There are as many types of cover-ups as there are swimsuits!
Every situation calls for something different. Are you lazing by an elegant pool with drink in hand? Or chasing after kids? Avoiding the sun? Drying off? Or trying to stay modest in view of the neighbours as you walk into the house?
Here are a few cover-up suggestions for different situations:
Sporty, Active, or Avoiding the Sun
May I suggest a rashie? I’ve never worn one, but as far as I can tell, it’s a tight-fitting t-shirt made in swimwear or activewear fabric. Perfect for when you need to chase kids or play volleyball on the beach. Also excellent if, like me, you try to avoid the sun at all costs! I’d use the Cashmerette Concord tee, down a size or two from normal.
If you are looking for sporty bottoms, Jalie does swim shorts which would be great at the beach!
How about this Pinterest classic? Follow this tutorial to add straps to a towel and make it into a wrap-around mini dress. My advice though – practice putting it on an wearing it around in the comfort of your own home, because it seems to me like the wrong size towel or straps could take this from elegant simplicity to a wardrobe-malfuntioning hassle!
Staying modest while you get from point A to point B
Maybe your pool is in full view of the neighbours, or maybe you are swimming at a friend’s house… sometimes it’s handy to have something cute but covered to throw on while you head inside! (Or is this only me?) I’d go for a v-neck tunic with gathered waist, like the Style Arc Summer Cover-up. Cute, classic, and easy!
Lazing Elegantly by the Pool
I’d suggest a diaphanous kimono, like this Patterns for Pirates Summer Kimono or the Seamwork Almada pattern. Alternately, the Hot Patterns Madam Butterfly Wrap Dress would give you vintage glam and drama!
Dressed for the Day
Finally, what to wear over a bathing suit for the day? Especially when on holiday, you might be wearing your suit all day under your clothes. In that case, this Burda jersey dress or a Maria Denmark Signe halter dress would be summery, comfortable and cute.
What are your favourite type of cover-ups? Can you think of any clothing patterns that would make a great layer over a swimsuit?