You’ve found the perfect swimsuit! Are you sure that beach wardrobe is now complete? Whether it’s for that self-conscious voice inside of you or for sun protection, having that coveted cover-up is a must. Amp up your shore style by choosing the right cover-up before you hit the beach.
Whatever your body type might be, nothing can beat this classic cover-up, which can be knotted any which way. With the millions of ways to wear a sarong, surely you’ll find one that best suits you. Wrap it around your arms to hide any flab, tie it around your hips to highlight your curves, or simply let it flow free.
2. Sheer Cover-Up
A sheer or a crocheted cover-up allows your colorful and printed swimwear to pop. What’s more, its fabric lets you display that hard-earned bikini body. If you’re a pear or strawberry shape, it’s best to wear this open as this creates a vertical illusion, slimming you down and making you look taller.
3. Maxi Dress
A maxi dress up can take you from the pool to the party and back again with very little effort. It gives off a long and lean vibe with its rectangular design. If you’re busty, pick a flared hemline to balance out your top half.
Afraid of sunburn or over-tanning? Opt for a long-flowing kaftan. A V neckline compliments most body types and softens the shoulder lines while its cinched waist displays your curves. Plus, this design provides that boho-chic look that speaks of beach glam, so you can go from sunning on the shore to sunset walk to poolside cocktail date without any trouble at all.
5. Oversized Tee
It’s time to strut those toned legs. Lightweight and worryfree when it comes to wrinkles, water, and stains, your shirt would can be a great guard against the heat of the sun. If you are petite, choose one with a three-fourths sleeves as this gives proportion to your body.
Keeps your skin protected from the sun as you hide any bulges in your arms, midsection and hips with a poncho. For those with a triangle shape, this is the cover-up for you as its details draws the eyes to the upper half of your body.[crp]
An above the waist kimono is perfect for most body shapes. If you are tall, then you can go for a long and flowy one without the fear of being swamping your silhouette. What more, a kimono can easily transition to non-beach wear making it a great investment.
Add some jazz to your poolside style with a tunic. Its V neckline flatters every body type, and it looks great on women with round and square-shaped faces as it creates an elongated look. Its shape hides that tummy too, and its hemline levels a heavy upper body.
9. Halter Tube Dress
Show off those sexy shoulders and toned arms with a halter dress. Go for a maxi tube dress to leave something to the imagination. This’ll also take you from beach wedding or date to sandy frolics, so there’s no need to worry if you’ve something more than a casual day at the beach planned for your trip.
Your favorite jumpsuit can go on double duty as it provides a stylish take on your summer wear and at the same time gives you some coverage. A tie belt design offers some curves, making it a runaway hit for those with athletic builds.
11. Short Shorts
If you want a tan, this pair of teeny bottoms will definitely help you. What’s more, you’ll also get to flaunt those killer abs you’ve been working so hard for. Shy away from a denim pair, as its material is not too water-friendly, clinging to your skin when wet. Opt instead for a cotton or dri-fit fabric.
Which of these items will you be packing for your beach trip? If it’s an extended stay, you may want to consider all of the above!
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Ana Valenzuela graduated with a degree in AB Literature from UST. She has written for several media outlets. She is currently taking her Master's from UP.