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Beautiful beach cover-ups

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on Friday, 24 August 2012

As we struggle to cling on to the final few weeks of summer, last minute holiday deals become more and more tempting, especially when the weather takes a turn for the worse.  But as Autumn/Winter style storms the shops it can become harder to find the perfect wardrobe for that impulse getaway. One essential item for that late summer holiday is the beach cover-up – a multi-tasking item that can take you from pool to bar in an instant!  Luckily there are still some great options to choose from!

Some of us may not be as happy with our beach body as others, especially at this latter stage of summer when indulging has become too tempting to resist.  This beach dress from Monsoon will still let you flash a little flesh without overdoing it.  Hitting mid-thigh it sweeps over your stomach conveniently concealing and hiding any worries you may have.  The striking tribal pattern is still on-trend and the embellished detailing keeps you looking as stylish as ever without showing all. £16.50 down from £55.00


For those who want a little more cover, a maxi dress is the ideal solution.  This light blue number from Reiss is perfect as the light material keeps you cool for longer whilst covering almost everything, leaving you to enjoy yourself without having to worry too much about what’s on show. £47.00


An alternative for those who aren’t so keen on their upper arms is this lace cover up from Paolita online at ASOS. The kimono cut sleeves sweep over the arms and mask any problems you may be worrying about, while the sheer detailing makes it comfortable for the beach, keeping you covered and cool, yet still looking classy. £85.00


For those who want to show some skin but keep it bar appropriate, this French Connection beach dress available at ASOS is a great choice. The bold colour keeps it summery whilst the crochet detail softens the look and gives it a feminine touch.  In the sale for £48 down from £67, this is a piece not to be missed!


Finally, the sarong is the classic choice for those who feel their thighs are not their best feature.  Picking a light, sheer material will keep it flattering on the body whilst still looking stylish and sleek.  This bright silk option by Carine Gilson is available from Net-A-Porter online. Paired with a complementary bright coloured bikini (or alternatively a swimsuit if you don’t like exposing your tummy) your beachside glamour is complete! £265.00


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