If you’re taking a cruise or planning a beach vacation, a couple of cute swim coverups should be on your packing list. But where can you buy stylish yet affordable swimsuit coverups? Amazon!

I’ve curated the cutest swim coverups on Amazon for all ages and body types. I’ve included opaque and sheer coverups, in various lengths. It all depends on how much skin you feel comfortable showing at the beach or around the Lido deck.

Many are suitable for wearing right to the buffet – no need to change clothes to grab a quick meal! If you’re headed to the beach, you can feel comfortable walking around when you’re not swimming or sunning.

Best of all, every one of these swim coverup options is affordable at under $25, and most are eligible for free two-day Prime shipping. If you don’t have a Prime membership, you can get a free 30-day trial using my link.

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Note: please check size charts provided by each manufacturer before ordering to determine your best size. Sizing can vary wildly from one manufacturer to another.

Tunic and dress-style swim coverups

I love tunic-style cover-ups. Unlike a more open style, they keep you covered when it’s windy and your hands are full! Depending on the length, many tunic coverups can also do double-duty as a casual dress or top.

Airy Open Crochet Tunic

This v-neck, crocheted tunic features drawstrings on each side to adjust the fit. It has a beach sweater look, but the open-crochet design is airy enough to keep you cool.

This style is available in sizes S-XL, and also comes in 18 other colors, both solids and stripes.

Sunny Chiffon Pompom Mini-Kaftan

This sunny yellow open v-neck coverup features pompom detailing along the bottom and side edges. The lightweight chiffon fabric is semi-sheer. I can picture a Lilly Pulitzer girl wearing this over a brightly-patterned swimsuit!

This style is also available in 21 other colors, both solids and patterns. The coverup is one-size-fits-most, ranging from US sizes 2-18 (XS-2XL).

Flowy Camp Beach Tunic

This camp-shirt-inspired tunic features roll-up sleeves with tabs. Shirttails with side slits provide cover without restricting movement. With its semi-opaque material and shirting style, you can just throw on a pair of shorts to walk around the ship or into town.

The tunic also comes in 18 other colors, including several windowpane checks. Sizing runs from Small to XXX-Large.

Retro Medallion Lace Beach Dress

Medallion lace insets and bracelet sleeves give this cute coverup a vintage feel. The crinkled-chiffon fabric is perfect for stuffing in a beach bag without worrying about wrinkles.

This coverup comes in seven solid colors, and is available in sizes XS-XXL (US sizes 2-16).

Crochet Chiffon Tassel Tunic

This v-neck chiffon coverup is embellished with contrast crochet lace detailing and tassels along the bottom and side edges.

The tunic is available in sizes S-XXXL, and comes in 24 other solids and patterns (some without the lace detail).

Cardigan and kimono-style swim coverups

Cardigan-style coverups usually show a bit more skin than a pullover style. If you like the look but prefer a coverup that stays closed, pick a style with a tie at the waist. Or, sew on a hook-and-eye closure so you can close the cardigan when you want to.

Flowy Kimono Cardigan Open Front Maxi Dress

This tropical leaf print open front cardigan is sheer and flowy, and its maxi-length gives it a dramatic look.

It’s available in nine other patterns, and comes in sizes XS-XXL. It does tend to run on the roomy side, so you may consider ordering a size down.

Peekaboo Sunflower Lace Cardigan

This romantic peekaboo cardigan with an opaque lace sunflower pattern shows a little skin without being too revealing. The tie-front at the high waist keeps the coverup from opening when you’re walking around (or when it’s windy).

The coverup comes in one color and one size. Customer reviews note that it should fit up to size XL.

Kimono Half-Sleeve Chiffon Cardigan

This airy chiffon kimono-style cardigan features batwing sleeves and a loose, drapey fit. It also looks cute as a light layer over a tank and shorts or jeans!

It’s also offered in ten other patterns, and is available in one size to fit most.

Boho Loose Chiffon Beach Cardigan

This duster-style long cardigan has bands of geometric and floral designs on white. The lightweight material and open front make it perfect for even the hottest summer days.

The cardigan is also available in a southwestern pattern, in shades of wine, red, and blue. Sizes range from S-XXL.

Oversized Striped Tie-Front Cardigan

This vertical-striped beach cardigan has both an elastic and drawstring to adjust your fit at the waist. The batwing sleeves give it a flowy, easy fit.

The coverup is available in nine other patterns as well as two solids. Sizes are from S through XXL. Many reviews note that it runs one size large.

