Three Ways To Level Up Your Summer Style With Plus-Size Swimsuit Cover-Ups

One of my favorite things about great plus-size swimwear is it’s versatility! From boldly colored one-pieces to chic printed tankinis, swimwear is as much about creating a style moment as it is about going swimming. Summer is the perfect opportunity to get creative with your swimsuits and show-off your personal style. And a fabulous plus-size swimsuit cover-up can take your favorite swimsuit from “that’s looks nice on you” to “WOW.” Aside from being a practical way to conceal the goods as you make your way to the water, cover-ups give a whole new sense of purpose to the swimsuit. You don’t have to wait for white sandy beaches or turquoise waters to make a statement in your plus-size swimwear. With some simple cover-up styles and the bold chic pieces on you can wear your favorite swimsuit just about anywhere this summer. Here’s how to do it!

The Long And Short Of It All

Shorts are a classic cover-up choice and an easy way to take your swimsuit to the next level. These french terry lounge shorts have a sporty vibe with their relaxed fit and drawstring waist—they pair easily with chunky sandals or sneakers. This outfit is casual and just the right combo for a jog or walk down the beach before cooling off in the water. If your day plans are more along the lines of styling and profiling down the boardwalk or if you’re foregoing the water all together and just want to take your new suit out for a spin, plus-size denim shorts complement any piece. High-waisted jean shorts will highlight the chic print of your bikini top. Going out at night? Try a white short styled with the Andie Swim Malibu One-Piece and wedges or heels. Trust me, no one will care that your ribbed “top” is really a swimsuit when they see you looking that good.

Going With The Flow

Skirts sometimes get overlooked as swimsuit cover-ups and I am just not sure why. I bought a stunning, gold multiway suit that tied into any style, I couldn’t bear to ruin it with salt water or chlorine. So, I popped on my favorite floral pencil skirt, some wedge sandals and hit the dance floor- back in the day when going out dancing was a thing. The point is, skirts are a worthy plus-size cover-up especially a gloriously flowy printed wrap skirt like this. It effortlessly creates an eye-catching outfit and slips on and off in T-minus 2 seconds (pssst, this is a faux wrap-you’re welcome). For a more casual look swap out the printed wrap for a fringed hem plus-size denim skirt and strappy flat sandals.

Trend Or Bust!

Trend seekers already know that an oversized button-down shirt is a must-have this season and it works as a swim cover-up, too. These breezy shirt dresses have been all over the fashion space for spring/summer 2021 from the runways of Valentino to the Dia Shop (yes we’ve got them, too!). Easy styling at its best, you don’t have to worry about coordinating colors with your swimsuit. You can throw this piece on over any swimsuit style with heeled sandals or slippers for a complete look. Accessorize with a skinny belt and wide brim hat and transport yourself to the tropical vacation of your dreams. 


The truth is no matter what you choose you just can’t go wrong with a plus-size swimsuit cover-up. Have fun with it and tag us on IG with #READYWITHDIA.

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