Perfect beach swimwear cover ups

Style has, and always will be subjective, but there are classic pieces that have remained in the spotlight for decades. As fashion evolves, so do the rules. No longer are women bound by what is trendy and ‘so hot right now’, take the basics and make it your own. Sea Point’s beaches are perfect for relaxing, exercising or just for showing off your figure. A woman’s curves should be celebrated in all its gloriousness and while it is considered that less is more, sometimes you want to leave a little bit to the imagination. Beach cover ups can be modest or sexy; depending on your style and personality, choose a cover up that is comfortable and makes you feel beautiful.


Available in long or short varieties, a caftan is the perfect cover up for the conservative fashionista. Characterised by its cotton or chiffon material and short sleeves, you can opt to wear a caftan over a bikini or one-piece swimsuit at the beach or even out on a date. The selection of styles are countless;

caftans come in basic, bold colours or beautiful prints. Whether you are embodying a Greek goddess or a jungle queen, the caftan adds instant glamour to any beach look.


One of the most versatile pieces, the sarong was one of the first forms of beach cover up attire. It may seem like a rectangular piece of fabric to the average male, a woman’s mind is open to all the possibilities that this so-called rectangle material has to offer. From Mauritius to India and the Polynesian Islands, sarongs have grown in popularity and have become an essential part of a beach bag. Whether you tie it around your waist, under the arms, around your neck or your hips, the beautiful colours and patterns frame a silhouette perfectly.


One of the more recent additions to the cover up troop, is the light playsuit. Remember, playsuits come in a variety of materials, which make it hard to determine whether it is suitable for the beach or not. The softer, chiffon playsuits are definitely the ideal choice for the beach. A little more on the daring side, the sunlit playsuit offers a barely-there cover up, perfect for the cheeky beach goer. It is comfortable due to the incorporation of shorts as opposed to a dress and there’s a boob-tube options, sleeveless and full-sleeve playsuits to choose from. What is a style blog without an opinionated suggestion? Pair a plain coloured playsuit with a brightly printed swimsuit or the other way around. Since the playsuit is see-through, it is best to keep colours and patterns from clashing.

Cover up dresses

This option may sound reserved, but designers have put the heat back into femme fatales around the world. Not to be confused with the caftan, the dress cover up comes in a great selection of styles and cuts. For the hot babe, try a shorter-than-mini dress with side cut outs to show off what is going on underneath and for the graceful lady, a sleeveless, tight crochet dress is a beautiful option. No matter which end of the spectrum you choose, try to steer away from thick, heavy materials. A hot beach day calls for lighter, easy to wear cover ups.

Consider your options wisely, an uncomfortable cover up could turn your beach day from fun in the sun, to a miserable rut in a matter of minutes. Try different cover ups in different styles to see which one suits your personality best. The Point mall has a great range of female fashion houses; visit the stylish second floor where you will find gorgeous beachwear from Periquita, Label Collection and Pick n Pay Clothing.

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