Not Beach Body Ready? That's What A Cover-Up Is For

A tightly curated selection of classic and bolder statement pieces alike that are ideal for the summertime.
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Do your summer plans include island hopping on a yacht? No? Neither do ours. But we can still look like we are.

Enter, the caftan, our pick for the best bathing suit cover-up that’s both glam and practical.

We know it’s hard to find the intersection between style and comfort, but the caftan does it in a jiffy. Dating back to ancient times, the caftan has fashionably draped women the world over for eons.

We love the look because it’s super easy and totally forgiving—it works on all shapes and sizes (often coming in one size)—and it keeps you cool even as the heat index rises. We especially love them in (washable) cotton, and we’d encourage you to give thought to the fabrication you prefer: for example, cotton poplin is crisp and stands away from the body, while knit fabrics are soft and subtle and tend to be more body con.

Whether you opt for bold colors or pale neutrals (your choice), pair your caftan with comfy espadrilles or sandals and a raffia bag and get ready sit pool or beachside like a boss. Happy summer!

A Simple & Stylish Caftan Beach Look

Styling a caftan is really as simple as the dress itself. Here are our top tips for selecting the best ones for you.

Caftan: Pomander Place ($78); Swimsuit: Meet.Curve ($33.99); Sandals: Boden ($130); Bag: AllSaints ($139); Sunglasses: Thierry Lasry ($605); Cuff Bracelets: Express ($30.80); Earrings: Loft ($20.96); Lip Balm: Summer Fridays ($24)

1. Long or short. If you like your legs (for bodies that are top heavy, showing some skin is a great styling hack to draw attention downward), look for something midi or mini. Longer will give more coverage and can also be more versatile for post-beach dining al fresco.

2. Coordinated or Contrasting. Take inventory of your swim suits. We suggest either going full monochrome with a caftan that is in a similar color category or highly contrasting. For example, if you tend to stick to black bathing suits, try a brightly colored caftan to add some personality to your look.

3. Add accessories to complete the look. Simple accessories will bring polish to a beachside look. A few bangles, a huggie hoop earring, and a swipe of lip gloss is all you need.

Classic Caftans

Chan Luu Rosebloom Calypso Caftan
Ocean+Main Navy Mandarin Collar Long Gauze Caftan
Polo Ralph Lauren Striped Stretch Silk Caftan

Relaxed Caftans

Jennafer Grace Leafy Caftan
India Collection By Emerson Fry Moss Stripe Emerson Short Caftan
Ocean+Main Bermuda Sand Tie Dye Gauze Dress With Pockets

Embellished Caftans

Anthropologie Floral Eyelet Kaftan
Ro’s Garden Clorinda Long Kaftan
NicoBlu Flora Kaftan
Emporio Sirenuse Gytha Elephant-Print Cotton-Voile Kaftan

Bold Caftans

H&M Oversized Kaftan Dress
Tory Burch Printed Long Caftan
Ocean+Main Sunrise Long Cotton Easy Dress
Ocean+Main Upcycled Mykonos Cobalt Cupro V-Neck Long Caftan
Three Graces London Laverne Kaftan

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