15 Beach Cover-Ups That Are Better Than A Sarong

There was a time when we couldn't walk a beach without a sarong and pair of foam wedge flip-flops. But as times change, so does our style — and our style says that a mere "tie it 12 ways" printed scarf no longer cuts it.
As we move towards planning our grown-up, sand-filled getaways, 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, up your like count on Instagram, and serve as a restaurant-appropriate outfit for a quick al fresco lunch break. The new cover-up takes you from street side to waterfront, all without having to pop back into your hotel room and change.
Ahead, we've found 15 beach dresses and two-piece sets that will have you trading in your flimsy sarongs of the past. Time to say sayonara to meh beachwear, because these are cover-ups you'll actually want to show off.
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Mara Hoffman Tie Front Cropped Top, $165, available at Mara Hoffman; Mara Hoffman Easy Culotte, $265, available at Mara Hoffman.
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Solid and Striped + Staud Catalina Lace-up Striped Cotton-seersucker Mini Dress, $170, available at Net-A-Porter.
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DVF Beach Jumpsuit, $248, available at DVF.
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H&M+ Jumpsuit, $59.99, available at H&M.
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Eloquii Off The Shoulder Flared Sleeve Cover Up, $110.90, available at Eloquii.
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Roxana Salehoun Velvet Shirt and Shorts Cover-up Set, $187, available at MatchesFashion.com.
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Lemlem Halima Crop Top, $195, available at Lemlem; Lemlem Halima Sailor Pant, $275, available at Lemlem.
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Lisa Marie Fernandez Pleated Linen Kaftan, $595, available at MatchesFashion.com.
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Madewell Striped Cover-up Romper, $88, available at Madewell.
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Three Graces Nedda Dress, $473, available at Three Graces.
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Loup Charmant Kochi Wrap Dress, $375, available at Loup Charmant.
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LC Lauren Conrad Beach Shop Halter Crop Top, $36 $20.99, available at Kohl's; LC Lauren Conrad Beach Shop Envelope-hem Capri Pants, $54 $31.99, available at Kohl's.
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Jonathan Simkhai Side Tie Voile Stripe Pants, $295, available at Intermix.
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Araks Margot Cover-up Midnight Stripe, $695, available at Araks.
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Seafolly Jacquard Stripe Playsuit, $172, available at Seafolly.