Sarong and pareo-style swim coverups

Sarongs and pareos are so versatile, and make easy and cute swim coverups! I always keep one in my beach bag just in case I want to cover up without getting completely dressed again.

You can wear a full-size sarong as a simple skirt with one tie at the waist, but with a couple of twists and a knot it becomes a beach dress. There are hundreds of ways to wear a sarong as a coverup (check out the video at the end of this section to see ten easy ways to tie a sarong).

Starfish + Coral Full Sarong

The starfish and coral pattern on this 70″ x 45″ sarong is the perfect aquatic design for lounging by the ocean! This coverup has enough material to be tied into a long or mid-length skirt, or even a halter dress.

The sarong is also available in five other ocean-themed prints.

Tasseled Short Pareo

The crinkle-gauze fabric of this semi-sheer pareo means you can just stuff it in your beach bag and go! The pareo is long enough to tie into a skirt or top, without an overwhelming amount of fabric.

This pareo comes in tons of other colors, as well as a longer size that can also be fashioned into a halter dress.

Lightweight Mesh Lace Fringed Sarong

This mesh lace sarong is super-airy and lightweight, and edged with a long flapper-style fringe. It has enough material to be tied into a skirt, short dress, or shawl.

The fringed sarong is also offered in several other lace patterns in black, white, or ivory. One size fits US sizes 2-10.

Hibiscus Flower Full Sarong

This Hawaiian-style hibiscus print wrap measures approximately 66 x 44 inches. The opaque fabric is lightweight but provides full coverage in a single layer.

The sarong is also available in 12 other floral patterns.

Sheer Chiffon Short Wrap Skirt

While not a full sarong, this semi-sheer short wrap can be tied into a skirt or a sleeveless top. Perfect for when you want a little coverage but maximum sun!

The chiffon mini-sarong also comes in 15 other solids and patterns, some in a slightly longer length.

Kaftan-style swim coverups

If you want maximum skin coverage while still staying cool, or just want a more dramatic look, a kaftan is the way to go. Kaftans look great on all body types, and the more opaque versions are even dressy enough to wear to dinner with a pair of strappy sandals.

Geometric Tassel-Front Beach Kaftan

This v-neck abstract geometric print kaftan features an elastic and drawstring waist, adjustable with a tasseled pull. Its maxi-length is elegant enough for dinner, but still casual enough for the Lido deck or beach.

Available in one-size-fits-most, the flowy kaftan also comes in 29 other colors and patterns, some with a slightly different cut or material.

Bold Stripe Beach Kaftan

The bold stripe pattern on this gorgeous kaftan immediately made me think of Lemlem, the handwoven (and very pricey) label by model and designer Liya Kebede. This one’s not handwoven, but it’s a teensy fraction of the price.

It’s striking yet simple, and the semi-sheer fabric gives it a light and airy feel. One size fits most, and the kaftan is also available in 41 other patterns and colors, some with a slightly different cuts and fabrication.

Batwing-Sleeve Boho Print Kaftan

A fantasy-patterned kaftan with an oversized cut, this will keep you cool on even the hottest summer day. The open neckline and loose-fitting sleeves ensure an easy, comfortable fit.

This kaftan is one size, but fits US sizes 12-22 best. It also comes in 13 other similar patterns.

Sheer V-Neck Beach Kaftan

This elegant maxi dress is light, gauzy and semi-sheer. Its v-neckline, wide sleeve openings, and slit sides make it comfortable and easy to move in.

The white fabric looks best over a white swimsuit, but it’s also offered in yellow, blue, and aqua shades. Sizes run from S-XL, and the cut runs a little big.

Contrast Embroidered Half-Sleeve Kaftan

This elegant kaftan is a striking design, with heavy floral-motif embroidery at the vertical center line and around the 3/4 sleeves. The dress is mostly opaque, with just a hint of sheerness.

The kaftan is also available in the reverse colors, with navy embroidery on a white background. Sizes run from S through 3X.

Read more:

What to Pack in Your Cruise Carry On Bag

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What’s your favorite style of swim coverup? Which of my cute swim coverups do you like the best? Let me know in the comments below!


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6 Comments

  1. Some really lovely pieces here, I love the sarongs. I’m always on the look out for something cute, easy and stylish to put on over my bikini when im away. Some brilliant suggestions. Thank you

  2. Very interesting shopping tips for beachwear! They’re all lovely but my favorite are the simple sheer skirt and the white transparent dress, so elegant!

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