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.
Gold leaf sandals (similar and on sale for under $50!)
Hair Bow (Pack of 20 for $10. Seriously.)
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