Cover Up

You’ve snagged the swimsuit. But don’t dive in just yet. Read up on these tips for finding that just-right cover-up, then grab a pair of sandals and strut with confidence from beach to boardwalk (or perhaps just to the Popsicle stand).

The Tunic: Half shirt, half dress, the tunic cover-up is universally flattering. Its body-skimming shape looks particularly great on apple-shaped women – disguising a tummy while showing off great gams.

The Romper: Boy-shaped? Create curves with a romper, which draws the eye to the widest parts of your hips and bust. Bonus points for extra frills.

The Sarong: There are a bajillion ways to tie a sarong (read up and try them all), but the simple knot around the waist is particularly flattering on pear-shaped women who want to show off a slim upper body.

The Kaftan: There’s something so Hollywood-vacation about this bold, flowy garment – especially if done right. If you’re petite, opt for a knee-length version (traditional long styles can drown you). If you’re taller, try a floor-length printed number with a deep V-neck for a punch of beach glam.

As for fabrics? Simple: look for ones that will dry easily. Think 100% cotton, linen, and terry. And steer clear of super-hot polyester and denim, which take ages to dry. Now, off to the beach you go.

By Joanna Berliner, Editor 

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July 15, 2013