Swim Cover-Ups That Look Like Dresses (Under $100)


I used to go to the beach with the intention of doing a little LLB:  Lounging, leisure, and beer.  Now when I go to the beach, I’m rarely able to sit down (forget lounging) for longer than a few minutes before Greenlea is up (forget leisure) running here and there . . . and LOVING the water no matter how cold it gets (and people, Lake Superior is cold).  There’s a lot of chasing, bending down, picking up, squatting and other super-flattering things to do in a bikini.  HI.  HERE’S MY BUTT.

Cover-ups are no longer just what I wear over my suit to and from the beach, but a way of life. #mumusforever! (Not to be confused with Show Me Your Mumu, which has some seriously amazing dresses . . . but I digress).

I found a new favorite coverup from Billabong for our trip to Lake Havasu this spring.  I wore it over my suit while walking along the boardwalk and playing with Greenlea at the beach.  It covered enough so I didn’t feel weird when walking into restaurants, but wasn’t so heavy that it made me hot.

Keep reading to see more of my favorite, as well as a round up of cover-ups that also double as dresses.


Billabong Beach Bound Cover Up (also in black, red-orange, dark red and cream)

J. Crew Halter Bikini Top: My favorite swim top, super comfy and available in lots of colors (and currently 30% off).

J. Crew Surf Hipster Bikini Bottom: Don’t let the name fool you – this still covers my c-section scar and doesn’t ride up my butt. Also 30% off right now and in lots of colors.  If I had to buy one suit this year, this combo would be it.

Nickel & Suede Accent Leather Earrings: Lightweight, comfortable and goes with everything.

Sunglasses (similar)

Gold leaf sandals (similar and on sale for under $50!)

Greenlea’s Outfit

Dress (Similar) I’m also loving this adorable romper.  LOVE.

Hair Bow (Pack of 20 for $10.  Seriously.)

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  1. Love your collection! looking gorgeous in the coverup. I am planning to go to the beach very soon, and this article is helpful for me. I can’t wait to see me wearing this. Thanks for the article.

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