Now that you've found that perfect swimsuit, it would be a shame to cover it with just any old thing.
The right accessory is the finishing touch for swimwear. And many of these summer essentials can do double duty as a cover-up for the pool and a stylish top, skirt or dress around town.
The Merona Georgete swim dress, with a drawstring waist and a sheer draped fit, is just $19.99 at Target and is available in a chic brown-and-white animal print, one of the biggest trends of the summer.
Another key piece this season is the maxi skirt. J. Crew offers its Arrowhead Ikat style ($75 at Jcrew.com), made of a light cotton fabric. A drawstring waist that sits on the hips means it's simple to slip over a bathing suit. For an easy summer outfit, the exotic block print would be a fresh accent worn with a bright tee and cool flat sandals.
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Tunics are one of the most versatile pieces of a warm-weather wardrobe. Wear them with skinny jeans or shorts or as a fashionable topper for swimwear. For something a little different, try a silhouette with a drop waist such as the W Swimwear tie-die style ($74 at Nordstrom.com). It comes in shades of black and white, spicy tangerine and pink, and emerald and blue.
Since the whole idea of wearing swimsuits this time of year is to enjoy the easy days of summer without a fuss, nothing beats a pareo or sarong — just tie it around the hips and go.
Echo Design, makers of fashionable scarves and home décor, has a wrap in a variety of fun patterns including a wavy neon stripe in bold pinks, blues and greens ($88 at Echodesign.com).