Stylish Swimsuits and Cover Ups For Summer

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Navy Sleeveless Unisuit

Sleeveless Unisuit from the Alicia Wood Lifestyle Essentials Collection with Cabana Life with the Alicia Earrings and Alicia Necklace

With summer here, my family is really enjoying the pool in our backyard or being out at the lake! I’ve been living in swimsuits and cover ups so far. Finding a great swimsuit that you feel confident in and fits well can be hard, even more so when shopping online. That’s why I’ve curated a boutique of my favorite stylish swimsuits and cover ups for summer!

White Sleeveless Terry Tunic Dress / Alicia Earrings / Alicia Necklace / Sandals / Straw Tote

woman in striped dress standing next to a poolNew Striped Tunic from Cabana Life / Similar Tote Bag / Similar Sandals / Sunglasses

Navy Long Sleeved Terry Tunic / Wedge Espadrilles / White Staud Bag

Color Blocked Bikini / Bottoms / Kimono Cover Up from What I Wore in Punta Mita in January

My Go-To Brand: Cabana Life
I’ve shared my love of Cabana Life here, here & most recently here with the debut of the AWL x Cabana Life Essentials Collection. I love that each piece of theirs features 50+ UV protection & blocks 98% of UVA & UVB rays. This means that you only have to apply sunscreen to the parts that aren’t covered by the fabric!

I live in their Terry Tunics during the summer. This one is part of my collection with them! From wearing it to entertain poolside as seen here to running errands, I highly recommend it in both the sleeveless and long sleeved versions.  They easily go from pool to dinner.  Right now, you can use the code SUMMER for 20% off your full-priced dresses & cover ups through June 16th!

As for their swimsuits, I love the Navy Sleeveless Unisuit from my collection along with any of their bikinis. This suit is universally flattering and makes you feel so confident!  The gold zipper detail adds a touch of glam and gives it a “Bond Girl” vibe.  The black version is next on my list!  I own several of their bikinis like this one & this one. When I showed this one above Instagram stories at the lake last week I got so many requests for the link!  You can also pair it with their navy high waisted bottoms shown in the collage for a bit more coverage.  I love the way they fit, too! All are high quality & will be in your collection for summers to come.

New Suit To Try: Summersalt Sidestroke One-Piece
You’ve probably seen the famous, universally flattering Sidestroke swimsuit from Summersalt at some point! Their best-selling suit has thousands of 5-star reviews, available in 10+ colors, and is only $95. One thing that I found neat is that they took over 1.5 million body measurements from 10,000 women to develop the perfect fit! They also offer a variety of other swim & cover ups you can shop here.  I just ordered one and can’t wait to try it on!

Navy One Piece Bandeau Swimsuit / Lip Gloss The BEST Sunscreen

Best Classic Suit: Navy Bandeau One-Piece
When Draper James collaborated with Helen Jon last year, I featured this suit, and it quickly became a reader favorite! It has a slimming effect, removable halter strap, and ruching along the sides. Plus, I love the classic navy color because it goes with most cover ups! You can see me wearing it here.  It also comes in other colors.

Best Swimsuit Assortment: Nordstrom, Everything But Water & Amazon
If you prefer shopping from a wide range of brands that have swim & cover up options, I would suggest Nordstrom, Everything But Water, or Amazon! You can shop some of my top picks below in the boutique.

Trend To Try: One-Pieces
It’s so fun to see one-piece swimsuits trending big time this summer! There are so many chic, flattering options out there this season. This one is very similar to one I currently own! I’m also loving this one and this one.

woman in white dress standing on beachHigh Low Coverup / Batik Printed Bikini Swimsuit / Bag / Sunglasses from What I Wore at the JW Marriott Los Cabos in early March

Shopping Tip: Many brands are offering easy, free returns and have extended their return policies due to the Coronavirus.

Shop more of my favorites in the boutique below!  I’d love to know yours!

Whether you prefer lounging poolside with a good read or splashing around with the kids, don’t forget to check out this post on the best clean sunscreens for the summer. You can also see my favorite clean beauty picks for summer here as well!

Yesterday, we arrived last night at Big Cedar Lodge in Missouri near Kanakuk Kamp to pick up my youngest after two weeks at camp.  I can’t wait to see her and hear about all the fun she’s had and time she’s spent learning about Jesus and loving others.  It will help us to share what we’ve been learning as well!  I”m sharing our stay at Big Cedar on Instagram so be sure to follow long.  It is beautiful here!  Lot’s of space to spread out so I’m not nervous about traveling here anymore as I mentioned yesterday.



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Meet Alicia is a lifestyle destination for everyday living written by Alicia Wood. Alicia's goal is create a timeless, fresh way to approach fashion, entertaining, beauty, design and travel.

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Meet Alicia is a lifestyle destination for everyday living written by Alicia Wood. Alicia's goal is create a timeless, fresh way to approach fashion, entertaining, beauty, design and travel.

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