wear them.
What to look for to find the best bathing suit cover ups?
Below are some of the requirements to think about when choosing a good bathing suit cover up:
Is it easy to put on?
You want adding your cover-up to your bathing suit to be easy and quick as you may be taking it on and off several times during the day.
Ideally it fits with your bathing suit
Why should coordinating your clothes stop at the beach? You could either choose a matching style of cover-up, or you could always opt for a neutral such as black or white which will go with all of your swimwear.
Or, of course, the other way around – a plain swimsuit and a patterned cover-up.
It needs to be stylish
It goes without saying that you want to feel good about yourself, especially on the beach where you may be more conscious of your body. A great bathing suit cover up will give you confidence!
Jodie @jtouchofstyle above looks stylish in her geometric print three-quarter sleeve cover-up.
It’s good for the beach but can also double as a stylish dress
Choose the right cover-up and you can wear for lunch or even dinner. Or, you could even style your cover-up as a long duster jacket for another outfit idea. Of course, not all bathing suit cover ups need to comply with this, but it’s nice to have a few options that can do this.
It needs to protect you from the sun
Bathing suit cover ups shouldn’t just cover up the parts of your body you perhaps aren’t so confident about. They should also cover your shoulders and back to protect you from the sun and its aging effects
No matter which beach destination you choose, there is likely to be plenty of sun and beautiful beaches so coverups (and lots of sunscreen) are essential. Below are some of the best tunics and caftans for the beach this season.
The best bathing suit cover ups to choose this season
Now that you’re thinking about the style and type of cover-up you might like, below you will find some of the most stylish swimsuit cover-ups to choose this season:
Short swimsuit cover-up
A short swimsuit cover up that covers the most important areas is fabulous for strolling on the beach and would also look lovely worn over leggings with sandals for evening.
Sandra @lapecosapreciosa above opts for a high-low style that picks up the color of her swimsuit.
If you like to cover up your belly but you are fairly confident about your upper arms, you could choose a sleeveless cover-up. The Tommy Bahama dress (below) has a draped style cut with a handkerchief hem.
Gauzy and lightweight, the tunic style cover-up (below) will keep you covered up stylishly.
For a warmer and more casual cover up, how abot the striped cover-up (below) which could be ideal for cooler vacation spots.
Plus, you could easily wear it with leggings or pants for evening.
Tie-dye is particularly on-trend right now. But the Amazon cover-up dress (below) also comes in a huge range of colors and prints if you prefer.
Of course, you don’t just have to choose a top to cover up with at the beach. You could choose an all in one to wear over your swimsuit.
Now, let’s take a look at some longer dresses you could choose to wear on the beach.
Kimba @kimbalikes above opts for a long caftan-style dress with her gold shoes.
A maxi cover up dress is a lovely chic option for the beach. This one doesn’t cover your shoulders so be sure to add plenty of sun protection, but it will be super stylish when you go for dinner on the beach in the evening.
Midi lengths are very of-the-moment, and the vertical stripes and v-neck on the stripe dress (below). I like the asymmetrical hemline too.
For a glamorous option that would look lovely worn on the beach or with gold jewelry away from it, the Elan cover-up (below) is perfect.
off the shoulder
Tiered dresses are on-trend at the moment, but some aren’t flattering because of where the waistline sits.
The off-the-shoulder styling and the cinched waist of the ruffle dress (below) should be figure-flattering, particularly if you are a pear shape and want to balance out larger hips.
long sleeve dress
Many beach cover-ups are sleeveless. But, if you prefer to cover-up your upper arms because you don’t feel confident about them or you want to avoid sunburn, a longer sleeves style like the Billabong cover-up (below) could be the answer.
The crochet style (below) drapes across the body. Like many cover-ups, it is see-thru though, so this is one to keep for the beach rather than doubling as a dress. Unless, of course, you add another layer underneath.
printed cover-up dress
I like the graphic print on the v-neck cover-up below and the fact it ties at the waist to add shape to your silhouette. Reviewers say it can be worn with nude underwear away from the beach and you can adjust the back straps depending on how much coverage you want.
A neutral cover-up will never go out of fashion, and will go with all the swimsuits in your suitcase. The La Blanca cover-up (below) is 100% cotton so it should keep you nice and cool.
I couldn’t resist adding some extra caftans as they are one of the easiest styles to wear at the beach.
This provides the best coverup and you can potentially feel like and look like a goddess in one of these. It feels exotic and glamorous to wear one.
You could easily wear for the beach during the day and then add some heels and jewelry for dinner.
Maudie @my_silver_years above looks fabulous in her animal print caftan with that beautiful view behind her.
There are more stylish caftans below that you could choose.
If you just want to add a little extra coverage while you’re on the beach – perhaps because you aren’t so confident about your hips or thighs – then a short wrap or sarong can be the perfect option.
Prefer to cover up your lower body too? Then these cover up pants are for you.
They are easy to combine with some of your tunics and kaftans too!
What to wear with your cover-ups or caftans
Now that you’ve chosen your favorite cover-up style, how exactly will you wear it?
The obvious way (with your swimsuit)
Add some leggings for evening
Leggings are perfect too. So comfortable and easy to wear on holiday. You can pop your leggings under your cover-up so you’re ready for lunch or for sightseeing. And they’re easy to pack in your suitcase as they don’t take up much room at all.
Check this article for the best leggings for women over 40.
Your swimsuit cover-up doesn’t have to be kept only for the beach. You can wear for day-to-day too by adding over the top of your t-shirt and jeans. If you choose a lowercut top you could always add a camisole.
I love wearing my shorts on vacation. They make for a great relaxed look while combining them with kaftans and kimonos.
For more guidance check our article on how to wear shorts over 40.
Top brands for caftans and tunics
I hope you have been able to find the best bathing suit cover ups for your needs.
If you need something to wear underneath, be sure to check out the best bathing suits and swimwear.
Have you find the best bathing suit cover ups yet for your style?
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