25 Breezy Beach Cover-Ups To Lighten Up Your Carry-On

Ray Lowe

As we move towards planning our grown-up, sand-filled getaways (more commonly known as spring break), our limited carry-on space means needing a proper swim cover-up that does more than just one job. It has to be beach- or poolside-ready, serve as a restaurant-appropriate outfit for a quick al fresco lunch break, and bonus points if it plays a factor nailing that perfect OOO Instagram shot.

The new cover-up takes you from street side to waterfront, all without having to pop back into your hotel room and change — putting it right at the top of your packing list essentials (just next to that trusty black one-piece swimsuit). Ahead, we've found 25 beach dresses, jumpsuits, and rompers that are so versatile, they'll have you rethinking the notion of a capsule vacation wardrobe. Time to say sayonara to, overloading your suitcase on multiple pairs of denim shorts, because these cover-ups are ready to lighten the load.

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Solkissed Swimwear Anthropologie Solkissed Belle Crocheted Cover-Up Dress, $, available at Anthropologie


Free People Leonora Kimono, $, available at Free People


Everlane The Japanese GoWeave Picnic Dress, $, available at Everlane


Ekouaer Swimsuit Shirt Dress, $, available at Amazon


Madewell Tie-Strap Overlay Cover-Up Romper, $, available at Madewell


LOFT Beach Floral Tie Cutout Romper, $, available at LOFT


La Blanca Slouchy Hooded Sweater Cover-Up Tunic, $, available at Nordstrom


Michael Stars Nicole Tie Dye Caftan, $, available at Revolve


Swimsuits For All Lennon Tassel Jumpsuit, $, available at Swimsuits For All


J.Crew Button-Up Beach Cover-Up, $, available at J.Crew


Aerie Chiffon Cover Up, $, available at American Eagle Outfitters


Pixie Market Beige Maxi Dress, $, available at Pixie Market


Summersalt The Over/Under Cover-Up, $, available at Summersalt


Lively The Kimono, $, available at Lively


Ro's Garden Sasha Ruffle Dress, $, available at Amazon


& Other Stories Striped Lyocell Shirt Dress, $, available at & Other Stories


YUMEworld Lightweight Linen Caftan, $, available at Etsy


H&M Satin Romper, $, available at H&M


Seafolly Sleeveless Tiered Sundress, $, available at Amazon


Lacausa Buena Mini, $, available at LACAUSA


GDKEY Trim Chiffon Kaftan, $, available at Amazon


Reformation Marlowe Dress, $, available at Reformation


Cover 2 Cover Keyhole Back Drawstring Cover Up, $, available at Target


Mikoh Tarawa Romper, $, available at Shopbop


Zara Swimsuit Cover Up, $, available at ThredUP

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