When it comes to prepping for your next tropical vacation — or for some of us, a simple afternoon at the closest beach-like locale — it's easy to get distracted by all of the swimwear options available. Bikini or one-piece? High-waisted bottoms or string? Nab five bargain buys or splurge on that one style you've spotted one too many times on Instagram? But there's one beachwear essential that's been more than overlooked. While a swimsuit is key, it'd be nothing outside the pool area without a good cover-up.
No matter where you find yourself basking in the sun, a proper cover-up is a must. As the saying goes: no shoes, no shirt, no service. So whether you're more of an oversized linen dress fan or you'd rather make your beach look a complete package, we've got you covered. Just take a look at the 23 styles ahead, all of which will have you reconsidering the water to keep from ditching your new digs.
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