The perfect cover-up: Your summer poolside look

We're well into summer, which means you're probably packing your suitcase for a fun-filled week in the sun. If you're heading to the beach or planning to spend your days lounging by the pool, you're bound to have a selection of bikinis and swimsuits that you just can't wait to flaunt.

While it's great to sunbathe and take a dip in the pool in your swimwear, it's also a good idea to consider packing a few cover-ups to throw on over the top for the times when you want to go for a stroll or grab lunch at a restaurant or bar by the beach.

When you hear the term cover-up, you might think of something oversized and a little drab; but that certainly doesn't need to be the case. There's a selection of on-trend beach cover-ups that will perfectly complement your figure, as well as your swimwear.

So if you want to be a total beach babe this summer, read on to find your dream cover-up:

The kaftan

Kaftans are a perfect way to cover up while looking super stylish at the same time. They come in a range of prints and designs and are made of lightweight material to keep you cool in the summer sun.

The kaftan is easy to slip into and often comes with a tie around the middle to cinch in your waist – really flattering hourglass frames. They also often have low V-necks to show off your bikini top or swimsuit and accentuate the decolletage area.

If you want to stand out by the pool, opt for a kaftan in a tie-dyed effect and a neckline embellished in diamantes or beads.

The crochet dress

Crochet is big on the spring/summer 2015 trend list, which means it's a must-have holiday essential.

Since crocheted garments have a cut-out effect, they serve as awesome cover-ups. Channel the boho, hippie vibe in a crochet dress this summer. Whether you opt for an oversized shapeless dress with bell-shaped sleeves or a strappy shift dress, you'll certainly look the part on your holiday.

Crochet patterns can be highly intricate, detailing flowers in different shapes and sizes. Experiment with a style to suit your shape. You could even add some beach waves to your hair and accessorise with our Flower Pattern Hair Clip. The stunning shell effect is ideal for hitting the beach and will certainly keep the sea breeze from blowing your hair into your face.

The kimono

Deriving from ancient Japanese culture, the kimono has long become a popular summer wardrobe staple – and for all the right reasons.

The bat-wing, floaty style makes it cool and comfortable, which is perfect for those days when the temperature is high. Coming in a broad selection of colours and prints, the kimono looks great when paired over a bikini or swimsuit, and is bound to make you feel classy and sophisticated.

Look out for kimonos adorned with fringed tassels, as this will really set you apart from other holidaymakers.

The mesh maxi

If you'd rather opt for something that covers you up a little more, a maxi dress is a good choice. The longer length of the dress will elongate your frame, making you look slim and stylish.

Although maxi dresses come in a range of designs, including sheer chiffon, this season it's all about mesh. This will give you a rock chick edge and is bound to turn heads on the beach and by the pool.

If you want to go all out, you could even wear your maxi as an evening outfit and hit the bars while working your floor-length ensemble.

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