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The best beach cover-ups and kaftans

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You've got your bikini, found a flattering swimsuit, but what to wear to take you from the beach to lunch, or hotel to poolside? A handy beach cover-up that's as stylish as your swimwear, of course. From kaftans to playsuits, shirt dresses to maxis, we've hand-picked the best beach clothing for you to pack in your suitcase.

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    Ted Baker's rainbow stripe kaftan has a glamorous seventies vibe, and has a waist-tie for a more pulled together look.

    £45, shop/women's/swimwear/ tedbaker.com

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    If Angela Chase from My So Called Life ever hit the beach, we think she'd wear this 90s playsuit over her cossie.

    £35, missselfridge.com

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    With tropical prints all over the catwalks, Matthew Williamson's jumpsuit is bang on trend. Styled with bright accessories and heels, it'll also take you from the beach to the bar.

    £297, matchesfashion.com

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    This Mara Hoffman kimono-style kaftan will look great draped over a printed bikini or swimsuit - like this strapless number.

    £375, net-a-porter.com

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    A gorgeous silk kaftan that doubles as an evening dress when you wear a slip dress underneath.

    £75, foxandrose.com

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    Throw on this trapeze style Aztec print dress over a bikini for a fuss free and comfortable cover-up.

    £7.99 hm.com

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    A 1920s style drop-waisted dress that will look chic paired with gold or silver flat sandals.

    £25, asos.com

  • Best beach cover-ups

    Miss Bikini's multi-coloured print tank dress will look great with sportier swimwear.

    £219, beachflamingo.com

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    Work the tribal trend with DVF's bold monochrome print kaftan.

    £112, my-wardrobe.com

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    A flattering jersey jumpsuit in this season's biggest print, paisley is a quick way to look pulled together by the pool.

    £115, ingenuelondon.com

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    A longer take on the kaftan from Elizabeth Hurley Beach.

    £375, harrods.com

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    This retro print pareo from Tallulah and Hope can be worn in a multitude of ways.

    £185, selfridges.com

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    This free-flowing kaftan is effortlessly chic. Team with a pair of flat leather sandals for a bohemian look.

    £180, matchesfashion.com

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    A cute take on the sarong, this Gottex beach skirt will look stylish over a one piece.

    £135, harrods.com

  • Best beach cover-ups

    We love the relaxed off-the-shoulder style of this French Connection smock dress

    £46.99, surfdome.com

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    Who says cover-ups have to be kaftans and smock tops? This zig zag print shirt dress from Warehouse is perfect for the pool.

    £30, warehouse.co.uk

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    With a slightly flared skirt, this simple stripe maxi dress is surprisingly flattering and won't crease up in your beach bag.

    £15, izabellondon.com

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    A fringed tie-die t-shirt that's perfect for throwing on over a bikini.

    £132, london-boutiques.com

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    With its bright patchwork print, Pacha's jumpsuit wouldn't look out of place on a Balearic beach.

    £35, riverisland.com

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    A fruity kaftan that matches this lemon print bikini perfectly.

    £16.99, newlook.com

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    Tommy Hilfiger's preppy nautical kaftan was made for a New England beach break.

    £69.99, surfdome.com

  • Best beach cover-ups

    A gorgeous chiffon beach dress in shocking cerise.

    £180, foxandrose.com

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    Never Fully Dressed do a nice line in stylish chiffon shirts and dresses. We'd take this animal print one to the beach.

    £49, neverfullydressed.co.uk

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    Slightly sheer and with this season's (unfortunately named) mullet hem, this paint splash dress is on our holiday wish list.

    £28, topshop.com

  • Best beach cover-ups

    A comfortable, sporty play suit from surfer girl brand Roxy.

    £49.95, tikisurf.co.uk

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