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Picture this: you’re lounging on the beach with a cocktail (or mocktail!) in one hand and your favorite book in the other. There isn’t a worry on your mind, except trying to remember when it’s time to apply more sunscreen.
Sorry to paint you the perfect picture and then totally tear it apart, but if you’re a mom hanging out at the pool or beach with your kids, you probably aren’t experiencing the aforementioned bliss.
Instead, you’re probably chasing your littles ones around in the sand, you’re playing lifeguard in your yard’s tiny blow-up pool, or perhaps you’re wrestling with your slippery kid in an attempt to properly slather them in sunscreen. And who hasn’t held their squirmy baby while simultaneously praying they don’t pull down your swimsuit? We’ve all been there.
Maybe it’s not the same as a kid-free vacation in Mexico, but being outside with your little ones and enjoying the summer sun is a different kind of bliss. It can be chaotic and exhausting, but it’s still fun!
If your summer outings will be done with little ones by your side, you’re going to need some practical cover ups. You’ll want swim coverups or beach dresses that are lightweight, flowy, and are easy to toss on as you chase your child around. Bonus points if they can transition from pool time to your next activity since we know mom-life often means go-go-go.
Here are 18 comfortable and practical cover ups perfect for mom life this summer.
Swimsuits for All
A classic, this button up coverup option comes in five patterns and sizes up to 24.
This breezy style has enough coverage for when you're chasing kids, but still feels light for the hotter days.
Check out the tie-back on this beautiful and breezy dress perfect to throw over a swimsuit.
Of course we have to include a Target pick and we love this simple, airy option with a cute tie-detail.
2 colors available
This solid colored summer dress in broken-in jersey is the perfect piece to transition from swim cover-up to other summer activities.
6 colors available
sizes XXS - 3X
Pregnant mamas need to enjoy the poolside too! This bump-friendly dress is great for tossing on over a swimsuit or for other summer-time activities.
also available in black and white stripe
This cover up is easy to toss on at the pool for a touch of extra coverage.
This Amazon pick is a fun option for beach days and summer nights.
8 patterns available
This lightweight option from Old Navy is a good go-to that will work with most swimsuits.
Abercrombie & Fitch
This lightweight 100% cotton coverup is great for hot summer days by the pool or the beach.
A maxi dress is a great option for heading to the pool. Plus it has pockets!
This tie-dye dress easily transitions from a swim coverup to the perfect errand-running outfit.
Kin by Kristine
The sheer top on this gorgeous dress works great as a swim coverup and easily transitions to summer nights.
We LOVE this dress for an elevated poolside look.
This bright and breezy dress is ideal for going from the pool or beach to a casual dinner.
We love the kimono look for poolside hangouts. Throw on a pair of denim shorts and you've got a perfect summer outfit to head to the pool or the beach.
4 patterns available
These high-waisted pants are lightweight enough for the pool or for every day use.
5 patterns available
Pair these wide-legged pants with a one-piece swimsuit for a put together look.
The array of colors, the ruching, the support, the full-coverage bum, and the versatility make it an official favorite of The Everymom team.