8 Types of Cover-Ups: A Guide

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They’re great at getting you to and from the beach, and from the beach to the bar for a snack during the beach day! With such a range of options, we’ve summed up the top beach cover-up styles that you should explore. To get to know all your different options, keep reading below!


This stylish beachwear is one of the most popular forms of beach cover-ups today, and for multiple reasons. The sarong does a great job of flattering your body while also giving you a more elegant profile. Due to its adaptability and utility, it can be used in a number of different ways, making it a beach must-have.

To complete your summery outfit, you just need one thing. Since it can be worn in so many different ways (for example, as a skirt, a wrap-style dress, or even a shawl or scarf), it allows you to expand your wardrobe without breaking the bank.

If you want to make a fashion statement opt for a fun colored sarong with special patterns that compliment your swimwear.

There are also multiple ways to wear it. Simply fold it diagonally in half, wrap it around your waist, collect the two ends, and tie a knot on the side to wear it as a short skirt. Wrap the sarong horizontally around your waist, squeeze both corners, tie a knot, and twist it to one side of your hip to reveal a bit of leg as you walk.

Our Tropics Of Tropez Pareo Wrap is a perfect example of a summer sarong.


Tunics are a stylish swimwear cover-up. They are a long, flowing top that hits just below the knee. They’re frequently made of lightweight materials and generally are embroidered or beaded.

It tends to have a loose silhouette, making it ideal for any body shape, and providing a comfortable option for the beach. For the ultimate outfit, pair it with a hat and large sunglasses.

Tunics with side vents, a slightly tapered waist, and a wide neck opening flatter the hips and thighs well for pear-shaped ladies. Consider wearing large earrings and a necklace that brings attention to your upper body to balance off your lower half.

Choose a gorgeous V-neck tunic that draws attention to your neck and face if you are apple-shaped. Make sure your tunic isn't too clinging or too loose for individuals with a big body so you can show off your collarbone and wrists.

If you’re looking for a tunic, our Isla Del Sol V-Neck is a great summery option, with a bold and bright floral print.

Sun Dress

The sundress is one of the most popular beach cover-ups available, especially if you enjoy dressing up a little at the beach. A sundress is a go-to summer outfit for anyone, and it can vary in length, it may be short, long, strapless, or any other length you like!

Sundresses are fantastic since they are cool, fresh, and easy to throw on and take off over a swimsuit. There are so many patterns to fit every body type that you will have no trouble finding an item that is suitable for you this summer.

Choose an A-line dress for a universally flattering silhouette. It is a well-balanced shape that creates a flattering and forgiving silhouette for all body types, from petite to an hourglass figure, and everything in between.

Consider a wrap sundress if you're looking for a traditional style that's a little looser than an A-line. The wrap draws attention to your contours, while the tie waist gives the appearance of a smaller waist.

Choose a boxy shift dress if you don't want anything to cling to your body. This figure-flattering sundress doesn't draw attention to anyone's features, giving you a balanced profile (and the ideal breezy bathing suit cover-up).

Check out our Capri Stripe Off the Shoulder Dress for a cute summer sundress. The off-the-shoulder neckline is an extremely flattering option for just about anyone and the loose silhouette just cinched in at the waist makes it extremely comfortable.


Playsuits, jumpsuits, pantsuits, rompers, and dungarees are all interchangeable in today's fashion. In a nutshell, these beach cover-ups are essentially an all-in-one outfit.

They come in a variety of designs, including strapless, asymmetrical necklines, sleeveless, backless, and full coverage. Many playsuits are made of light materials that are great for the summer heat, and many are even available in crochet or lace.

One of the nicest things about a playsuit is that it flatters all body types while still being stylish enough for more formal beach occasions like dinner dates or parties. It'll look great with flip-flops, flats, tennis shoes, or espadrilles — pretty much anything!


Kaftans, a classic Moroccan, African, and Middle Eastern garment, are making a comeback as loose and comfortable cover-ups. They're wonderful since you can dress them up or down, making them appropriate for any casual or dressy occasion.

Due to its adaptability, this luxuriously soft and airy apparel is a go-to item for special beach parties. Get ready to party all night long by pairing it with accessories and a fashionable beach bag.

It is available in a variety of silhouettes, lengths, patterns, and colors to suit your preferences. This naturally comfortable garment conceals any bloating and is flattering on all body types.

Our sea-inspired Seaglass Shores V-Neck Caftan is the perfect example of a casual beach kaftan. Best worn to the beach, it's perfect to get you from the sand to the restaurant without much thought.


As a beach cover-up, this traditional Japanese garment is quickly gaining traction. Most beach kimonos are knee length with sleeves that extend a little below the elbows, but this adaptive and versatile item can also come in and be worn in ankle-length versions.

You can simply add pieces to improve your overall beach style with an enormous, floating shape. Pair your kimono with an oversized straw hat, denim shorts, a bikini top, a pair of open-toe shoes, and cool sunglasses for a chic, bohemian vibe.

The Mediterranean Breeze Kimono on our website is the perfect option for a laid-back, casual outfit that fits the boho-chic bill.

Wrap Dress

Wrap dresses are the perfect option for laid-back resort style. These easy-to-wear pieces are well-known for complimenting many body types and sizes, making them ideal beach cover-ups.

Go for a piece with a V neckline to compliment your neckline and thin over the hips if you're pear-shaped or want to add curves. If you have a short torso, look for a dress with a plunging neckline to extend it.

A wrap dress with a knee-length hemline would suffice for those who like a bit of extra coverage. Choose a garment with a deep V neck for a night at the beach. Or go for a longer-length version for a chillier summer night!

Maxi Dress

A maxi dress is a must-have for every summer ensemble. Not only is it a versatile option that can be dressed up or down, but it's also a chic swimwear cover-up.

There are multiple styles of maxi dresses to pick from. Some are form-fitting at the top and looser towards the bottom, and others have a loose silhouette all over, offering an option for anyone's body type. You can also easily create a flattering shape that draws attention to a curvier waist by picking the proper style and color.

Accessorize with drop earrings, bright sunglasses, and open-toe sandals to wear this trend this summer. For a laid-back attitude, throw on a headscarf or straw hat.

Our By The Sea Off The Shoulder Cover-Up Dress is a great colorful, bold option that will certainly have you feeling confident and comfortable.


We know that any of these cover-ups will be great to get you from the beach to the bar in no time. They are all super comfortable and stylish options that seamlessly fit into any wardrobe without hiccups. The variety available allows you to pick the perfect model that works within your fashion style.

From looser styles to more form-fitting models, you’re sure to find the perfect style for you. Not to mention all the different colors, patterns, and varying lengths and necklines you can find available on our website.

Shop all the styles at La Blanca, and find your cover-up!


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