19 Beach Cover-Ups That Actually Protect You From the Sun

You’ve packed your SPF, your swimsuit, your sunnies, and a hat—now all you need for that much-needed vacation is a cute beach cover-up that actually, you know, covers you up. Shorts and tanks are fine for the shade, but, especially if you’re prone to sunburn (*raises hand*), they aren’t especially practical when it comes to UV protection.

Also, if you invest in a piece that’s actually designed for sand and sun, it’s a good bet that it will be lightweight, easy to clean, and made to throw over a bikini and go. Look for lines that specialize in beachwear—Lem Lem, Pitusa, and Pondichérie are a few of our faves—or scour the summer sections of your favorite retailers for seasonal finds (Madewell and ASOS are both well-stocked right now).

Below, shop 19 cover-ups—breezy pants, flowing jumpsuits, caftans, and more—you won’t want to go the beach without one this summer.

This diaphanous dress will look way more pulled-together than another oversize tank.
This cardigan set has an appealingly retro vibe.
We want every piece from supermodel Liya Kebede’s artisan-made line, but this skirt especially.
How cute are these pineapple pockets?!
The strappy, deep back sets this style apart.
Mara Hoffman Tie Front Cropped Top ($165) and Easy Culotte ($265). Yes, it’s more than acceptable to wear this printed set off the beach, too.
Throw this on after a dip in chillier waters.
The wide, cropped legs and light linen fabric make this an easy choice for lounging on a chaise all day.
Summer whites are a good choice for sweltering days.
For those who are serious about sun safety in the water and out, this swim top offers UPF 50+ protection and dries quickly.
This purple-pink shade is pretty on any skin tone.
This would pair well with gladiators and a wide-brim hat.
Channel your low-key Cali girl side.
Buy this oversize, and wear it as a dress.
This burnout fabric is so soft, you won’t want to take it off.
Of course, DVF nailed the perfect poolside print.
Blue-and-white stripes never go out of style.
Wear this to the beach bar after you’ve had a chance to work on your tan.
Sheer enough to show off your swimsuit but covered up enough to keep you protected in the blazing sun. Next up, see 18 items every L.A. girl will own this summer.