The Cover Up: A Cheaper, Lighter Alternative to the Tunic

Lands End CanvasWe talked about this little secret of mine last summer, but since tunic tops and their various incarnations continue to be HUGE this season, it's worth repeating again.

Swimsuit cover-ups are some of my favorite summer outfits.

There are a few reasons why. They're generally cooler and lighter than tunic tops. They're usually WAY CHEAPER than regular tops by the same designer. Many of them can be worn either as a lightweight dress or as a long top over shorts, leggings, or jeans. And of course, they also work at the pool or the beach as a, you know, COVER-UP.

This cute floral print cover-up (Lands' End Canvas, $49.50), for example, would work equally well at the pool and at the grocery this summer. And the price is a lot better than other Lands' End Canvas dresses.

Want to see more cute, budget-friendly cover ups I love? Read on!




This pretty striped cover-up (Talbots, $69.50) is so cute as a cover-up or as a lightweight summer dress -- and it comes at a far better price than Talbots' other dresses!


FigleavesI love this cover-up (Figleaves, $52.50) as a date night dress option for summer. Great price for a double-duty piece!


White House Black MarketI'm totally, completely in love with this Dolman Striped-Waist Tunic (White House Black Market, $78) and I want, want, want it!


FigleavesCheck out this pretty print tunic (Figleaves, $31.20 on sale). Wear it over black shorts, a black mini, or crop pants and you've instantly got great, carefree summer style.


NordstromIn the summertime, I LIVE in dresses like this Make + Model Cover-Up (Nordstrom, $18.90 on sale). You KNOW if this were called a 'dress,' it would be twice the price! And FYI, it also comes in white.


Old NavyOld Navy has some fabulous, lightweight cover-ups like this one (Old Navy, $24.50 on sale) that would work great as tops.


Macy'sFinally, I LOVE this Kurta Tunic Cover Up by INC (Macy's, $74.99 on sale). I'd wear this just about anywhere.

The next time you go shopping, be sure to check the swimsuit racks for cover-ups that have gone on sale. They tend to be deeply discounted fairly quickly and you can find some great deals.

Would you wear a cover-up out and about?


Images (top to bottom): Lands' End Canvas, Talbots, Figleaves, White House Black Market, Figleaves, Nordstrom, Old Navy, Macy's

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