Beach cover ups

2 sarongs

Tasteful sarongs

Even if you are young and shapely you will still need something to wear over your swimwear when it gets hot or you go to lunch. A pet hate of mine is seeing people sitting at the table for lunch, even on the beach, in their swimwear. Whether you go for a sarong, kaftan, cotton dress or tunic there is plenty of choice around.

Personally I can’t see the point in paying a lot of money as, if you are anything like me, the garment ends up being covered in suntan lotion and seawater. I find those articles entitled, “Look cool on the beach” or “How to remain chic when on the beach” very amusing. If it’s hot I always have a pink sweating face and whatever I wear as a cover up is creased and looks like I’ve found it in the rubbish bin. I digress. Let’s look at some practical, stylish and reasonably priced cover ups.

tropical sarong

Easy to wear and to pack

white cover up

Over-sized top

The top above works because it is short. If it was full length it would end up looking like a nightie! As with other garments balance and proportion do matter – even in a beach cover-up.

shift dress

Simple shift

The benefits of a shift or tunic dress is that they are casual enough for the beach or pool but acceptable for walking to the shops or back to your room. With the sales on at the moment it is relatively easy to pick up a bargain.

striped tunic

Casual striped tunic

If you prefer to keep your legs covered there are some stylish maxi skirts and dresses around. Make sure the garment really fits you or it may end up looking frumpy if it is too baggy.

white long kaften

Long kaftan – very chic

orange long kaften

Great colour to show off a tan

trousers and vest

Sometimes the best cover up is a pair of linen trousers – especially if pants are your ‘go to’ item. Of course even wearing your cover up you need to use an appropriate sun tan lotion for your skin type.

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