We’ve all built that bridge over the process of choosing and buying a swimsuit, haven’t we?
Just quietly, if the bridge building is a work in progress, that’s OK. Just keep on building.
Maybe, just maybe, today’s piece of the summer beach and pool wardrobe puzzle might help you to make that building a little easier.
Let’s talk swimsuit cover ups, shall we?
Now, in my summer resort-style dream I’m swanning around poolside with a cocktail in hand but the reality is I’m up early on a steamy Sunday morning following seven-year-old kids around the beach for nippers.
Glamorous it is not – but comfortable I want to be.
My togs are underneath ready for a post-Nippers swim, I don’t want to feel hot and sweaty and I want to be sunsafe.
Not asking much, am I?
Discovering cotton and bamboo beach dresses as well as kaftans a few years ago actually makes it do-able.
Now, my summer wardrobe is filled with them. Some are more dressy than others but each are super-easy to wear and just need a pair of sunnies and a pair of Havaianas as accessories.
Should I need to dress them up for a drinks or a barbecue with friends it’s as easy as adding sandals or wedges.
How to choose swimsuit cover ups
1. Look for easy-care, breathable fabrics. Honestly, would you be bothered ironing a dress you were going through over your cosie? Or pack in a suitcase?
2. Think about the length. If you’re legs are your best assets then go as short as you like. If you appreciate a bit of modesty, just on knee-length is flattering but non-mumsie. Some cover ups will look more tunic or shirt-like; some more dress-like. Both styles can work for you. Oh, and if you need a little more length to a tunic dress, it might also work with a slip dress underneath (remember that building block?).
3. Don’t be afraid of volume. But be cautious. If the fabric is lovely and flowy and sheer and we can still see your shape and your cosie underneath … or a slip covering that cosie, then the volume is your hot weather friend. If the fabric isn’t sheer, however, it will be too tent-like and it’s likely that your mum will call asking for you to send back her 1970s muumuu.
4. Sleeves are a must if it’s SPF you’re after. They’re not a must if your cover up is only going on for dusk cocktails.
5. Don’t rule out the maxi. As long as you stick to tip 3 re fabrics and volume, then this can be a super sexy post-beach or poolside look. And you know how I LOVE a maxi.
Here are 15 of my favourite swimsuit cover ups available right now. I’ve included options to suit all shapes and sizes. Click on the caption below each image for a link to buy.
Do you have a need for swimsuit cover ups this summer? Seen any here that you like? What style suits you best?