Even if I get into a better place in dealing with our swimsuit anxiety, even if I start working out a little to be healthier and feel better about my body, I still am not going to just walk around poolside without at least a towel draped around my waist or under my arms sarong-style.
Thankfully, we've come a long way from the oversized t-shirt we all used to don. Yes, after the invention of the mix-and-match swimsuit, the next best summer wardrobe item I adore: the cover-up. I'll confess that I've even worn some cover-ups non-poolside, as regular tunics over white jeans. When they start popping up in stores, I do get a little giddy. They are my summer go-to and my "poolside security blanket" that helps me enjoy summer that much more. Which ones am I eyeing this season:
I'm digging this one from Tommy Bahama - it's a cardigan-style hoodie. Again, perfect to feel covered up while at the community pool, and I can see myself tossing it on over a tank top and jeans to run to the store. Double-duty! From Nordstrom.
When you want to channel a little celebrity style, snag this one from Ann Taylor...the print is classic, yet not too printy, if you know what I mean. Match it with oversized shades and a large hat, and you can do your best A-Lister impression...or just feel super jazzy. From Ann Taylor.
Another one that can work at the beach or at pick-up...I'm loving the zip action in the front, as well as the pockets -- ohso handy for stashing shades or shells you find on your walkabout. From Kohl's.
Old Navy has this snazzy one in three colors - sleek black and two stripes for a pop of color: blue and pink. Airy and light, yet loads of coverage when walking to and from the car. I'm torn between this chic black and the perfectly nautical blue-stripe (I may get both). From Old Navy.
What caught my eye on this Oneill cover-up? The awesome longer length in the back. As someone with some upper thigh issues, I am digging the cute high-low hemline, which provides ample coverage but doesn't totally have me in a head-to-toe muumuu. Cute prints, lightweight, done and done! From Zappos.
What do you wear as a cover-up? Share your best finds!