So, let’s talk beach and pool coverups. Specifically cool ones. I don’t necessarily want to look like I’m wearing my grandma’s hand-me-down muumuu, but I do want to be comfortable while I chase after my kids and, well, covered up.
I mean, come on — we’re moms. We’re not just hopping in the car in teeny suits like our kids (though bless those of you who do), and when we do get there? We’re bending over all the time to get toys out of bags and sand off of little feet.
So I’ve been searching around for some stylish pool coverup options, from maxi dresses to mini-kaftans, that make cool pool coverups for moms.
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If you’re living the lake or beach life this summer, this embroidered cover up dress will take you from poolside or beachside to a casual dinner without having to stop by the house to change first. ($19.99, Target)
This embroidered gauze kaftan is effortless and easy as a pool or beach coverup. I love that it’s extra-lightweight, because when you’re hot and loaded down with all the kids’ pool gear you don’t want heavy fabric on your sticky skin. ($17+, Old Navy)
This billowy maxi dress by Elan gives off a totally laid-back beach vibe, even if you’re just at the crowded neighborhood pool. Bonus: no sucking-in of stomachs required. ($69, Nordstrom)
I usually snag one of my husband’s oversized linen shirts as a pool coverup, but I’m sure he’d be happy for me to have my own boyfriend shirt style coverup and just stay out of his closet, thankyounicely. This is relaxed and comfortable and provides full coverage from the sun, which is especially nice for fair-skinned people like me. ($60 at Lands’ End, but they’re offering 40% off one item right now with code POPSICLE. See site for details.)
This boho cover-up dress is perfect for those pool parties where you’re expected to wear a swimsuit, but you don’t want to just stand around in a swimsuit all night. It gives enough coverage (in front) to look like a dress, but the back still has a bit of sexy, poolside vibe. ($110, Nordstrom)
If you’re looking for bold florals (a hot trend this season) at a great price, try this floral poncho. It’s breezy and light while still covering pretty much all of you, which is nice when you’re going to be in the sun all day. While there is a lot of fabric, that plunging neckline keeps it from looking too muumuu. ($30, H&M)
You’ll be tempted to wear this seaside beach or pool cover-up dress from Echo even if swimming isn’t on your schedule for the day. And we say, go ahead. It’s so relaxed and chic, no one will know it’s a coverup. ($59, Nordstrom)
This hi-lo t-shirt dress looks stylish, but also gives you 50 UPF protection from the sun. Plus, the stretchy, wrinkle-free nylon fabric and slip-on functionality makes this one super-easy to toss in your beach bag. And it comes in a whole slew of spring-y colors too. ($41, Athleta)