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Beach Cover-Ups That You Can Already Start Layering Into Your Closet

From brunch to the beach.

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Kick your SS17 wardrobe into high gear with the addition of a few multi-purpose pieces. After all, versatility is key to a flourishing wardrobe – especially when you're on a budget.

For us, nothing exemplifies this practicality more than the beach cover-up. Much more than a simple sarong, cover-ups vary from crocheted maxi dresses and mesh caftans to floral kimonos and floaty bardot minidresses. 

And lucky for us, these essential beach styles happen to coincide with some of this season's major trends. Some of us want an extra excuse to rock the sheer look, while others can't get enough of off-the-shoulder pieces. Either way, trendy and versatile cover ups are the way to go.

Whether you're headed to brunch or the beach, check out our varied selection of cover-ups that you can work into any look:

From the runway to the red carpet, this barely-there trend is heating up. Take this style out shopping in the city by pairing with two key spring pieces: a breezy trench coat and a snazzy sneaker. Layer a pair or smart-casual skinny jeans underneath with a simple bodysuit or, if you're feeling daring, your finest lingerie
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Pretty Little Thing Crocheted Lace Cover Up Maxi Dress - $43.75
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Forever 21 Crocheted Cover Up Dress - $22.90
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New Look Crochet Trim Beach Dress - $23
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Urban Outfitter Crochet Scoop Neck Beach Cover Up - $49.99
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City Chic Crochet Caftan Cover Up - $69
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Bardot dresses are the simplest cover-up to work into your regular closet, mainly because they aren't sheer or see-through in any way and they look like your typical summer dress. Add a denim jacket, a pair of chunky sandals and a cute cross body bag and you're good to go. 
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ASOS Curve Off Shoulder Beach Dress - $34
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Boohoo Embroidered Bardot Beach Dress - £15
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River Island Blue Bardot Beach Dress - $48
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Becca Etc High Tea Cover Up - $88
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ASOS Petite Stripe Off Shoulder Beach Dress - $38
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Versatile, stylish and practical, a kimono is an item we highly recommend you have in your wardrobe, even if you don't live anywhere near a beach. Pick up a floaty kimono or caftan in with lace, floral, embroidered or ornate detail to add a bust of color to any outfit – not to mention a chic layer to keep on-hand for those cool summer nights. Throw yours on with anything from a maxi dress to a simple white tee and jeans pairing for instant Insta points. Soon enough, you won't be able to leave the house without one.
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ASOS Curve Beach Kimono in Blossom Print - $49
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Mango Embroidered Kaftan - $159.99
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River Island Embroidered Kimono - $58
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Nasty Gal Mia Floral Kimono - $60
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New Look Dark Floral Beach Kimono - $23
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Showing a little skin at the beach is expected, but working a completely sheer piece into your day-to-day look? That's a little bit more of a challenge. Lucky for you, transparent is a big look this season. If you're bold enough to rock a mesh beach cover up with nothing more than a bra underneath (if that), we say go for it! Alternatively, there are several methods of rocking mesh in a more subtle way, for example, you could pair it with a color-coordinated camisole, slip dress or bandeau for a more modest, but still fashion-forward, approach to the trend. 
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Topshop Fringe Mesh Maxi Cover Up - $58
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Forever 21 Plus Size Mesh Cover Up Dress - $17.90
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Agent Provocateur Gold Mesh Maxi Cafatan - $218
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New Look Sports Beach Mesh Caftan - $23
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Evil Twin Mesh High Leg Midi Beach Dress - $76
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