Shot-girl Summer: Best Summer Cover-ups


Whether it’s the beach, the lake or the pool, the cornerstone of summer post-water wear is the summer cover up. Haven’t giving that item much thought? Maybe you just settle for the old ‘towel wrap’ or throwing on an oversized tee?

But seriously, you could do so much better.

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Here at SLH, we’re showcasing seven great cover ups that will take your look from basic beach to boss level…


Let the elegant style of the French Riviera guide you and give your usual t-shirt toss on a chic upgrade. Like a capsule collection for strolling the private beach clubs of Pampelonne, this look with transport you there. Start with 100% light, airy and earth-friendly biodegradable linen midi dress in bright white from Vitamin A Swim. Keep the good feels going with a gorgeous, 100% recycled gold necklace from AUrate NY, featuring the head of Sekhmet (meaning She Who Is Powerful). Handmade and incredibly comfortable sandals from Beek will keep your toes happy while a beautiful crochet floppy sun hat from Twig and Arrow keeps you in the shade and you’ll be able to keep everything in place with Tous huge cotton tote bag.

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What’s a classic water wardrobe that never goes out of style? Nautical of course (it’s kinda in the name and all). Start with this incredibly soft and easy to wear striped v-neck romper from Nautica. From there it’s all about fun accessories, like these thong sandals from G.H. Bass that resemble a ship sail. JoJo Maman Bebe’s twill bucket hat in dark navy is a great topper while Krewe’s aviators and Eye Candy LA’s adorable “anchor away” earrings add a playful touch. Keep everything connected with the new Samsung Galaxy Watch3 + Tous collab in sweet pink (it’s compatible with Android 5.0 or iPhone 5 and higher. Fully functioning activity tracking, music, voice service, email and photos).

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Talk about totally psychedelics, this season’s love of retro florals seems to have no stopping point. Our current favorite take on this comes in the form of this fantastic A-line dress from Redbubble that is actually a reprint of a popular 70s plate pattern. Pull those groovy green vibes along into your accessories such as Dooney & Bourke’s awesome monogramed tote, Baublebar’s gorg Vedere earrings and Diff’s Lizzy oversized cat eye sunglasses. Finish up with these one-of-a-kind raffia slip on sneakers by Boston Proper.

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Clean, minimal looks don’t have to mean boring. Neutral tones and sleek silhouettes with just a hint of texture can be both modern and bold. Case in point, this sexy super soft long dress from Vitamin A Swim has just a hint of ribbed texture, courtesy of a little spandex, for visual interest (the rest of it, BTW is made from sustainable Tencel and organic cotton). Amp up your arm candy with Tous 18k gold plated cuff bracelet. Elie Tahari’s hexagon oversized sunglasses are perfectly polished and Dansko’s Reece sandals in stone gray will keep you grounded.

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Another beach classic that returns year after year. We love our boho, and this plus size wrap cover up from Sandra Darren shows us exactly why. Wrinkle resistant, easy clean polyester with just a touch of spandex for a fit that’s comfortable in sizes from 14W to 24W. With such bold patterns, it only makes sense to bring on the bold accessories. Three Bird Nest’s huge turquoise and leather cuff bracelet fits the bill, and goes perfectly with Kenneth Jay Lane’s wood and gold drop earrings. Throw a little shade in Mar Y Sol’s sunhat and really bring the bling with Good American’s platform slides (in standard and extended widths from size 4 to 14W).

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Nothing beats the heat like a long flowy maxi. This jungle print marvel from Solid & Striped is smocked up top and all breezy below. Pair this number with more fun color pops, like Sam Edelman’s berry bright jellies, Eye Candy’s flower earrings and Eugenia Kim’s artfully woven sunhat. The piece de resistance? Italian Gold’s exuberant pendant of waves.

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After all this athleisure going around is it any surprise that sporty surfer girl would be trending for summer? We didn’t think so either. How to best achieve this look? Start with some fun board shorts, like these from Sunsets which have a Bora Bora vibe. Then give it a little twist with Nike’s crop zip top, whose fabric is meant to breathe and help dry you out after taking a dip. Speaking of dipping, Body Glove’s waterproof activity tracker will monitor every stroke and even has a camera so you can take amazing underwater shots. Keep your feet from sliding around in the classic adidas aqua slides (now in fun new colors) and don’t forget to pop on a ball cap, like this fellow from Nautica.

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Consider refreshing your look to make it more formal or casual as you like. Try your own layering looks and find your own effortless summer vibe!

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