7 Clothing Items That Make Surprisingly Stylish Swimsuit Coverups

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When the temperatures soar, nothing feels better than submerging yourself in refreshingly cold water. From swimming in a pool to spending a day at the beach or lake with friends, summer's most fun activities involve wearing a swimsuit. You can tell because beginning as early as the end of winter every year, social media feeds and clothing websites are flooded with the different types of swimsuits that are anticipated to be trendy in the coming months.

Now, don't get us wrong — we love bikini shopping just as much as the next person. But choosing a cute coverup is just as important, and gets none of the attention. After all, you can't head to the bar for a round of yummy frozen margs in just your dripping-wet suit.

Swimsuit coverups tend to the shape of unflattering tunics in overly flamboyant patterns that are more country club than Capri. But if you take some time to browse the regular clothing sections, you can find hidden gems that would make chic, functional après-swim apparel with just a little bit of styling magic. Keep reading to find out how we would wear these unexpected coverups.

Banana Republic Ramie Popover Shirt Dress
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Banana Republic Ramie Popover Shirt Dress

The Banana Republic Ramie Popover Shirt Dress ($139) may seem slightly fancy for a swim coverup, but the linen-like white fabric is absolutely giving us Mediterranean vacation vibes. Throw this dress over your one-piece, twist your still-wet hair into a low bun, and you're ready for a sophisticated al fresco lunch.

Banana Republic Baby Terry Romper
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Banana Republic Baby Terry Romper

For a more casual and playful option, we recommend the Banana Republic Baby Terry Romper ($90). The lightweight sweatshirt fabric will keep you cozy after a dip, without being too suffocating or hot. Opt for this piece when you have an active day at the pool planned.

Banana Republic Sandwash Maxi T-Shirt Dress With Side Slits
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Banana Republic Sandwash Maxi T-Shirt Dress With Side Slits

The drapey, silky feel of the Banana Republic Sandwash Maxi T-Shirt Dress With Side Slits ($80) elevates an otherwise laid-back silhouette. A maxi-length dress is an unexpectedly practical choice for a swimsuit coverup because more coverage leads to greater sun protection. Still, don't forget to lather on the SPF!

Banana Republic Cotton Gauze Roll-Cuff Shirt
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Banana Republic Cotton Gauze Roll-Cuff Shirt

Size up in the Banana Republic Cotton Gauze Roll-Cuff Shirt ($75) for a preppy, nautical-inspired swimsuit coverup. While this shirt might not provide enough coverage on its own to wear to, say, a restaurant, it would look adorable unbuttoned over a brightly colored bikini. You can always pull on some denim cutoffs when it's time to leave the beach.

Banana Republic Oversized Tech-Stretch Shirt
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Banana Republic Oversized Tech-Stretch Shirt

This already oversize Banana Republic shirt ($90) has a relaxed fit that makes a button down shirt a totally appropriate choice for the beach or pool. Plus, since it's technically part of the BR Sport collection, it's made from a stretchy, moisture-wicking fabric that is ideal for layering over a wet bathing suit.

Banana Republic Baby Terry Jumpsuit
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Banana Republic Baby Terry Jumpsuit

The full-length answer to the terry romper, the Banana Republic Baby Terry Jumpsuit ($110) is a coverup that can take you from day to night. Long pants in soft sweatshirt material will keep you warm long after the sun goes down.

Banana Republic UV Resistant Sweater Shorts
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Banana Republic UV Resistant Sweater Shorts

Pair some sweat shorts with a one-piece swimsuit and suddenly you have a full outfit. The Banana Republic UV Resistant Sweater Shorts ($55) are our favorite way to wear this style — the special yarn offers built-in UV protection.