8 Under $20: Beach Cover-Ups

The beach has been calling my name lately.  Seriously, I think I heard it.  But I’m having a slight issue… all of my beach cover-ups are worn and tired. And one cuts off the circulation to my boobs. Seriously.

Anyways, I use and abuse them because they are my most comfortable items of clothing (breathable, and perfect for a day dedicated to drinking beers and beaching it out), but now they’re way past their prime and I have nothing to wear with my bikinis and high heels. Just kidding. I mean, who wears high heels to the beach?

Since money is tight for us post-grad and for all you full time studentd saving money this summer for booze next year paying those loans, it’s not so easy to find that perfect summer cover-up. But don’t settle for the ol’ wife beater and running shorts combo. We have the eight, easy and cheap solutions for you. So stop worrying about your bank account and start relaxing on the beach. Those loans will still be there come fall, but the perfectly sunny summer days will not:

I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again; stripes are in. This dress looks so comfortable and would match perfectly with those brand new pair of Havaianas you’ve been waiting to slip on for some quality beach time.

Walmart is really doing some good things these days, including selling this number for $12.00. My closet it hungry for something like this – breezy, bright and casual. Perfect with a pair of wedges for a day at the beach and lathering on sunscreen.

This girl-next-store dress would look adorable with a chunky pair of wedges or a bright head-scarf. It’s modest, cool and slimming thanks to the array of buttons down the center. It could be worn at the beach, but could also be easily transformed into a summer-bar-outfit with some gaudy jewelery and a jean jacket.

Lately, I’ve been warming up to the romper. I know, I know – it’s a hard thing to love and an even harder thing to pull off. But just look at this incredibly playful and vintage cover-up.  It comes in pastel green and blue and would look great paired with a sun-kissed glow and a fedora.

This black and simple cover up would look great paired with some chunky colorful jewelry.  At its sweet price of $12.00, it’s irresistible to pass up.  The deep neck line can show off your colorful swimsuit and with an adjustable waist, this can be easily tossed on and off.

I love the color purple because it looks fabulous with dark and light colored hair tones.  The best thing about this cover-up? It has two pockets. I love the casual and laid-back attitude of a dress with pockets. And I especially love that I can throw my cash and cellphone in there when I make an ice cream run mid-day.

Paired with some casual jean shorts, this shirt is to die for. The smocked waste makes the top look delicate and soft. I love the floral detail and lace swoop-neck.  And it’s another perfect transformer for evening – leather jacket and jeggings? Yes, please.

Last but not least, this jersey knit gray tube dress looks like pure comfort. Also sporting two side hand pockets, I can see myself wearing this over and over again. This would look great with some black sandals and a beach tote. Casual, light, summery…. I’m in love.

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