10 beach cover-ups to keep you cool this summer

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Cotton On Swing Beach Shirt, $27.99
Cover up in style this summer. Credit: Cotton On

It's been a long winter and we're seriously ready to hit the beach. But just because we're desperate for some Vitamin Sea doesn't mean we should forget about covering up our skin. If you're not in a rash vest, then covering up with a kaftan, shirt, or dress is a good way of protecting yourself. 

Here are some of our favourites:

Cotton On Swing Beach Shirt, $27.99

Soft, loose-fitting, versatile, and 100% organic cotton, beach cover-ups don't come better than this oversized shirt. It's a woven fabrication so it stays cool, has buttons so you can keep sleeves rolled up, and is unlined so it's lightweight. Ideal for throwing on over a cozzie at any time of day, and still looking presentable, it comes in a range of colours, including stripes and paisley patterns.

Cotton On Swing Beach Shirt, $27.99

Roxy Awesome Beach Cover, $79.99

Chic and understated, this cotton shirt-dress is perfect for popping on to keep your skin covered. Wear it buttoned up for complete cover on your arms and body, or open over a bikini to keep the sun off your neck and shoulders. Because it's sheer, it will keep you cool as well as helping you stay sun safe. 

Roxy Awesome Beach Cover, $79.99

Cotton On Body Relaxed Beach Pant, $34.99

Stay covered up on your bottom half with these uber-soft, wide pants. Perfect for slipping on after a swim, and travelling to and from the beach in, they're slinky and have a slight shimmer to them in the sun.

Cotton On Body Relaxed Beach Pant, $34.99

Kaiami Eloise Beach Cover, $15

Terry towelling robes are a great way to dry off and keep cool - but this one is shaped as a dress, so it's flattering too. With a V-neck, adjustable waist, and pockets, it's the perfect throw-on to keep your shoulders covered, and to help you dry off after a swim. 

Kaiami Eloise Beach Cover, $15
Kaiami Eloise Beach Cover, $15. Credit: City Beach

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Amelius Saint-Tropez Shirt Dress, $169.95

If you're looking for a more put-together look to wear as a beach or pool cover-up, this is a great option. Made from cotton linen, it's cool and breathable. It can be worn open without a belt over swimmers for a more relaxed vibe, or buttoned-up for a more structured look, while still keeping your skin covered. 

Amelius Saint-Tropez Shirt Dress, $169.95

Seafolly Arthouse Pareo, $89.95

Perfect for wrapping round your waist, draping around your shoulders, and stuffing in your bag, this sarong is made from recycled cotton. It's really soft, and is the perfect addition to your beach kit. 

Seafolly Arthouse Pareo, $89.95

Cult Gaia Kamira Coverup, $370

Go glam in this ultra-fine loose weave dress. Sheer and unlined, with cut-out detailing around the sides and back, it's a serious statement. It has flared sleeves, and invisible side zip. It might not cover up too much skin, but it will look fabulous.

 Cult Gaia Kamira Coverup, $370

Jules Melon Linen Gathered Tunic Dress, $139.95

Go bright in this oversized coral pink linen dress. It's soft, lightweight and breathable, with a cool square neckline, and straight sleeves. Its empire seam gives some shape, and it has two generous pockets. It's perfect for the beach, or just being comfy wherever you are.

Jules Melon Linen Gathered Tunic Dress, $139.95

Billabong Sandy Beach Cover Up, $69.99

Keep it casual in this sheer hoodie, which is great for beach bums. It's made from a linen blend, and is semi-sheer. it has a hood with a drawcord just incase you want to feel a bit cosy after the sun goes down. We love the roll-cuff sleeves too. 

Billabong Sandy Beach Cover Up, $69.99

Seafolly Beach Edit Amnesia Kaftan, $69.95

The ultimate beach cover-up; lightweight, loose fitting, easy to pop in your bag, and goes with anything, this will be a beach staple all summer long. 

Seafolly Beach Edit Amnesia Kaftan, $69.95

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