Beach season is upon us, and while we’re all going to be investing in a great swimsuit for the sunny season, investing in a cover-up is just as important! Not only are cover-ups a must-have trendy summer item but they’re also the best way to protect your skin from the harsh rays and keep warm when the wind decides to ruin a perfectly good beach day. That’s right ladies, it’s time to meet the kaftan and cover-up – a tunic-style dress that makes for the perfect beach or poolside outfit. Simply throw it on top of your favourite swimsuit, pair it with stylish flats and you’ve got an effortlessly chic day outfit that will allow you to go from the beach to the cocktail bar with ease. If you’re not sure which kaftans and cover-ups to choose this summer then check out our list of 5 must-have kaftans and cover-ups that will have you beaching in style. 

Day-to-night glam!

One of the best things about Kaftans is they’re one-size-fits-all and super flattering on all shapes. These versatile cover-ups can also work wonders on holiday, as they can take you from day to night with ease. Just add some cute jewellery and high heels and you’re good to go.

Maryam Kaftan

We love this King Of Swing, Maryam Kaftan with tassel detail from Lalesso (R1 800 from This short, easy-to-slip-on round-neck kaftan with 3/4 sleeves looks absolutely fabulous when paired with a pair of denim shorts and flip-flops or skinny jeans and high-heels. Made from chiffon and ethically made in Kenya, this kaftan feels like a dream against your skin. The beautiful African print material will make sure you really stand out in a crowd.

Girls just wanna have fun!

While kaftans used to make you think of your gran’s dull beach cover-ups, these days they’re all about having fun. These days Kaftans are more exciting, wearable fashion pieces that can easily be worn on poolside or in a restaurant at night. They are super versatile and whether you are lounging by the pool, grabbing a bite to eat or heading to the bar, you can feel comfortable and still look stunning! For some serious glam factor, day or night, opt for a full-length or longer-length kaftan paired with a pair of sparkly flats or high heels.

Lalesso Zawadi cover up realm

We love the Realm Zawadi Coverup from Lalesso (R1 800 from This longer-length, 3/4 sleeve silk and chiffon blend cover-up with front tie detail is one-size-fits-all and a winner of note. Wear it open over swimwear or closed as a dress for lunch after a day at the beach.

The long and short of it!

If you’re looking for a little extra coverage in the back then try a ‘mullet’ style kaftan. It’s business in the front and party in the back and looks great when paired with short-shorts and flats or with skinny jeans.

Lalesso kaftanWe love the King of Swing Uwazi Coverup from Lalesso (R1 500 from This one-size-fits-all chiffon kaftan, with short sleeves is perfect for the beach or pool and for a night out on the town. Dress it up with high heels and jeans and you’ll be the talk of the town.

Get beautifully waisted!

For an ultra flattering look opt for a kaftan that has a belt or tie that cinches at the waist. It will give you the perfect hourglass figure while still allowing you to achieve an effortlessly chic boho look.

Lalesso cover-ups

We love this King of Swing Zawadi Coverup from Lalesso (R1 800 from The longer-length, 3/4 sleeve, silk and chiffon blend cover-up has a front tie detail and can be worn open over swimwear or closed as a dress for lunch after a day at the beach. It’s also the perfect companion for travelers who are trying to save space in their suitcase – kaftans are the perfect versatile fashion pieces and can be used in a multitude of ways.

Take it to the max!

Maxi dresses are also all the rage this summer so why not combine the two? Opt for a longer-length kaftan and you’ll get maxi dress look while embracing your inner boho chick.


We love the Flora Zawadi Cover-up (R1 800 from With 3/4 sleeves and front tie detail this versatile cover-up can be worn over a swimsuit by the pool or as a dress for lunch or even dinner. Pair it with a pair of high heel wedges at the beach bar or sparkle it up with accessories and block heels a comfy but glamourous look.

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