Who doesn’t love cooling off in a swimming pool when it’s hot?
Whether you’re on holiday or have just found yourself a chic lido in the UK, it’s always refreshing to take a dip.
We’re sure your wardrobe is already full of cute swimsuits, bikinis or tankinis. But that’s not the only thing you’ll need to pack for a day by the water.
You’ve also got to think about protecting yourself while laying out on your lounger or enjoying a bite to eat in the sun.
That’s where cover-ups come in.
There are plenty of chic designs both online and on the high street, so you’ll definitely find one that you’ll fall in love with.
The first thing to consider is what type of cover-up you’re looking for.
Are you more of a kimono girl or do you prefer loose-fitting dresses? You could also try a baggy vest or a floaty kaftan.
If you’re a little self-conscious of your bottom half, a sarong will be your perfect match.
We love H&M’s leaf print number – at £7.99 it’s a *total* steal. The print is also majorly en vogue right now, with celebrities including Blake Lively sporting it for VIP events.
If your swimwear is fairly loud, you’re best going for a plain design.
We’ve got a crochet black mini from Boohoo and a glamorous Zara maxi that will look ah-mazing with a statement two-piece or costume.
Don’t worry – we’ve also got a number of funky patterned creations. Just take a look at the eye-catching options we’ve found in River Island, Marks & Spencer, Joules and more.
The monochrome tie-dye effect on New Look’s kaftan is a great compromise. Plus, its zip detailing gives it a really cool punky edge.
Still not sure what cover-up will work best for you? Read on to see all of our favourite pieces to style up by the pool…
Love a girlie look? This sheer kimono will be beaut over a monochrome swimsuit.
The zip detailing on New Look’s floaty kaftan gives it a punky edge.
If you’re a little self-conscious of your bottom half, a sarong is the way to go. The leaf print on New Look’s number is so en vogue right now, with celebrities including Blake Lively adding it to their wardrobes.
A loose-fitting vest is a really cool cover-up alternative. The yellow colour of Topshop’s design is so summery.
Oasis’s botanical jacket will look great both by the pool AND over a dress in the evening. The perfect piece to pack in your suitcase.
Not only does Warehouse’s beachwear feature a very pretty pattern, it also has a handy tie waist.
If you’re out in the heat all day, it’s important to stay hydrated. Pop to Starbucks for a drink from their delicious Frappuccino® range.
Want fewer calories, different milk or extra toppings? It’s likely possible as there are thousands of ways to customise your icy treat.
Marks & Spencer’s flaming kaftan will make a serious statement. We love the subtle beaded detail across the neckline.
White will go with anything, so this is a great choice if you’re a fan of loud bikinis.
How chic is Miss Selfridge's maxi?! This ornate creation will help ensure you're protected in the sun.
A shift dress will be the easiest thing to pop on after a dip in the water. The best thing about Joules's is that it's *super* cute.
Channel this season's 70s trend in a sexy mini. The bell sleeves and crochet material are majorly on trend.