3 On-The-Fly Beach Cover-Ups

Sure, swimsuit cover-ups are necessities of summertime style, but they’re costly and worn once or twice a year. The solution? Get creative with pieces already in your closet that double-up as bikini or one-piece covers. Here are 10 ideas to get you thinking outside the box.

Stitch Fix women’s boho outfit featuring blue stripe tiered maxi-dress with straw hat, sunglasses and slide sandals.


A bright, preppy plaid is an instant fresh & summery cover-up alternative. If you don’t already own one, ask your Stylist to send you one in a slightly larger size than you’d normally wear.

Stylist Tip: Look for a button-up in a natural fabric like cotton or linen with a slightly more substantial texture than normal. They’ll hold up better when you throw them in your beach bag, and even some splashes of salt water will dry in a jiffy.


Breezy cardigans are a closet staple for seasonal transitions, so why not wear them all year? They’re a must-have for layering, and they’re lightweight enough even when it’s hot. Wear one over your swimsuit during the day—you’ll be happy at sunset when the beach breeze kicks in.

Stylist Tip: Repurpose the on-trend lace & crochet in your closet from last spring as a cover-up! Its delicate loose pattern gives a peek of your suit & looks effortlessly boho.


A loose-fitting striped tank already has a nautical-inspired look, so it’s a no-brainer to throw on at the beach. Simply grab one out of your closet (or ask your Stylist for one in your Fix!) and pair it with your favorite bikini—feel free to mix & match with a solid or printed suit.

Stylist Tip: The best part about a striped tank? It goes from beach to sea breeze cocktails with the simple addition of jean cut-offs. Your wind-swept hair & sun-kissed skin are the only accessories you need.

Get creative! If you don’t have these specific pieces in your closet, here are additional options:

  • Kimono
  • Long, open-knit cotton sweater
  • Crochet dresses (sans slip)
  • Chambray shirt
  • Sleeveless T-shirt dress
  • Linen button-up
  • Your favorite shift dress

Want a summer refresh of these coastal contenders? Take your style quiz and schedule a Fix. Your expert stylist will gather five dreamy pieces to outfit your swim gear on beach day. A new breezy look is only a few clicks away. With free shipping, returns and exchanges, it’s as carefree as the summer sunshine.

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