No beach trip is complete without a cover up — but finding one you love can take some time. Cover ups these days seem to be covering less and less, which can make us feel self-conscious, especially when we’re already in our swimsuits. The good news is, there are plenty of modest options for mature women that are still super stylish. We’ve rounded up some of our favorites for you to peruse. From the best plus-size beach cover ups to tunic-style swimsuit cover ups, we’ve found something for everyone!
Keep scrolling to shop Woman’s World’s picks for the best beach cover ups for mature women.
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Beach Cover Ups Plus Sizes
Best Plus-Size Beach Cover Up
Where to buy: $105, Macy's
We love the femininity of this plus-size beach cover up from La Blanca. This modest dress hits just above the knees depending on your height, and features fun boho elements like a crochet trim. The material is 100 percent cotton and sheer, meaning your skin will be able to breathe. Plus it's also available in straight sizes, so everyone can step out in style this summer.
Beach Cover Ups Tunics
Best Tunic Beach Cover Up
Where to buy: $69, Nordstrom
La Blanca's Slouchy Hooded Sweater Cover-Up Tunic feels like a warm hug yet its breathable enough to wear to the beach or pool. The loose fit hangs nicely on the body and smooths over any problem areas. It also comes with a hood to protect you during those random mid-afternoon rains, as well as when it gets cool at night.
"Really cute, flattering, versatile cover up," one buyer wrote. "I also sized up for the benefit of more flow and roominess but I think the piece is generally made true to size. The material is soft and lightweight. I wondered if the stripes would make me look wider but they don’t bc the piece is cut in cute slouchy way. I think it’d be flattering on just about anyone. Highly recommend."
Maxi Beach Cover Ups
Best Maxi Dress Beach Cover Up
Where to buy: $68, Nordstrom
A maxi dress is an easy, breezy option for beachwear. This billowy frock from Elan features spaghetti straps and a deep V-back to balance out the flowy bottom half. Depending on how loose of a fit you prefer, shoppers recommend sizing down. The subtle black micro stripes pattern adds an interesting element to this otherwise basic maxi dress, but our favorite part is the pockets on both sides — the perfect place to store any essentials that won't fit in your beach bag.
"Love this," one reviewer wrote. "Its flowy and [a] lounge around kind of outfit. Good for hot summer evenings entertaining."
Nordstrom Beach Cover Ups
Best Convertible Beach Cover Up
Where to buy: $44, Nordstrom
This is so much more than just a beach towel. Tie it around your bust or waist to create a beach-ready sarong or lay it flat on the sand under your beach umbrella to use as a towel. We love the fringe along the hem, which adds a fashionable element when you wear the towel as a cover up.
Beach Cover Ups Kimono
Best Kimono Beach Cover Up
Where to buy: $115, Shopbop
If your style is all about the basics with a twist, you'll love Kos Resort's long white beach cover up. The addition of fun pastel tassels keep this long-sleeve cover up from being too boring, and the bright white will pop against a bright-colored swimsuit.
Lilly Pulitzer Beach Cover Ups
Best Sheer Beach Cover Up
Where to buy: $148, Nordstrom
Sheer fabrics are a must-have during the warm summer months, and you can't go wrong with this caftan from Lilly Pulitzer. Bright, eye-catching prints are Pulitzer's signature, and we especially love this watercolor-esque design. It even has pink and blue tassels to match!
Beach Cover Ups Long
Best Long Beach Cover Up
Where to buy: $70.40 (originally $128), Nordstrom
We all know how damaging the sun's rays can be, which is why it's always a smart choice to keep your legs protected, too. The Michelle Mandarin Collar Caftan from Robin Piccone is a chic choice that will make you look put together even if you're coming straight from the pool. It's made of a breathable cotton and polyester blend and ties at the waist to flatter your figure.
Beach Cover Ups Target
Best Boho Beach Cover Up
Where to buy: $34.99, Target
Take a stroll down the boardwalk in this plus-size boho beach cover up from Target, which comes complete with cute tassels. The V-neck and loose fit will keep you cool even as the temperatures skyrocket, plus the pullover style makes it easy to slip in and out of. It's also available in straight sizes in white or black.
Cheap Beach Cover Ups
Best Strapless Beach Cover Up
Where to buy: $64, Nordstrom
Elan's Strapless Cover-Up Jumpsuit is the perfect beach cover up for transitioning from the beach to dinner. The wide-leg look is super stylish and allows your legs to breathe even when it's stifling hot outside. The drawstring waist cinches your figure to prevent your outfit from looking too shapeless. Throw on a cute denim jacket, comfy wedges, and some gold accessories for a fashion-forward summer nighttime look.
Crochet Beach Cover Ups Patterns
Best Crochet Beach Cover Up
Where to buy: $29.99 (originally $36), Venus
Crochet clothing is the way to go at the beach — not only is it breathable but there's less fabric for sand to cling to. This cute crochet dress cover up from Venus is a great way to test the trend, and it's currently on sale. Leave the dress buttoned for a more modest look or unbutton it for a tasteful flash of skin.
Sexy Beach Cover Ups
Best Hooded Terry Cloth Beach Cover Up
Where to buy: $49.95 (originally $99), Helen Jon
Who doesn't want to snuggle up in a terry cloth beach cover up after a dip in the ocean? This is a great cover up to bring on all your future vacations, and it comes with a cozy hood. The contrast piping adds a nice pop of color, and the side vents will help keep air circulating so overheating is never an issue.
Beach Cover Ups With Sleeves
Best Long-Sleeve Beach Cover Up
Where to buy: $49, Dillard's
It may seem counterintuitive to wear a long-sleeve beach cover up — you don't you want to wear less clothing to stay cool? However, a cover up with sleeves is a smart choice because it protects your skin from harmful UVA and UVB rays. Plus, sleeves don't have to make you hotter if you opt for something made with breathable fabric, like this one from Dotti. It comes in two colors — white and blue — and we love that it looks less like a cover up and more like a regular collared shirt dress.
Cute Beach Cover Ups
Best Chiffon Beach Cover Up
Where to buy: $16.99, Amazon
You can't go wrong with Adreamly's chiffon tassel bathing suit cover up. It's one size fits all, which takes the guesswork out. And given the glowing reviews, hundreds of women have found it worked for them, too. Buyers rave that the material doesn't wrinkle, which means you can toss it in your bag without a second thought.
"Nice fabric. Good length. Tassels were a cute touch! Fabric drapes nicely, fit was good (I'm a size 10-12), the length was just right. It is sheer enough to see the color of the bathing suit, it didn't stick to the wet suit and it dried out quickly. It didn't wrinkle during packing or while stuffed in the beach bag during the day," one woman wrote.