For this post, I have put together a collection of the best beach cover-ups currently available. You can also see my top picks for all beach accessories.
Our Top Picks
- Best Sarong: Women Beach Batik Long Sarong x 2
- Best Kimono: Fancyinn Beach Kimono
- Best Bohemian: Mandala Life Bohemian Beach Sarong
- Best Kaftan: Bsubseach Beach Kaftan
- Best Robe: Hiturbo Beach Swimming Robe
- Best Long Kimono: Bsubseach Long Kimono
- Best Oversized Shirt: OutGoing Shirt Beach Bikini Cover Up
- Best Sarong Wrap: Makroyl Floral Beach Sarong Wrap
- Best Plus Size Cover Up: Bsubseach Plus Size Beach Cover Up
- Best Maxi Dress: ACHIOOWA Maxi Dress Beach Cover Up
- Best Trousers: Iisla & Bird Beach Drawstring Trousers (ASOS)
We’ve rounded up the best beach cover-ups to keep you shaded from the sun and looking super stylish at the beach, pool or anywhere you like.
How We Selected
From sarongs to kaftans and kimonos to beach trousers, we’ve got it covered.
We’ve searched the market to bring you the best beach cover-ups for women, all with excellent customer feedback.
Looking at what buyers love and have rated 4-5/5 stars in reviews, we’ve collated the favourites to bring you the best choices and to save you the time in your search for the best beach cover up.
Check out these sun safety tips over at the NHS website.
Let’s get going!
Beach Batik Long Sarong x 2 (Boao)
- These sarongs are made of light, breathable cotton, so ideal for the beach.
- The delicate tassel design adds that extra charm.
- Available in two different colours. (Black and white).
- They come in packs of two.
- Pros: Can be worn as short skirt, headscarf, beach shawl, sarong and more.
- Cons: The fabric is quite thin.
- Consumer score: Excellent reviews. 83% of buyers gave this beach cover-up 4-5 stars.
Beach Kimono (Fancyinn)
- Full length cover up with short kimono sleeves, open front and sheer crochet embroidery at the waist.
- Boho style with dual ties at the front, this kimono is perfect for throwing on over shorts and bikini top.
- Made of polyester.
- Available in blue, orange, pink, red, green, black and yellow.
- Available in sizes XS-XL.
- Pros: It comes in a few different colour choices, full length for great cover.
- Cons: You can see through it.
- Consumer score: Fantastic reviews. 83% of buyers gave this beach cover-up 4-5 stars.
Bohemian Beach Sarong (Mandala Life)
- Boho sarong with tassel details.
- Made of natural rayon material.
- Versatile sarong which can be worn, used as a beach blanket or even as a wall hanging.
- Available in 11 various patterns including bohemian styles.
- Available in size 180x120cm
- Pros: Versatile, as can be worn or used as a beach blanket.
- Cons: Material isn’t that soft.
- Consumer score: Great reviews. 70% of buyers gave this beach cover-up 5/5 stars.
Beach Kaftan (Bsubseach)
- Loose cover up kaftan which flows in the breeze.
- Versatile design which could be worn by the pool, at the beach or even to dinner or as a summer dress, just add a belt.
- Made of rayon.
- Available in 9 colours/ styles.
- Available in sizes S M L,XL,XXL,3XL.
- Pros: Loads of patterns to choose from.
- Cons: Comes up quite large.
- Consumer score: Excellent reviews. 82% of buyers gave this beach cover-up 4-5 stars.
Beach Swimming Robe (Hiturbo)
- This swimming robe with hood and 3/4 sleeves is ideal for throwing on at the beach and can be used to get changed underneath.
- Not only provides some privacy while changing in and out swimwear/ wetsuit, but also provides protection from the cold.
- Compact and small so easy to carry.
- Available in 10 different designs.
- One size fit most.
- 90% polyester and 10% polyamide so quick drying.
- Pros: Will cover up and absorb water, provide some protection from cold.
- Cons: Looks like a hooded towel so not that versatile.
- Consumer score: Very good reviews. 81% of buyers gave this beach cover-up 4-5 stars.
Long Kimono (Bsubseach)
- Embroidered lace cardigan with long sleeve cover up.
- Open front design, so perfect for throwing on with a summer outfit or at the beach over your swimwear.
- Just below knee length.
- Available in black, white and other similar styles.
- Available in sizes S-XL
- Pros: Looks pretty and stylish.
- Cons: See through.
- Consumer score: Good reviews. 77% of buyers gave this beach cover-up 4-5 stars.
Shirt Beach Bikini Cover Up (OutGoing)
- A deep v-neck and long roll sleeve shirt dress in a super lightweight fabric.
- Ideal to throw on over swimwear for a casual daytime look.
- With side split on asymmetrical hem for a beachy feel
- Will keep you cool and shade you from the sun.
- One size fits all (UK 6-UK 20)
- Available in white, black, navy and green.
- Pros: Different colours available, stylish and one size fits all.
- Cons: Arms come up quite tight on some.
- Consumer score: Positive reviews. 69% of buyers gave this beach cover-up 4-5 stars.
Floral Beach Sarong Wrap (Makroyl)
- Versatile beach sarong that can be tied in multiple styles.
- Make a halter dress, a sweetheart strapless cover-up, swim wrap, or just tie it around your waist for a beach vibe.
- Made of chiffon so it’s soft and lightweight.
