Where Have the Cute Cover-ups Gone?

June 19, 2013 § Leave a comment

A pressing question as the temperatures begin to really rise and I have to pack for a short trip to Scottsdale this week. Out of all the things that one must shop for, I find the bathing suit cover-up to be the worst. Why? Because most of the ones I find seem to be some combination of: (1) Totally sheer, (2) Too expensive to get sunblock all over, (3) Bedazzled and (4) Made of fabric that is better used for throw pillows.

However, I have done quite a bit of legwork and am happy to report that there are a few companies that are making downright adorable things. My favorites of the season:

Lemlem (http://www.lemlem.com/)

Items here go fast, but there are many things to love, including this little dress that I picked up a few months ago:

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Founded by the fantastically beautiful model, Liya Kebede, Lemlem’s wares are made of handwoven fabric from her native country Ethiopia. The fabrics are just great and while the prices are a little higher than most, I think the good cause and cool designs make it worth it if you want to splurge.

Joie (available everywhere from Piperlime to Nordstrom)

When they feel like making a coverup, they go Bohemian, but not too far. Super soft cottons that breathe but longer sleeves for extra coverage makes me a little nuts for them. These are two of my favorites — same basic cut, two different fabrics:

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They also made an off-white one this year that I adore, because sometimes plain white it just nice…


And, they made this great maxi that isn’t really bohemian at all — I think it is kind of sporty:


J. Crew (http://www.jcrew.com/womens_category/beachcoverups.jsp)

Considering the mixed bag of quality at J. Crew overall, they seem to keep the cover-ups pretty consistent. And there are some awfully nice ones this season, including collaborations with Lemlem and Nili Lotan!

Ella Moss (http://www.ellamoss.com/)

OK, they don’t really make cover-ups, but I use this kind of crazy dress as one:


I think the print is happy and perfect for poolside. Beach, less so. But that is just me.

And that is all I have for today.


(Photos, which could be better, I know: Some Cozy Night)

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