19 Chic Cover-Up Alternatives That Will Make You Retire Your Caftan

Think outside the box at the beach.
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LemLem Lulu split Caftan Dress, $365, available here.

LemLem Lulu split Caftan Dress, $365, available here.

So you've planned a nice break from work that involves sun exposure (meaning, you'll need to add layers of SPF!), a welcoming body of water and hours of uninterrupted chilling. In other words, you're going on beach vacay and to celebrate you've scooped up a smocked bikini and a netted bag. But now that you've got your influencer-approved beach basics down, you still have to find a way to make it from concrete to sand while maintaining your 'gram-worthy style. 

If you've been paying attention to the fashion pack posted up in Tulum, you've seen that they're starting to get a little more experimental with their swimsuit and cover-up pairings. Many have gone for full crocheted looks or have opted for striped shirt dresses; some have worn tropical button downs, while others have embraced a sheer pants moment. In any case, they've mastered the après swim — or avant swim, depending — aesthetic by throwing out the belief that a cover-up can only mean a caftan-y thing that floats over your swimsuit. Sure, a billowy, silk caftan is an always chic and timeless heat wave option, but what about a tantalizing sheer red mini dress or a rainbow-hued pair of ruffled shorts?

Ahead, shop the best beach cover-ups to buy, just in time for your warm-weather getaway.  

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