Bathing Suit Week: Cover-ups that don't scream muumuu!
Too much sun is bad for your skin. Duh. So when I hit the beach, I get all celebrity-like with a big, floppy hat, bug-eyed shades and a cute cover-up.
In addition to helping evade UV rays and those sneaky paparazzi, this strategy hides the flabby bits of my body that aren't fit for public consumption. Fighting the heat is bad enough. I don't want to also worry about having to suck in my stomach while lounging by the pool with the latest issue of Vanity Fair.
Don't think covering up means looking like Aunt Myrtle in her muumuu or your daughter in her ripped jean shorts. Here are some alternatives that will keep you safe and stylish in the sun:
Classy and comfy, a tunic protects shoulders from the sun in a way that many little sundresses unfortunately don't. This cover-up, part of the Liberty of London for Target line, could pull double-duty in your wardrobe. Pair it with sandals for the beach, then throw on leggings and wear it as a top to dinner.
The Loft has introduced a new beachwear collection, available exclusively online. At $49.50, this ruched halter dress is a little pricey for something that will soon be covered in sand, but the fact that it's nice enough to run errands in on a Saturday should lessen the guilt.
Self-conscious about your legs? Maybe it's time to try a maxi dress, a trend that appears to have staying power. Old Navy offers several versions of the ankle-length dress this summer, including this pretty floral print.
Sometimes, basics work best. This cover-up from Land's End is functional and goes with everything. The cinched middle gives it a waist, and the V-neck keeps it sexy. Added bonus: It comes in plus sizes!
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