Say goodbye to your kaftan and sayonara to your sarong – the new breed of beach cover-ups are here to stay.
From mannish shirts to bohemian style crochet, we’ve put together our 2017 edit of the best beach coverups on the high street right now.
The oversized shirt
Whether you are borrowing your boyfriend’s plaid shirt, or rocking an oversized white linen number – this is ‘the’ cover up of choice for 2017. Wear it with a bathing suit and denim shorts on your way to the beach, then use it to cover up burnt shoulders later in the day.
Fringed dress or waistcoat
Fringing has come back with a bang this year, and the chances are you’ll see this trend all over the beach. Its bohemian and swishy, and just screams ‘holiday’. If you don’t want to commit to the full fringed dress look, choose an extra-long fringed waistcoat instead.
The off-the-shoulder look has been one of the biggest looks of the year, and it is perfectly suited for its job as a beach cover-up. It’s easy to slip on and off when you’re ready to tan, and pretty enough to take you straight from the beach to the bar. Look for a natural fabric such as cotton or linen so that you can wear it all day without suffering from the dreaded cling.
It may seem like an odd choice for beach-wear, but the playsuit is surprisingly practical (and versatile). For one thing, it is an instant outfit. Add a pair of heels and some statement earrings and you’re ready to hit the town; or grab a wicker bag for a beach-ready look.
It was arguably the biggest trend at Coachella this year, and it just so happens to translate very well to beach chic. Crochet is pleasingly retro, with a boho 70s vibe. Thanks to its new-found popularity, you can find it in an array of colours, cuts and styles. Pair it with a floppy hat and a fringed bag for maximum effect.