Fashion & Beauty

The Beach Coverup Challenge

June 30, 2015



Long cotton caftan from J. Crew.

AS I GET OLDER, the thought of wearing a bathing suit becomes less and less appealing. Even in my bikini-wearing 20s, my zaftig thighs made me self-conscious. And now, some 30-plus years later, well, you can imagine.

My desire to walk on the beach, feel the sand between my toes and the waves lapping my feet butted up against the need for a bathing suit so much so that I began to look fondly at those bathing costumes from the Victorian era. Especially because the selection of coverups available in stores and/or online was so sparse. But in the last couple of years, thankfully, a flood of new options has surfaced on the market, giving us all choices on how little or how much flesh we want to camouflage and the looks we’d like to rock, from glamorous and seductive to sporty and classic.



Missoni Mare’s print knit coverup is a splurge but one you can keep for your grandchildren. We like the fluttery sleeves for upper-arm coverage and the whole look for instant Italian seaside elegance. SHOP.


This Miguelina cotton-knit keeps arms under wraps. Love that bohemian fringeSHOP.


BeachCover6webMidis and maxis offer the most coverage in a coverup. SHOP J. Crew’s cotton caftan (top photo).  Eberjey’s midnight-blue jersey tunic with side slits and a waist-defining drawstring can be worn as a coverup on the beach or as a day dress for town.  SHOP.


Jumpsuits are in vogue and more flattering than you would imagine. This Trina Turk floral cover-up jumpsuit looks like a bathing suit — with legs. SHOP.


BeachCover5webMara Hoffman’s embroidered slightly sheer gauze pant is the perfect pull-on with elastic waistband and practical side pockets. SHOP.


A versatile piece, sarongs can be styled as a sexy halter barely-there coverup to bare toned arms and legs or tied around the waist to hide less-than-gorgeous gams. SHOP.

–Janet Kelly

2 thoughts on “The Beach Coverup Challenge

  1. jura says:

    It’s impossible to just find a simple cotton short sleeve tee-shirt dress. You can wear it driving to do your errands going to the beach and then wear it at the beach too. These things just do not exist.

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