- Perfect for various occasions including picnics, parties, poolside or even as home decor.
- The bold and colourful patterns are pretty.
- Available in orange, purple and yellow.
- One size fits all. (200×140 cm)
- Pros: Cheap, comes in different colours.
- Cons: Quite see through.
- Consumer score: Great reviews. 77% of buyers gave this beach cover-up 4-5 stars.
Plus Size Beach Cover Up (Bsubseach)
- A loose fitting plus size beach cover up.
- The kaftan has pockets and is maxi length.
- 100% polyester so lightweight and comfortable.
- You can accessorise with a belt to give a slimmer silhouette.
- Available in 16 patterns.
- One size fits all.
- Pros: Comes in lots of patterns, has pockets for convenience.
- Cons: Fabric not that breathable.
- Consumer score: Fab reviews. 73% of buyers gave this beach cover-up 4-5 stars.
Maxi Dress Beach Cover Up (Achioowa)
- Ankle length, cool, simple beach cover up which looks chic.
- Perfect for hot weather and can be worn as a beach dress or evening dress on holiday.
- With two sides pockets so easy to keep your keys, phone etc. on you.
- Made of Polyester and Spandex, so light but stretchy.
- Available in 29 colours and patterns.
- Available in sizes S-XXL
- Pros: It has pockets for convenience, lots of colours and patterns available.
- Cons: Doesn’t cover shoulders.
- Consumer score: Really good reviews. 61% of buyers gave this beach cover-up 4-5 stars.
Iisla & Bird Beach Trousers (ASOS)
- These beach trousers with elasticated drawstring waist are loose fit and perfect for hot beach weather.
- Made of 100% Viscose, a crinkly material that’s soft and airy.
- Available in white.
- Available in sizes 6-18.
- Pros: Great trouser option if you want your legs covered up.
- Cons: No top to go with them.
- Consumer score: Very good 4.2/5 ratings.
- Available at ASOS.
Things To Consider – Buying Beach Cover-Ups
Look for breathable fabrics in cotton, rayon, or viscose which are breathable and lightweight.
Beach cover-ups come in various lengths, so choose something that suits you. From short to full length there are plenty of choices to either show your legs or cover them up.
Choose a style which you love and suits you. Whether you like something simple and classic or bold and bright, find one that suits your own style and that you feel comfortable in.
If you are going on holiday and need to pack light, you could choose a cover-up which can take you from day to evening or a sarong which can double up as a beach mat or shawl.
FAQ’s Beach Cover-Ups
There are lots of different styles of beach cover-ups from sarongs, kimonos, kaftans, maxi-dresses, shirts. They are all classed as beach cover-ups.
They can be great for giving you some extra shade on your skin from the sun. They are also ideal for throwing on over a bikini or swimsuit if you are going for a walk or popping into the shops on holiday. Some are even stylish enough to wear from day-to-evening.
As a one-shoulder dress, as a wrap-around dress, like a pair of harem trousers, as a halter-neck dress, as a tie-around skirt.
No! Cover-ups are designed to be worn after you’ve been swimming, not while you’re actually in the sea or pool.
Cheap Beach Cover Ups & Today’s Bestsellers
My top pick is the Women Beach Batik Long Sarong x 2.
Not only does it come in a two pack, but it’s really versatile and can be worn as a short skirt, headscarf, beach shawl, sarong and more.
Buyers love this sarong with 83% giving it 4-5/5 stars.
I hope this guide on beach cover-ups was helpful.
If you think I left any out that should be included or have a suggestion for a future article, let me know in the comments below.
Last Updated: January 2022
- Revisited Top Picks.
- Added ‘How We Selected.’
- Added link to internal/ external website.
- Added Pros/Cons on all products.
- Added ‘Things To Consider’.
- Added Final Thought.
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Chiffon Tassel Kaftan (Adreamly) (Currently unavailable)
- This beach cover up is made of lightweight chiffon, so perfect for hot weather.
- Falling to an asymmetric hem, the tasselled silhouette is designed with a crinkled finish so you can easily roll up and stick in your bag, without worrying about creases.
- Available in burgundy, green, navy and rose red.
- One size fits most.
- Great reviews. From 1,164 ratings 80% of buyers gave this beach cover-up 4-5 stars.
Women’s Beach Cover Up (Abollria) (Currently unavailable)
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- A kimono style blouse design with open front and 3/4 sleeve.
- Made of lightweight fabric, ideal for throwing on with any summer outfit or over your swimwear.
- 100% polyester.
- Available in 27 different patterns and colours.
- Available in sizes S-XXL.
- No products found.. From 2,444 ratings 80% of buyers gave this beach cover-up 4-5 stars.
Crochet Swimsuit Dress (Baishenggt) (Currently unavailable)
- This beach bikini cover up is made of crochet lace and looks super stylish.
- It has an open back design which looks great day or night.
- The perfect cover up for pool parties, beach etc.
- Available in beige, black, white.
- Available in sizes S-L
- Great reviews. From 671 ratings 77% of buyers gave this beach cover-up 4-5 stars.
Kaftan With A Tie Belt (H&M) (Currently unavailable)
- A pretty kaftan in soft, airy jersey with a V-neck and short sleeves.
- With a detachable tie belt at the waist.
- Available in black or floral.
- Available in sizes XS-XL.
- Customers say it fits “true to size”.
- Consumer score: Excellent 4.8/5 ratings.
- Available at H&M.