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Show us what you’re working with: 5 modern beach cover ups that will take you from sand to bar

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As we dive head first into Australia summer, (and hopefully, some tropical domestic travel), it's only natural that many of us are beginning to think about our 'coming out of lockdown' fits. But as tends to be the case during the height of the season down under, the distinction between beach and bar is virtually non-existent. Besides, what could possibly encapsulate our lifestyle more than heading from a long day at the beach to out with friends? For those instances when a wrapped towel won't do, a handy selection of beach cover ups is essential.

If you're feeling a little unsure about the outdated connotations of traditional beach cover ups, there's no need to fear. We plan on doing things a little different round here. Gone are the days of long, shapeless beach dresses; or unnecessarily vibrant kaftans that felt like even too much for the loudest of European beaches. No, this season's approach is far more understated.

In the last year, we've seen the return of the sarong, have welcomed oversized shirting to the sand and championed the practical and stylish nature of terry-towelling. Thankfully, this shift in the way of beach cover ups is not reverting any time soon; which means we can absolutely live out our ocean to runway dreams.

Below, we're taking you through the hottest alternatives to traditional beach cover ups that need to be in your wardrobe this summer.


1. Sarongs

If you've been noticing some of your favourite models sporting the humble sarong again, it's for good reason. A favourite of our market editor, Angel, this piece is one of the most versatile summer items you can have. Depending on your chosen length, a sarong can be worn in so many ways – skirt, dress, top – the possibilities are endless.

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Caravana + NET SUSTAIN Tuznik leather-trimmed fringed cotton-gauze pareo
Emilio Pucci Albizia-print cotton sarong
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Ganni Abstract-print organic-cotton voile sarong
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Loewe + Paula's Ibiza Sunset frayed printed cotton-voile pareo
Totême Monogram-print cotton-muslin sarong
Frankies Bikinis Pariso mini sarong


2. Oversized shirting

There's no denying that our love for oversized tailoring has sky rocketed; and thankfully this look isn't solely reserved for the office. You can wear your shirt open over your swimsuit while on the beach, and then button up this look for drinks and snacks after. Linen or cotton, this modern take on beach cover ups will work for anyone.

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Arket Lightweight linen shirt
Casablanca Short sleeve rose a maui shirt
The Frankie Shop Somma shirt
Raes x Commas Oversized linen shirt
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Eres Coquelicot printed cotton and silk-blend voile tunic
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Oas Hippie Hop Shirt


3. Terry towelling

Terry towelling in clothing has certainly been around for a few years now, but the fact that it has been able to withstand multiple seasons proves that it isn't going anywhere soon. You can find this trend at multiple different price points and in a variety of pieces. Whether you're more of a matching set kind of girl, or prefer the practicality of a playsuit. It's also great for soaking up those last few drops of salt water.

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Araminta James Terry towelling romper
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Venroy Woven terry lounge short
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Oas White machu terry shirt
Everlane The terry cloth short
Terry Il Pareo Kimono wrapped top


4. Scarf top

Though silk scarfs are predominately useful for covering up the top half of your body, we couldn't exclude this beach trend from our list. Having a silk scarf on hand in your beach bag is the perfect solution for day-to-night dressing. Simply pair with trusty denim shorts or a linen pant and you will look put together as ever.

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Christopher Esber Bandana silk bandeau top
Oroton Floral scarf
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Zimmermann Large silk square scarf
Emilio Pucci abstract print silk scarf


5. Crochet

Crochet has long had its place in beachwear, but recently, we're starting to see more sophisticated and practical iterations pop up onto the scene. The trick to making crochet look effortless is to wear it in small doses. It is the beach after all, and while we want to keep things fun, it's also important to feel comfortable.


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Cult Gaia Silena crochet-knit midi dress
Akoia Swim Londu Shorts
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Jil Sander loose crochet jumper
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Dion Lee sheer crochet tank top


If this has set you in a mood for summer shopping, complete your beach outfit with our selection of the string bikinis we're buying this season.


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