As we head toward the season of pool days and seaside vacations, there’s one piece of clothing I just can’t wait to live in. The beach cover up. After all, the best days are the ones that don’t require a bra or pants and when you add the promise of water and sunshine, well, that’s just perfection.

Whereas bathing suit shopping can be a bit stressful, finding the perfect swim cover up is almost too easy. They’re flowy! They’re comfortable! They don’t pinch or poke and “cheeky” isn’t even an option. And while your agenda for the day may be light, the right styles can take you from the pool to dining al fresco or even on a walk around the farmer’s market.

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On the other hand, a beach cover up is one piece of clothing that’s guaranteed to end up in a ball on the bottom of your beach bag. It’s going to get wet and sandy and given the sieve-like performance of swim diapers, possibly even peed on. (I’m just keeping it real, friends. Sorry.) While I can always make a good excuse to buy fancy things, I just can’t rationalize dropping major coin on a cover up. And you know what? You totally don’t have to.

Turns out, Amazon is completely crushing it in the cover up category. From crochet dressed to boho-inspired tunics, they have tons of great styles that look far more spendy than they are. I’ve rounded up a selection of favorites and not a single one costs more than 30 bucks. But you don’t have to tell anyone when the compliments roll in. They’ll never know.

Shop my favorite beach cover ups from Amazon below!

Cupshe Crochet Cover Up



Crochet Cover Up

For a boho-inspired look that’s both sexy and sophisticated, you can’t do better than this affordable option from Cupshe. We’re always impressed by their swimsuits and cover ups which look far more expensive than they are–and this one’s no exception. At under $30 dollars all it needs is some jewelry and a cute pair of sandals to take you from beach time to brunch time looking like a million bucks.

Ekouaer cover up



Beach Cover Up Shirt

With over 13K 5-star ratings and 49 (!) different colors and patterns to choose from, this may be the only cover up you need this summer. It’s longer in the back for ample bum coverage with a roll up cuff sleeve that provides just a bit of extra sun protection.

Bsubseach cover up



Kimono Swimsuit Cover Up

Whether you throw it on over your suit or with jeans and tank, this kimono style cover up elevates every summer look. It comes in over 30 colors and patterns and looks great belted or left to flow in the breeze as you make your entrance.

Jeasona crochet cover up



Crochet Cover Up

What can we say? We’re suckers for a good crochet cover up. This highly-rated style features a high-low hem and side drawstrings to adjust the slit height. Throw on a pair of leather sandals and you’re ready for beach bar margs all afternoon.

Moss Rose Kimono Cover Up

Moss Rose


Kimono Bathing Suit Cover Up

Loose, soft and lightweight, this versatile kimono is the perfect style to wrap up in poolside. It comes in a ton of different styles and definitely doesn’t have to stay relegated to cover up status. Pair it with your cut offs or even dinner time skinny jeans for an instant statement outfit.

Willit UPF 50 Shirt Dress



UPF 50+ Cover-Up Dress

The days of slathering ourselves in baby oil and frying in the sun are over, my friends. Sun protection, from daily face sunscreen to UPF clothing–like this sporty cover up dress–is in. The quick dry material and UPF 50+ fabric make it the perfect piece for beach days. It’s also got a hood and pockets which we love for more adventurous excursions like hiking or sneaking in a round of pickle ball (or, more realistically, hitting the playground.) It comes in a dozen different colors to stock up on, too.

subseach Button Up Cover Up



Button Up Cover Up

From boat days to summer camp drop offs, this casual button down cover up looks perfectly on point. The longer length in the back keeps you covered and can be worn open or buttoned. It also comes in a wide assortment of muted and bright colors to suit every palette style!

Bsubdeasch Turkish Wrap



Caftan Beach Dress

TBH, we’re just living for the day our wardrobe consists of 95% caftans and we’re sitting on the lanai, drink in hand surround by three of our besties. We can wait, but in the meantime we’ll add this to cart and start the collection. It gets rave reviews for its ability to pass for something much pricier and the silhouette is just plain stunning. Bonus points for a deep v-neckline that’s totally nursing friendly!





If a touch of sheer modesty is all you’re after, this chic sarong has you covered. Literally. Kind of. It’s simple and versatile with the ability to be worn tied around your waist, over your shoulder or even in a dress style.





And lastly, every mama needs a sarong to toss in her bag! Yes, it’s the perfect cover-up, but can also be used to wrap up cold, tired and sandy kiddos, spread on the sand as a beach blanket, pinch hit as a towel when the rest of your stash is soaked and useless or even make a stylish nursing cover. Look at what a pro you are!