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32 best beach cover-ups for summer to elevate your swimwear: From sarongs to kaftans, wraps & more

Let these beach cover-ups level up your holiday looks this summer…

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Sophie Bates
Sophie BatesCommerce Writer
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As the warm weather hits the UK and we plan our next holiday, there's no better time to give our swimwear collection a refresh. Beach cover-ups are a practical accessory that never goes out of style - from sarongs to kaftans, beach dresses and wrap-around kimonos - so they’re a must-have for your summer wardrobe.

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Beach cover-ups are trending right now - and whether you prefer a staple black kaftan or a sparkly statement sarong - they’re a great way to feel comfortable whilst elevating your swimwear. That’s why we’ve searched high and low to find the best beach cover-ups to shop to upgrade your beach looks this summer.

Beach cover-up kimonos we love

pink asos kimono

Maxi floral print kimono, £34, ASOS 


We can't get enough of this dreamy floral kimono from ASOS.

river island animal print kaftan

Animal print embellished cover-up, was £65, now £20, River Island 


River Island has a great selection of glam beach wear for summer - and we love the embellished detailing on this animal print kimono.

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amazon lace kimono

Lace beach cover-up, £19.99, Amazon


Amazon has so many stylish options when it comes to swimwear - and this floral lace kimono has received glowing reviews. One happier customer wrote: “Really well made and absolutely stunning. I’ve brought this for a holiday and ordered some similar that are high branded and I can’t even tell the difference”.

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new look emily atack kimono

Emily Atack swirl long beach kimono, £27.99, New Look


This gorgeous swirl print kimono is part of New Look's Emily Atack edit - and the matching bikini is also available to shop.

yellow kimono

Moda ruffle kimono, £30, ASOS 


This sunshine yellow kimono with frill detailing is just perfect for the beach. 

outzazl palm tree kimono

Island kimono, £145, OutDazl


This pastel blue kimono with palm trees is so stunning!

Kaftans we love

asos yellow kaftan

River Island tie dye kaftan, £60, ASOS


We can’t get enough of the yellow and purple tie-dye print on this maxi kaftan - and it even has embellishments for that extra wow factor.

new look crochet kaftan

Crochet long beach kaftan, £20.99, New Look


The floaty design and flared sleeves on this kaftan will provide comfort and cover whilst still looking chic. 

boohoo neon kaftan

Boohoo tie dye animal maxi kaftan, was £22, now £17.60, Debenhams 


This vibrant tie-dye kimono will level up even the plainest of swimwear. The neon colours paired with the animal print is guaranteed to turn heads.

asos fruit print cover up

Topshop fruit print beach cover-up, £38, ASOS


This sheer kaftan is so glam but will also keep you protected from the sun. We recommend teaming it with a pair of white sandals or wedges. 

boden white kaftan

Embroidered kaftan dress, £82.50, Boden


Another pretty embroidered kaftan - and this one is so versatile. Wear to the beach, the park, out for dinner - it’s the perfect all-rounder. 

accessorize beach kimono

Beach lace kimono, £40, Accessorize 


Designed with lace embellishment and a tie at the waist, this sheer kaftan is so flattering.

Sarongs we love 

m and s zebra print sarong

Linen blend midi wrap beach skirt, £35, Marks & Spencer


Long sarongs are a must-have for throwing during the summer. This zebra print beach skirt is so stylish, and the opaque design means you can wear it to dinner or when exploring the sights on holiday.

boohoo sarong

Abstract swirl beach sarong, £12.80, Boohoo


If you’re on the hunt for a shorter sarong, this wrap-around mini skirt will look so pretty paired with a bikini and sandals.

blue sarong

Mint Velvet spot print sarong, £39, John Lewis 


For a sarong that covers you up whilst still looking stylish, try this Mint Velvet spot print cover-up. We recommend pairing it with a black or white bikini and sandals for an effortless summer look.

nude sarong

Bayu the Label woven sarong, £35, Selfridges 


This Bayu the Label woven sarong is so chic. 

asos black glitter sarong

Love & Other Things three-piece bikini & sarong set, was £29, now £20, ASOS


If you really want to elevate your swimwear attire, this sarong set will do just that. It comes with a cross-back bikini and a mesh glitter sarong - and it's just perfect for a poolside beach party.

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emilio sarong

Emilio Pucci printed sarong, £240, NET-A-PORTER


Printed with the labels lively Iride patterns, this vibrant sarong is so classy. It ties at the side - and will instantly upgrade your holiday look with its gorgeous colours.

cider wave sarong

Wave sarong & bikini set, £21, Cider


Everyone is matching their sarong with their bikinis right now - and we can’t get enough of the swimwear set with a cool swirl print.

boohoo green sarong

Gold trim beach sarong, £9.60, Boohoo


The gold trim on this mini sarong is so beautiful. We recommend pairing it with gold jewellery and sandals for a super glam look.

norma kamali white sarong

Norma Kamali sarong, £95, MATCHESFASHION


Is there anything better than white swimwear to complement your sunkissed glow? This Norma Kamali sarong may be worth the investment if you’re looking for a staple holiday piece - and it will go with any bikini or swimsuit.

wolf and badger red sarong

Rio Bambo dual sarong, £45, Wolf & Badger 


This vibrant red sarong can be styled to wear as a maxi or mini beach cover-up - and it’s made from 100% recycled bamboo.

sla the label sarong

Gardenia mini sarong, £10, SLA The Label


From SLA The Label's new Swim collection comes this mini beach sarong in a beautiful floral print. It also doubles up as a hairband for the prettiest summer accessory.

Beach dresses we love

asos sunset beach dress

Raga Sunsets by the Beach tie-dye beach dress, was £165, now £81, ASOS 


This yellow tie-dye beach dress is so dreamy! If you love it you better hurry though, as it's selling out fast.

river island brown beach dress

Tie-dye asymmetric beach dress, was £45, now £35, River Island 


Plunging neckline? Tie-dye print? Floaty fabric? This asymmetric beach dress ticks all the boxes - and it's in the sale! 

landsend dress

Seersucker beach dress, was £65, now £21, Lands' End


The colourful seersucker material of this wrap dress makes it great for beach to bar.

m and s boho beach dress

Cotton embroidered beach dress, £39.50, Marks & Spencer 


The embroidered sleeves on this beach mini dress is giving us bohemian-chic vibes!

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asos sheer beach dress

Cami sheer beach maxi dress, £34, ASOS


This sheer cami dress is perfect for slipping on at the beach to explore, or dress it up to wear to dinner. Either way, it’s a must for your holiday wardrobe. 

atterlly dress

Nora beach dress, £69.95, now £35, Atterley 


If you’re on the hunt for a staple cover-up that you can wear year on year, this may be the perfect investment.

river island white embroidered beach dress

Embroidered lace beach dress, £46, now £25, River Island


The white embroidered lace on this beach dress will instantly level up any beach look.

asos recycled beach maxi dress

Flutter sleeve maxi beach dress, £25.50, ASOS


Throw on over swimwear or dress this beach dress up for an effortlessly glam look.

Beach dress cover up

The seashells summer dress, was £65, now £40, Wilder Ones


For a bold and vibrant print, look no further than this beach dress by Wilder Ones. It's lightweight with a relaxed fit, plus it has pockets!

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