As we head into the season of pool days and vacations by the sea, there’s one garment I can’t wait to live in. The beach is covered. After all, the best days are the ones that don’t require a bra or pants and when you add the promise of water and sunshine, well, it’s just perfection.
While shopping for a swimsuit can be a little stressful, finding the perfect swim cover up is almost too easy. They are fluid! They are comfortable! They don’t pinch or push and “cheeky” isn’t even an option. And while your schedule for the day may be light, the right styles can take you from the pool to alfresco dining or even on a stroll around the farmer’s market.
Related: 14 great places to buy matching swimsuits for the whole family
On the other hand, a beach blanket is a piece of clothing that is guaranteed to end up in a ball at the bottom of your beach bag. It will get wet and sandy and given the sieve-like performance of bath nappies, maybe even pee on it. (I’m just keeping it real, folks. Sorry.) While I can always find a good excuse to buy fancy things, I just can’t rationalize dropping a major coin on a blanket. And you know what? You are absolutely not obligated.
It turns out that Amazon is completely crushing in the cover-up category. From dressy crochet to bohemian-inspired tunics, they have tons of great styles that look a lot more expensive than they are. I’ve rounded up a selection of favorites and not a single one costs more than $30. But you don’t have to tell anyone when the compliments come in. They will never know.
Shop my favorite beach blankets from Amazon below!
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