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The Perfect Beach Cover-Up for Every Body Type: Style Tips and Trends for Summer 2024

With summer just around the corner, it's time to think about how to stay cool and look fabulous with the perfect beach cover-up. Whether you’re lounging poolside or strolling along the beach, the right cover-up can really enhance your look and boost your confidence. But where do you start? Right here, with us, as we explore some stylish and flattering options tailored to fit every body type beautifully.

Your Body Type

Before we dive into styles, let's chat about body types. Knowing your body shape can make all the difference in finding a cover-up that fits and flatters just right. Here’s a quick guide:


You have balanced proportions with a defined waist. You’re lucky to have a natural symmetry that can be highlighted with just about any style, but cinched waists will really show off your shape.


Your hips are wider than your shoulders, a classic shape that shines when you add volume on top. Opt for cover-ups that have ruffles or bold prints at the shoulders to create a balanced look.


With a broader middle, you will look amazing in styles that flow and skim the body. Think kaftans or A-line dresses that enhance comfort and style.


Your silhouette is fairly straight, so creating a sense of curves is key. Play around with belts or choose cover-ups with built-in shape to define your waist.

Inverted Triangle

You have broader shoulders and narrower hips. Balancing your silhouette can be as simple as choosing a cover-up that flares at the bottom or has eye-catching details like ruffles or layers around the hips.

Choosing a cover-up isn’t just about covering up—it’s about uncovering your style and feeling great in your skin. Next, we’ll go through some fantastic options that not only complement your body type but also put a little fun into function. Let's make this a summer to remember with fashion that fits and flatters!

How to Identify Your Body Type

1. Measure Yourself

Grab a measuring tape. You'll want to measure three key areas: your shoulders, waist, and hips.

  • Shoulders: Measure around the widest part of your shoulders.
  • Waist: Measure around the smallest part of your waist, not where your pants sit.
  • Hips: Measure around the widest part of your hips.
2. Analyse Your Measurements
  • Hourglass: Your shoulders and hips are roughly the same size, and your waist is significantly narrower.
  • Pear (Triangle): Your hips are wider than your shoulders.
  • Apple (Round): Your waist measurement is larger than your hips and shoulders.
  • Rectangle (Straight): Your shoulders, waist, and hips are about the same width.
  • Inverted Triangle: Your shoulders are wider than your hips.
3. Look In The Mirror
  • Stand in front of a full-length mirror in well-fitting clothing or undergarments and assess your silhouette. This visual inspection can help confirm what the measurements suggest.
4. Consider How Clothes Fit You
  • Think about how clothes typically fit you. For example, if you often find that tops fit snugly but pants are too loose, you may have an inverted triangle body type.
  • Note which areas are usually more challenging when fitting into clothes—this can also give clues about your body shape.
5. Consider Your Favourite Outfits
  • Consider what styles and cuts of clothing make you feel your best. These pieces likely complement your natural body type well.
6. Consult Online Tools

There are many free online calculators where you input your measurements to find out your body type. These can be a quick and easy way to get an answer without much hassle.

For the Hourglass Figure

This white lace kaftan is a dream for anyone with an hourglass figure. The cinched waist emphasizes your narrow midsection, highlighting the balance between your shoulders and hips—essentially celebrating your natural curves. The wide sleeves add a touch of elegance, making it both a practical and stylish choice for beach outings.

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For the Pear Shape

This tunic is fantastic for pear shapes. The embellished V-neck draws attention upward, focusing the eyes towards the neckline and balancing out the wider hips. The A-line cut of the tunic does not cling to the hips, allowing for a flattering drape that complements your lower body beautifully.

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For the Apple Shape

Apple shapes will adore this pink zig-zag print maxi cover-up. The vertical patterns and flowy fabric help elongate your figure while the tassel trim adds a playful touch without adding bulk around the midsection. This cover-up offers a breezy fit that’s perfect for staying comfortable and stylish.

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Fuchsia Maxi Dress with Tropical Abstract Print and Ruffle Detail

For the Rectangle Shape

Rectangle shapes will benefit from this fuchsia maxi dress. The ruffle details and vibrant prints add dimension and the illusion of curves, which can be quite flattering for more straight-lined figures. It's a great way to add some flair and volume, creating a more defined waistline.

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Black and White Zebra Print Maxi Dress with Adjustable Straps

For the Inverted Triangle

This zebra print maxi dress is ideal for those with an inverted triangle shape. The adjustable straps allow for a comfortable fit on the shoulders, while the flowy A-line skirt adds volume to the hips, balancing out broader shoulders. The print itself is a bold statement that distracts from the shoulder width, offering a harmonious silhouette.

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Styling Tips for Each Body Type: Accessorizing Your Beachwear

Accessorizing is the key to elevating any outfit, and beachwear is no exception. The right accessories can enhance your look, add functionality, and even balance your proportions. Here’s how to choose accessories like hats, sunglasses, and sandals that complement beachwear for different body types:

For the Hourglass Figure
  • Hats: Wide-brim hats not only provide sun protection but also complement the balanced proportions of the hourglass figure. Choose a hat with a bit of structure to maintain a sophisticated look.
  • Sunglasses: Opt for classic shapes like cat-eye or round frames that mirror the hourglass’s natural symmetry.
  • Sandals: Strappy sandals with heels can accentuate your legs, making the most of your natural curves.
For the Pear Shape
  • Hats: Hats with a broad brim and dramatic details can help balance broader hips by drawing attention upward.
  • Sunglasses: Bold sunglasses with embellishments or interesting shapes on the upper frame add width to the upper part of your face, balancing your silhouette.
  • Sandals: Choose brighter colors or embellished sandals to draw the eye downward and balance your shape.
For the Apple Shape
  • Hats: Opt for soft, floppy hats that provide shade and add a relaxed, stylish touch without overwhelming your frame.
  • Sunglasses: Oversized sunglasses work well by proportionately enhancing your features while providing ample sun protection.
  • Sandals: Flat, elegant sandals with minimalistic designs ensure comfort and style without adding bulk.
For the Rectangle Shape
  • Hats: Choose hats with curves, such as floppy styles or those with a rounded crown, to add softness to your angular features.
  • Sunglasses: Decorative or rounded sunglasses can soften your lines and add a touch of femininity.
  • Sandals: Sandals with curves and details like bows or flowers can introduce some curves to your outfit.
For the Inverted Triangle Figure
  • Hats: Hats that are wider at the brim than at the crown can help balance broader shoulders.
  • Sunglasses: Styles that have wider frames at the bottom than the top can help draw attention downwards.
  • Sandals: Heavier, chunkier sandals or those with embellishments can add weight to your lower half, balancing out wider shoulders.

By selecting the right accessories, you can not only enhance your beach look but also flatter your body type effectively. Remember, the goal with accessories is to complement your outfit and make your beach day both stylish and comfortable.

Now it's your turn to experiment with these tips. Mix and match different styles and accessories to discover what suits you best. Don’t shy away from trying something new, you might just find a new favourite!

Ready to hit the beach with confidence?

Dive into our collection and explore a range of beachwear options tailored to every body type. And when you find your perfect beach look, don’t keep it to yourself! Share your picks and experiences on social media using our hashtag #BeachStyleConfidence. We love seeing how our customers bring their beach style to life and inspire others to do the same. Let your style shine as bright as the summer sun!


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