Let's be honest. The cover-up has joined the ranks of the funeral dress. Everyone needs one, but few of us have a nice one that makes us feel stylish.
We usually find in closets some old stained excuse for a dress that its owner doesn't mind wearing to the pool or beach because it might get sandy or dirty. But it's usually already in a pretty sad state. It just takes a little effort to find a great cover-up that doesn't cost a fortune, that will flatter your figure and allow you to do what you need to do. Ok, maybe a medium amount of effort, but it can be done.
Actually, I have you covered (ha) inside the Style Vault this month. There is an entire bonus Spring Edition devoted to swimsuits and cover-ups for every age, size and shape. And I included pool shoes, sunglasses, beach bags, towels, the whole nine yards. Even a waterproof phone case. You can get inside the Vault and shop to your heart's content by clicking here.
I'm really pleading with you to do something about your pool uniform and cover-ups this spring and summer. It's time.
You're not a camp counselor anymore who can get away with gym shorts and a tee. Nor are you allowed to wear that old stained muumuu of a dress that is pilled and, like the broken dishes that get relegated to the lake house, these stained cast-offs become your cover-ups. Not after today. You'll feel terrible about that decision when you see why you need a proper cover-up and how fab it can make you feel.
Here's why you have no excuse: walk into your husband's closet (and you single dolls, hold your horses), find the white shirt you wish he never wore because it's getting a bit dogeared, give it a good wash, now wear it over your swimsuit. I, being single, marched myself down to the Good Will a few years ago and bought me a man's white dress shirt, a really soft one, for $4.99. Sometimes I'll even sleep in it.
Here's what you want in a cover-up. First it must actually provide coverage.
The whole point of wearing a cover-up is to shield your almost naked body from the environments that aren't natural to wear a swimsuit in, like a poolside cafe where there is food, or the parking lot you have to walk through, or the hallways of the club, on the way to the bathrooms, or at the gas station or grocery store on the way to or on the way home. Or how about when you're chasing kids and really don't want to worry about hiking up your suit every time you have to run to the water or quickly pick up a toy, a child or their sandwich.
A good cover-up also makes an excellent sunscreen when walking on the beach. If you are sensitive to the sun, I have provided some great rash guard options inside the Swimsuit & Cover-Up Style Vault.
Second, your cover-up can be another way to present your stylish self if you don't like being in a swimsuit in front of everyone. It's your armor that still looks like you're actually at the pool and not mowing the lawn or cleaning house. Cause that's what your shorts and tee look like.
Does your cover-up have to match your swimsuit? No, but it does need to relate.
So now what are you supposed to do with the old stained knits you were planning to wear this summer? TOSS THEM. They are considered house-cleaning clothes. They do not see the light of day.
Interested in what my favorite swimsuits and cover-ups are this spring, and where you can get them? Lucky Style Vault Insiders have been shopping them this March, and you can too. I mentioned I devoted an entire Spring Edition inside the Vault to just this, and there are savings in every category from the swimwear to the accessories we all need at the water.
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