18 Cute and Comfortable Swim Cover Ups for Moms

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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 for 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 little ones around in the sand, playing lifeguard in your yard’s tiny blow-up pool, or perhaps 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 upcoming summer outings will be done with little ones by your side, you’re going to need some practical cover ups. You’ll want swim cover ups or beach dresses that are lightweight, flowy, and easy to toss on as you chase your child around. And they get 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 of the best swim cover ups for mom that are practical and comfortable for summer:

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Swimsuits for All

Button-Up Swim Cover Up Shirt

This button-up style is a total classic, you will reach for it over and over again.

5 patterns available, comes in sizes up to 24

Amazon

Pom-Pom Beach Cover Up

This lightweight option is a good go-to that will work with most swimsuits.

20+ colors/patterns available, comes in regular and plus sizes

Amazon

Embroidered Mini Beach Dress

This breezy style has enough coverage for when you're chasing kids, but it still feels light for the hotter days.

20+ colors and styles available

Madewell

Double-Gauze Tie-Strap Cover Up Jumpsuit

This gauzy terracotta jumpsuit is ideal for going from the pool or beach to a casual dinner.

2 colors available

Hatch

The Long Body Tank Dress

Pregnant mamas need to enjoy the poolside, too! This bump-friendly dress is great for tossing on over a swimsuit or for other summer activities.

2 colors/patterns available

Amazon

Crochet Swim Cover Up

This on-trend crochet dress will be your go-to for quickly throwing on over your favorite suit.

11 colors available

Aerie

Chiffon Cape

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.

5 colors available

Target

Button-Up Cover Up Shirtdress

This striped button-down easily transitions from a swim cover up to the perfect outfit for running errands.

4 colors/patterns available, comes in regular and plus sizes

Summersalt

Going Places Gauze Coverup

This comfy cover up doubles as a cute layer around the pool or at the beach as well as when you're on-the-go. Pair it with your fave slides or summer sandals, and you're all set.

2 colors available

Amazon

Crochet Dress Cover Up

This crochet cover up is easy to toss on at the pool for a touch of extra coverage.

6 colors available

J.Crew

Smocked Beach Dress in Linen

This solid-colored summer dress in a soft linen is the perfect piece to transition from swim cover up to other summer activities.

4 colors available, comes in regular and plus sizes

Summersalt

The Palazzo Pant with Ties

Pair these wide-legged leopard print pants with a one-piece swimsuit for an effortless yet styled look.

7 colors/patterns available

Amazon

Set of Two Chiffon Sarongs

These chic sarongs are an ideal choice for a bit of extra coverage poolside.

10+ colors available

Kin by Kristine

Plus-Size Emerald & Black Maxi Dress

The sheer top on this gorgeous dress works great as a swim cover up and easily transitions to summer nights.

Target

Tie-Front Cover Up Pants

A pair of high-waisted, lightweight pants is a perfect option if you want to show off a cute swim top.

4 colors/patterns available, comes in regular and plus sizes

Lulus

Augas Santas Black and White Striped Swim Cover Up

We LOVE this dress for an elevated poolside look.

Nordstrom

Elan Cover-Up Maxi Dress

A maxi dress is a great option for heading to the pool. Plus, it has pockets!

Amazon

Beach Caftan Cover Up Dress

This Amazon pick is a fun option for beach days and summer nights.

20+ patterns available

This article was originally published in July 2020. It has been updated for timeliness. 

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