10 Ways to Wear Beach Cover Ups in Real Life

Do you have summer travel plans? We just returned last week from 8 days in SoCal, split between LA and Palm Springs, which is likely my last hurrah before this baby girl comes in August.  We’ve got a trip to the Llano river planned with three other families here in Austin next weekend and I’m meeting up with some blog friends from all over the country in Round Top in July, but it looks like I’ll be staying in Texas for the rest of the season.  What are your travel plans? If you’re packing your bags this summer, chances are there’s a beach involved!  Since there’s nothing that bogs down a trip more than over packing, keep it minimal in your suitcase and save yourself a week of shlepping and overweight bag.  While you’re at it, consider letting those beach cover ups do double duty and imagine them for more than just the sand.  Here are 10 ways to get you started:

1. A simple silk dress easily goes from cover-up to lunch cocktails via Natasha Oakley

2. Finished at the beach? Tuck a flowy cover-up into a pair of denim cut offs and you’re ready for some midday sight seeing via Lindsay Marcella

3. Pull your hair up, add a statement earring and a soft lip, and your mini beach dress is ready for it’s next act via Vogue

4. A denim mini dress that’s fit for the sand and also goes with cropped denim when you’re ready to catch your next flight via The Effortless Chic

5. Gauzy, cotton pants pair perfect with a bikini top for a day by the sea and a crisp, woven tank for an evening wandering cobblestone roads abroad via Free People

6. This lace up tunic is the epitome of effortless chic whether paired with a bikini for day or chunky heels for night via Fashion Me Now

7. Lose the jeans and tee and your favorite caftan makes quite the statement over a bathing suit on the sand via Elle

8. A denim off-the-shoulder dress for beachy days and not so beachy ones via Anthropologie

9. Easy cotton separates fit for the sand and for laidback lunches on the shore via Collage Vintage

10. You can never go wrong with a little white dress for travel… unless you’re traveling with toddlers. This one via Teen Vogue is summer perfect!


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  1. These beach cover ups are so cute!

    xx Jennifer
    Effortlessly Sophisticated

    • Jen Pinkston


      Thanks, Jennifer! Counting down the days until we are actually back at the beach!