Kaftans are forever chic. A sarong is always in style, but for the summer of 2022, a menswear-inspired button-up cover-up really feels like the way to go.
Whether you want to keep things as simple as grabbing an oversized button-up from the closet of your partner or a friend, or you’re looking to expand your own closet with a shirt dress or a playful camp-collar shirt, a button-up is a versatile option for throwing on over your favorite swimsuit. It will cover your shoulders and midsection, helping to prevent you from burning, but it can also help to transition your look to post-beach and help to keep you warm if a sea breeze suddenly comes up mid-afternoon. Ahead, shop our favorite button-up cover-up you’ll want to live in this summer.
When temperatures hit the 80s or above, you don’t want to be caught in clothing that holds onto heat and doesn’t let a little air through. Soft, semi-sheer linen will help to keep your body cool even as you soak up the sun.
For a more polished beach look, consider swapping a classic button-up for a shirt dress. It’s the type of piece that you can dress up with a pair of heels, and no one will know you still have a swimsuit underneath.
If you want something casual and cool for a day reading by the pool, try a top in comfy terry cloth fabric. The material is absorbent, so you don’t have to worry about getting it wet, plus it can double as a pillow if you need a little extra support.
Borrowed From the Boys
Don’t let men have all the fun; try adding a menswear button-up to your summer wardrobe for a little twist on the classic staple. The oversized fit will be comfortable on the beach, while also playing nicely with a pair of denim cutoffs and your favorite sandals.
For those times at the ocean when you’re not guaranteed a warm sun all day, consider swapping your usual button-up for a chunky cardigan instead. You’ll still have the ease factor of being able to throw it over your shoulders, but it will add a touch of warmth should temperatures take a dip.