Pretty much all of these work for summer lounging about at home too: I can’t tell you how many hours I’ve clocked on the sofa with the dogs in this by-now-classic Emerson fry caftan. It’s got one of the most winning color combinations ever.
And speaking of color combinations, I’m always a fan of pink and orange, and the embellishment here is a cheeky touch.
This is so satisfyingly graphic: just black on white with a wee pop of yellow.
A jumpsuit is kind of a novel answer to the beach coverup question, and this one is so damn cute.
I own a version of this navy gauze caftan, and what’s really good about it is that—unlike many a cover-up—it’s completely opaque, so you can wear it from the beach to the street.
I wouldn’t fuss with the belt on cotton poplin number—it’s crisp enough without it.
Last year, I acquired this leopard print linen coverup from Emerson Fry, and I have loved it, and am pleased to see they’ve put it back in rotation after it sold out. I wore it to the beach pretty much every time I went, and it got softer with each wash (I would keep it out of the dryer unless you want it to shrink up a bit).
A feminine floral that works for me because it’s not quite a maxi, which I feel is so much more flattering.
This maxi, on the other hand, really works: so graceful and flowy.
I could see myself kicking around my favorite farm stands in this sweet contrast eyelet cover-up.
A really elegant choice (that isn’t cheap) from Mara Hoffman. I like how the fabric has a barely-there grid pattern.
Going short isn’t a crime at the beach, I don’t think, and this pink and green Indian block print is just so fun.
I’d wear this tunic over jeans apres-beach.
I love the stripes on stripes here: so cheery.
Rickrack trim has never looked so sophisticated.
I can’t resist anything that has a little metallic thread running through it, and I’m a sucker for an old-school sundress shape too.
A tomboyishly sexy option.
A slightly slinky piece that’s lightened up by bright contrast stitching.
A striped linen specimen that just looks so damn comfortable.
And finally: this would be so perfect for a beach barbecue that it almost makes me want to throw one.