Dive into Swimwear – Finishing Your Look

Casual Attire

Fabulous cover-ups, shoes, and hats that will help complete your total look!

As a reminder, in Part 1 of this series, we discussed how looking “put together” in pieces that make you feel good about yourself inspires confidence. This, in turn, helps to ensure a fun and happy day, so as we continue with this theme, be sure to look for pieces that make your heart sing!

Today’s post focuses on coverups along with beach and pool accessories that include hats and sandals, all of which will work for swim-related activities and everyday summer casual looks. And if you need a reminder of the fabulous one- and two-piece swimsuits and bags we featured in part one of this series, click here.

All that said, let’s dive into Swim 2024, part 2. (Pun intended!)


Coverups contribute tremendously to feeling more “put together” when it comes to your swim looks. Of course, your look will depend on whether you’re heading to the beach or pool for a more relaxed day or a luxe resort, in which case you will want to put a more sophisticated foot forward—metaphorically and literally speaking!

As I often do, I’ve divided the shopping for this category into sections. The first section includes tunics, shirts, pants, and pareos. The second section includes short dresses, and the third features maxi dresses. You’ll find plenty of adorable and flattering treasures throughout.

Swim Accessories

As mentioned earlier, the swim accessories featured here, which include sandals and hats, each serve you chicly and beautifully for everyday casual all summer long—in addition to your swim moments. I love finding versatile pieces that maximize your purchase, and I’m happy to say that everything included in these three categories accomplishes that goal!

You will see rubber slides, leather thongs, and espadrilles in the sandals category. They will all go anywhere and be adorable with much of what you already have in your closet.

Hats include everything from bucket to wide-brim styles and lots in between. They are each so yummy and chic you may want more than one of them as the hot months approach.

And don’t forget the bags we featured in part one of this series. Each one is a mind-blowing treasure. If you haven’t acted on a bag purchase yet and need a refresher on what we found for you, click here.  You’ll see such incredible shapes and materials, from canvas to raffia. Wow, wow, and wow, some more!

How to Style Pareos, Short Dresses, and Maxi Dresses


This is one of my favorite types of coverup. You can wear it alone with your swimsuit, whether a one-piece or a bikini, or cover up your swimsuit with a white racerback tank top or a white T-shirt. Using a square knot, you will want to tie your pareo in a V shape at your hips. One last thing to note: be sure to buy cotton pareos instead of those made of silk or synthetic materials. In my opinion, these fabrics don’t convey beach attire. Furthermore, synthetic fabrics are generally less expensive to manufacture, and they tend to look flimsy and cheap. And silk is not only inappropriate in terms of how it’s used in swim situations, but it’s also too delicate to survive sun, sand, water, and chlorine.

This is the only coverup with instructions, I promise. All the others are self-explanatory, lol!

Short Dresses:

This style is my favorite—along with the pareos—as the flowy ease of these dresses speaks to my soul. I have a more straight-up-and-down figure, so I love the relaxed forgiveness of this style of swim coverup. I pair this shorter dress style with my black patent flip-flops, and off I go, happily and confidently. It’s as simple as that!

Maxi Dresses:

While this category may not be my personal favorite, maxi dresses are massively popular. The styles you will see in this section are fabulously fun, fresh, and chic, not to mention another easy way to style your swim look. I think you will be possessed by what you see!

Beach and Pool Shoes and Hats

The adorable shoes and hats I’ve shopped will serve you endlessly through Spring and Summer for all your casual looks. Versatility is key to maximizing the fun of owning these treasures.

The ever-necessary and look-popping hats not only make a fabulous statement but serve an important purpose and range from wide-brim sun hats to baseball caps. 

And for shoes, you will see flip flops, slides and espadrilles along with a few flat ankle-strap sandals that are look-poppers for the yummy coverups shown.

Cover-ups: Shirts, Pants & Pareos

Cover-ups: Short Dresses

Cover-ups: Maxi Dresses

Finishing Touches: Shoes and Hats

Summing it All Up

Now, you have everything you need to create your perfect swim looks. There are some fabulous finds, for sure! Be sure to take some time to think about the looks that resonate with you and make your heart sing. Trust me, doing so will pay you back in spades in terms of confidence, fun, and happiness.

And don’t forget to reference Part 1 of this series for swimsuits and bags when planning your looks. 

Happy swimming this season, wherever you end up!

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