15 Fresh Ideas for Covering Up at the Beach This Summer

Heading to the beach or pool sometime soon? There are as many ways to cover up pre- and post-water as there are swimsuits themselves—from beach-goddess gowns to borrowed menswear. And who better than Vogue’s editors to turn to for inspiration? Fashion News & Emerging Platforms Editor Steff Yotka opts for that high school favorite, the classic oversize rugby striped polo. Culture Editor Alessandra Codinha sticks to her tried-and-true go-to, a large white button-down shirt. Try a set, à la Accessories Editor Willow Lindley’s favorite forest green linen shirt and shorts, or shake things up with a leopard-print slip skirt as recommended by Associate Market Editor Madeline Fass.

Of course, the caftan or robe is the classic après swim route. Assistant Editor Lilah Ramzi opts for an alluring take, a solid silk satin robe, while Beauty Editor Jenna Rennert prefers hers in a flower print. But the winner for best multipurpose cover-up may be the option recommended by Archive Editor Laird Borrelli-Persson: a scarf that can tied around the waist, draped around the shoulders, or knotted below the chin. Here’s to chicly covering up this summer.

Here, the 15 best cover-ups for the pool, the beach, and everywhere in between.