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Best Beach Coverups For Your Body Shape

Sizzle on the sand or poolside with these body-friendly beachside looks.

Courtesy of Everything But Water and Shopbop.

Hitting the beach or the pool this weekend? Add a style statement by slipping a glamorous coverup over your favorite swimwear. Here, the best ones out now that will flatter your sexy body shape.

MORE: What’s Your Body Shape?

If you’re a Ruler, create curves with a romper.

For all of my straight-torso sweethearts, choose a coverup that gives the illusion of having voluptuous curves. A romper does this by helping create distinct sections in all the right places—at the widest part of your hips and across the bust line. (It’s trickier to pull this off with any other shape than a slender figure, so flaunt it, my darling!)

Boyish frames should look for pieces with ultra-feminine frills, like ruffles, lace or eyelet fabrics to play up your girly side.

Kish Gauzes romper, above left, $44

If you’re Hourglass or Triangle, minimize hips with an embellished kaftan.

A wide boat neckline reveals a sliver of your sexy shoulders and décolletage. With the embellishments on top, all eyes are drawn upwards and away from a curvier bottom half.

Go for a flared style that skims over (not hugs) your thighs—one that falls gently away from the body without adding extra bulk. A floaty, silky fabric in a watercolor-washed print also helps create a slimming optical illusion. Trust me, no one will notice your bottom half in this gorgeous Swarovski-crystal encrusted kaftan.

Camilla Safari Tiger lace-up caftan, above right, $565

If you’re a Circle, slim your middle with an open, waist-tie kaftan.

Courtesy of Everything But Water.

Here’s the trick to creating the illusion of a tiny waist: Go for open-fronted, loosely-tied kaftans. Side gathered, waist-cinching styles help hint at a natural waistline. You can also slip on coverups with a deep V neckline, which points down towards the center of your body, drawing attention away from the sides.

Jantzen waist-tie cover up cardigan, at right, $54

If you’re Hourglass or Inverted Triangle, downplay a fuller top half with a V-neck shift dress coverup.

It’s all about balancing your top half. Deep V-necks allow for just enough beach-bronzed skin to show. Don’t go for high necklines, as they’ll over-emphasize your bust, and look for styles with longer length or bell-shape sleeves, to naturally draw the eye outwards, bringing a beautiful balance and proportion to your body.  Flared styles or fluted hemlines downplay a fuller bust.

Melissa Odabash's Laura coverup, bottom left, $190 

A cover-up that’s flattering on all figures

Want to look sensational in an instant? Try a printed sarong that’s so right for any and all body shapes. With sarongs and pareos, you can tie or twist them any way you please. I always cinch them just at the top of the hipline to create a trimmer waist. Also, tie them slightly off-center—an insider style secret to create the illusion of a skinnier torso.

Gottex Riley pareo, bottom right, $168

Courtesy of Melissa Odabash and Gottex.
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