Although sunning in a swimsuit has its appeal, the swimsuit cover-up is a humble holiday staple with immense value. It may not evoke the same excitement, but it's a practical, stylish option that completes a holiday capsule. The kaftan has long been a firm favourite for holiday goers. Now, swimsuit cover-ups are increasing in demand, and the styles are becoming more varied year on year.
Maxi-length crochet knits are the prime contender right now. They've firmly settled into the beachwear category as open weaves are better suited to the tropics. These styles in sweeping lengths have shaken up beachwear as we once knew it.
Whether you need protection from sweltering rays, a transitional beach-to-dinner piece, or a free-flowing frock, you'll be pleased with the extensive cover-up offerings this year. Swimsuit cover-ups come in a host of designs and fabrications. This summer, aside from the crochet knit, the most predominant style is a silk sarong, which can work as a halterneck dress, a bandeau or, of course, a traditional wrap-around skirt.
Cotton-gauze dresses are my favourite type of cover-up, and I tend to squeeze the most wear out of them. They're suitable for hot temperatures and loose-flowing for maximum comfort. Caravana is an expert at this dress style. It produces organic-looking relaxed pieces crafted with an ancient Mayan technique. Alexandra Miro is another brand to watch. It uses viscose to achieve free-flowing styles that sway in the breeze. If you have a holiday or beach day on the horizon, keep reading for my edit of swimsuit cover-ups.
Shop My Edit of Chic Swimsuit Cover-Ups
1. Shirt Dress
4. Pareos and Sarongs
5. Crochet Dress
6. Maxi Dress