42 Crazy-Chic Summer Dresses That Double as Swimsuit Cover-Ups
If there's one thing I covet more than a stylish Summer dress, it's one that can work double duty. Yes, I'm crazy about smart Summer work dresses, affordable wedding guest dresses, and playfully printed dresses to wear everywhere from the office to Sunday brunch. But it's those do-it-all silhouettes I seek out the most for Summer, particularly dresses that can double as a swimsuit cover-up.
Whether you're packing a few holiday outfits centreed around Instagrammable dresses or putting together a look for a water-adjacent activity like a beach day, pool party, or sailing adventure, a dress that can function for more than one outfit can really streamline the process. Think about it: when you're trying to save room in your suitcase, ditching single-use items like a swimsuit cover-up makes sense if you can pack two or three dresses that can work over a bikini as well as they do with sandals and a straw bag for sightseeing and dinner. Also, if you're packing a day bag with a change of clothes, it's a heck of a lot easier if the main piece — a chic Summer dress — is already on your body. That way, all you need is a few extra accessories to transition your look between activities. I'm also all about making a swimsuit a part of your outfit, and a Summer dress is the easiest way to do so.
Whether you're obsessed with minidresses, live for a midi dress like me, or can't get enough of maxis, read on for my edit of chic Summer dresses that can double as a swimsuit cover-up, starting at just $40.