Whether you’re on a babymoon for one last kid-free jaunt before you become a mom, or you’re waddling after little ones at an all-inclusive resort, you want to look fabulous at the beach or pool. The right maternity swim cover up is easy and breezy, lightweight and flowy, and one that ideally can be worn all the way through your pregnancy. These are our picks for the best maternity beach cover ups.
1. Beachcoco Women’s Maternity Comfortable Maxi Tube Dress
If you’re a fan of long dresses that drape your changing bod in flattering ways, pick up the Beachcoco Women’s Maternity Comfortable Maxi Tube Dress. Available in 40-plus colors—including solids, tropical floral prints and two-tone fabrics—this lightweight tube top maxi dress features a strapless elastic bodice and elastic waist for your expanding baby bump. The comfy rayon material is opaque so it can take you from a leisurely stroll along the shore to an upscale eatery for brunch. Bonus: This dress is affordable enough to buy in several colors, and it can be worn throughout your pregnancy and afterwards, too.
2. Seraphine Maternity Kaftan
Made of soft, sheer woven viscose with lace trim, Seraphine’s Maternity Kaftan will make you feel like a yummy mummy. Available in black or ivory, this flirty, feminine dress hits above the knee and features an elasticized empire waist, a button-down V-neck front, three-quarter sleeves and a sexy open keyhole back—the perfect light cover up for a babymoon. Tip: Layer it over maternity shorts and a cami for a gorgeous beachy look when sightseeing or shopping.
3. Motherhood Maternity Caftan
If you prefer clothes that do double-duty on vacation, you’ll love Motherhood’s Maternity Caftan, which can also be worn as a light bathrobe in your hotel room or cruise cabin. Available in black, this rayon and spandex cover up features a v-neckline edged with pretty white lace trim. Flattering for all body shapes, this airy, quick-drying dress has wide sleeves and hits mid-thigh.
4. Women’s Apt. 9 Jumpsuit Cover Up
Instead of a long dress, pack this Women’s Apt. 9 Jumpsuit Cover Up from Kohl’s into your bag for a versatile option that can take you from the pool to a swanky dinner. Just pair it with glittery sandals or a statement necklace. Available in sizes small to XXL, this black rayon jumpsuit features halter-style spaghetti straps and a scoop neck. Bonus: This cover up has two pockets, so you can stash away your smartphone or a bottle of water during a long walk on the beach.
5. Curvy Swimwear’s White Cotton Kaftan
For a fresh, feminine boho-chic look, pull the Curvy Swimwear’s White Cotton Kaftan over your maternity swimsuit. Made of 100 percent cotton and featuring slimming vertical stripes, bat wing sleeves and a fun pom-pom trim, this one-size-fits-all white cover up is ideal on scorching hot days. Whether you’re poolside or at the park, this is a great basic piece that goes with everything in your beach wardrobe.
6. Mermaid Maternity Women’s Long Sleeve Rash Guard Swim Shirt
If you don’t feel like wearing a dress, but still need protection from the sun, you’ll love the Mermaid Maternity Women’s Long Sleeve Rash Guard Swim Shirt. Made of fast-drying SPF50+ Lycra, this swim shirt is also resistant to chlorine, so it won’t fade to a tired gray after just a few wearings. The drawstring hem lets you adjust and secure the fit—no more fabric floating up over your chest when you’re in the water! Designed to be worn over a bikini top or sports bra, this rash guard is ideal for active moms-to-be who enjoy swimming and other water sports. Pro tip: If you prefer a fitted look, order your pre-pregnancy size, and if you want a looser fit, opt for one size up.
7. Ingear Maternity Beach Cotton Tank Dress Cover Up
There’s nothing more perfect for your beach style than a long shift dress, and the Ingear Maternity Beach Cotton Tank Dress Cover Up offers a simple, stylish look that works for cruise ships, boardwalk strolls and poolside cocktail parties. The poly-cotton fabric offers a bit of stretch that will take you through all stages of your pregnancy and beyond, and with 10 floral prints and solids, this super affordable tank dress will be your go-to vacation staple.
8. ASOS DESIGN Maternity Grecian Plunge Maxi Woven Beach
Want to feel ultra-glam under the sun? Slip on the ASOS DESIGN Maternity Grecian Plunge Maxi Woven Beach dress and wait for heads to turn. A deep plunging neckline, high split sides and open back combine to hug your curves in all the right places. An elasticized empire waist means you can wear it before, during and after your pregnancy, making this black stunner a solid buy.
9. Side Ruched Super Soft Bodycon Maternity Dress
For super humid days, you’ll want a cover up that is lightweight and super thin. The sleeveless Side Ruched Super Soft Bodycon Maternity Dress—available in nautical blue stripes or solid black—doubles as a casual tank dress for a spot of shopping or an afternoon at an outdoor festival. Featuring a scoop neck and practical knee length, this comfy dress is form-fitting and flattering, too.
10. Cover-Up Maxi Dress
When you’re short on luggage space, a dress that can take you from buffet breakfast to beach lounging to a night watching fireworks is a must-pack for your tropical vacation. This Cover-Up Maxi Dress—available in chic black, icy blue and bright coral at Nordstrom—is made of billowy rayon fabric with a halter-tie neck, built-in shelf bra and deep back. Pair it with gladiator sandals and a pretty necklace and you’re set for the day (or night).
Montreal-based Wendy Helfenbaum is a journalist, content strategist and TV producer who writes for dozens of digital and print magazines, as well as many brands. Wendy loves cruising, adventure travel and venturing off the beaten path with her husband and teenage son, and she can pack a carry-on bag like nobody’s business. Follow her @WendyHelfenbaum.