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How to Find the Right Swimsuit Cover-Up

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 Photo by Jaci MarieSarong can be purchased for $38 at Printed Village. 

Although the first day of summer isn’t officially here yet, it feels like summer is in full-swing. I am prepping to spend every free moment by the ocean or in a pool. If you’re also wanting to spend some quality time in a swimsuit, you might want to check out a few of my favorite swimsuit cover-ups that are available now.

When looking for a swimsuit cover-up, there are a few things to look for: function, coverage, fabric, and of course, style. It’s good to start with function. What are you looking for it to do and what are you planning on doing in it? If you want to hike up a sand dune or play in the grass with kids, a pant might be the perfect choice. If you’ll be having lunch or doing other activities that need a versatile look, you can choose a dress or jumper.

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(From left to right: Maxi dress can be purchased for $138 at NordstromJumper can be purchased for $88 at AnthropologiePalazzo pants can be purchased for $36.18 at Nordstrom.)

When it comes to coverage, it’s a personal choice. If you’re in a climate that the weather tends to change rapidly, you might want a caftan or maxi dress. They also work if you spend most of your swim time with family and friends and you want something that covers more of your body. If your main focus is to tan, you might want something with less coverage. A wrap or sarong is great because you can wear it open — for partial protection — or wrap it up for more warmth to-and-from your aquatic destination.swim_coverups

(From left to right: Dress can be purchased for $118 at NordstromCaftan can be purchased for $400 at Barney’s New YorkWrap can be purchased for $199 at Anthropologie.)

You should also give thought to the fabric your cover-up is made with. Some fabrics, like cotton and terrycloth, absorb water and can double as a towel. If you live in a really hot climate, you might be looking for something that is also really light and airy. In that case, I would stay away from most synthetic fabrics that don’t breath and can leave you sweaty.swim_covers

(From left to right: Shorts can be purchased for $17.95 at H&M, Kimona cover-up can be purchased for $21.80 at Forever21, Dress Cover-Up can be purchased for $49 at Lulu*s.)

The last key to finding your perfect summer cover-up is style — your style! Personally, I like to match my suit. If it’s a red, gold, or navy blue suit, you could wear something nautical-inspired. If my swimsuit is a black, I like to stick with the elegant color or do something fun, like animal print. If your suit is a solid color, have fun with a bright floral or classic stripe. Or if your suit is a pretty pattern, you can stick to something simple.

Hopefully you’ve narrowed down which type of swim cover-up would fit your needs; now the fun part, finding the one that fits your personality. Don’t forget, if you don’t have it in your budget to grab something new, you can always pull a button-down shirt out of yours or your significant other’s closet, and leave it open or tie it around your waist! Have a great summer!Screen Shot 2014-05-31 at 4.11.02 PM

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