Give your holiday wardrobe - and your confidence - an overhaul with our fashion team's pick of the top 10 beach cover-ups...
Stripping down to a swimming costume or bikini can be one of the most daunting things about an otherwise blissful holiday. No matter how much you have trimmed down and toned up before your getaway, there will always be something nerve-wracking about wearing far fewer clothes than you’re used to back home. But, there is a solution to your beach-ready reservations – a stylish beach cover-up!
Beach cover-ups are a suitcase staple when planning a holiday wardrobe, and with every high street shop now selling gorgeous designs, there’s no reason you can’t feel confident flashing a little more flesh than usual whilst having fun in the sun. Whether it’s a kaftan or kimono, maxi skirt or palazzo trousers, there’s a style to suit every shape, budget and taste.
If you’re hoping to hide your tummy, a kaftan is a loose, breezy style that is comfortable and easy to wear, whilst a kimono will streamline your middle to help you feel slimmer. Pear shaped women can keep legs and hips covered with the help of a beach maxi dress, or even some comfortable palazzo pants.
Get your confidence back again with the help of our top beach cover-ups. Looking and feeling great on the beach has never been so easy.
Nail that pool-side glamour with this scene stealing long kaftan from LK Bennett. This piece will look incredible over a bronze swimsuit.
Simple and sophisticated, this black kaftan from Mango is all you need to feel comfortable and fashionable. Team this with a black and white printed bikini.
If you're going for a simple swimsuit, then you need to go big with the cover-up. Pile on the prints with this Star Mela piece.
Wear long and loose, or tighten that belt to emphasise your waist. However you choose to wear it, you can't deny just how stylish this maxi dress looks over swimwear.
Ooze glamour with this printed kimono from Zara. Victoria Beckham worthy sunnies and a curve enhancing red swimsuit will really set this piece off.
Ladies of Cannes look out, the W&H readers are arriving to steal your style crown. This incredibly eye-catching piece from DVF will help you do just that.
Flatter a fuller bust with this waist cinching kaftan from Accessorize. This is will also conceal a rounder middle.
Light and easy, this kaftan from Topshop needs to go in your holiday suitcase.
A light weight pair of shorts will make you go from revealing, to concealed instantly. Pick up on the white embroidery and wear with a bond worthy white swimsuit.
Feel covered but don't mess up your tan lines with this bandeau playsuit.
A sarong is the most clever holiday piece you can have because you can style it so many ways. Wrap around your waist as a skirt or loop it up as a dress etc.
Reveal and conceal all at the same time with this crochet kaftan from Gottex. This would look amazing over a khaki swimsuit with a deep plunge.
This printed kimono from Hush will perfectly compliment any block coloured swimsuit. Move it into the evening by adding wide leg white trousers and black top.
Well it is summer after all, why should you blend in. This bright orange dress is just the ticket to get you noticed.
Go from the beach to bar in seconds with navy cover up. Lust worthy jewelled sandals will finish the entire outfit perfectly.