14/08/2014 12:46 BST | Updated 20/05/2015 06:12 BST

Beachwear: 9 Stylish Cover-Ups To Keep Your Cool This Summer

Whether you've booked up a beach holiday or you're holding out on all this gorgeous sunshine we're having right now, a stylish cover up is key to staying safe in the sun.

Those all about soaking up the rays need more than a good sun cream to avoid a burn situation, so shopping for a fabulous kimono or kaftan is a must.

The summer collections on the high street are full of looks that will work over your wet gear, with the kooky sandals and statement shades - plus they'll tuck nicely into your beach bag.

Topshop's silk palm tree print kimono dress by Boutique (£130) is a good fit for the trend-setting among us, while Net-a-Porter's semi-sheer white muslin and peach embroidered kaftan (£210) is how to do understated luxe.

Savvy shoppers should browse through the rails at River Island, Mango, New Look and H&M for affordable options that are just as worthy to wear when it's scorching hot outside.

Think about your whole look too - if you've opted for a plain coloured bikini or one-piece, go for a punchy print cover up. If not, then think about opting for sheer, crochet, silk or linen.

Vertical stripes are always a winner, and florals are a huge trend this summer.

Take a look through this shopping guide for some chic beachwear to cover up in this summer.

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