Choosing a Beach Cover-up

It’s almost the Fourth of July and summer is in full swing. So whether you’re celebrating by watching fireworks (lucky enough to be in a spot that’s shooting them off), driving down along the beach or barbecuing by a pool, your outfit to celebrate Independence Day (and beyond during these hot and sunny days) likely consists of a bathing suit and the all-so-necessary cover-up. Here, helpful guidelines to choosing a beach cover-up.


Blue Nomad Jumpsuit by Juliet Dunn, julietdunn.com; £162

Choose a bathing suit before the cover-up

Even if you’re not planning to take off your cover-up, it’s important to establish the shape of your suit before you pair it with a cover. The look is more pulled together and more flattering when the shape of your cover-up follows the same basic lines as the top of your bathing suit. For instance, with triangle or halter shaped tops, choose V-neck covers. For bandeau-style bathing tops, wear with cover-ups that are strapless or go straight across.


White Backless Cover Up with Tassels by Cupshe, cupshe.com; $23

Different price points

When choosing a beach cover-up, look for ones in every price point It’s more important to splurge on suits, since fit is key. There are beautiful covers in expensive price points, of course, but also amazing selections at discount and mainstream retailers.


Baja Leopard Crop Top, $146 and Baja Leopard High Waisted Jogger, $198, by Letarte Luxe; letarteluxe.com.

Where to wear it

Consider where you will be wearing. A casual backyard event does not necessarily call for as much coverage as if you are planning to go from beach to the beachside dining restaurant—all in the same outfit.


Ombre Silk Maxi Dress by Juliet Dunn, julietdunn.com; £460.

Tap into your style

Beach coverups don’t have to be meshy, short numbers—although they can be. There are also button-down tunics, mid-length dresses, maxi dresses, flowy skirts and jogger pants.


Floral Ruffle Wrap Dress by Cupshe, cupshe.com; $25.

Make sure to accessorize

Once you’ve got the perfect beach attire, accessorize: a beach bag, sunglasses, a sunhat, flip flops and jewelry—like an anklet or delicate neck chain with charm.


Ponza Embroidered Dress, $228, St. Barts Maxi Skirt, $208 and St. Barts Crop Top, $128 by Letarte Luxe; letarteluxe.com.

Laura Maged is the WLM fashion editor and founder of stylestorybylm.com and on Instagram @stylestorybylm.

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