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Bikinis, flip flops, delicate anklets and sunnies—in case you haven’t noticed, beachwear is as much a mood as it is an aesthetic. But whether you’re taking an extended vacation or unwinding on the weekend, your OOO look really only calls for three staple pieces: a bathing suit, sandals and a cute swim cover up to throw on for optimal outdoor lounging.
Take our word for it: The best way to approach your beach- or pool-going wardrobe is with a “less is more” mentality because, let’s be honest, when it’s hot as heck outside, who wants to wear more than their swimsuit, anyway? Of course, you’re going to want a few pairs of denim cutoffs when it cools down at night, but sometimes even a simple shorts and a T-shirt look is too warm for daytime.
Instead, consider adding one or two (or five… who’s counting?) of these swim cover ups to your closet. They’re stylish, generally lightweight and are a look of their own over your favorite suit. Our picks below provide ample coverage so you don’t feel exposed when grabbing a snack at the poolside restaurant, but are also easy to throw on and off, which is key for when you’re ready to jump in the water for a swim.