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How to cover up by the pool and still look hot

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Diane Von Furstenberg Iniko Printed Coverup
Lighten up a dark bathing suit with a bright, cheerful cover-up. ($94.32/Last Call) Photo courtesy of Last Call by Neiman Marcus
Tommy Bahama Stripe Sweater Cover-Up
The stripe trend rolls right into summer with this long, drapey design. Note: This could make pear body types appear wider. ($118/Nordstrom) Photo courtesy of Nordstrom
Free People Made My Day Maxi
The drawstring waist on this pretty maxi dress adds shape. ($88/Free People) Photo courtesy of Free People
Ann Taylor Classic Zig Zag Tie Front Swimsuit Cover Up
V-necks are flattering on hourglass shapes. The drawstring waist accentuates curves. ($88/Ann Taylor) Photo courtesy of Ann Taylor
victoria's secret tiered mini dress
This pretty high-low dress is as comfy as those old sweatpants — but so much more stylish. ($69.50/Victoria's Secret) Photo courtesy of Victoria's Secret
ViX Resort 2012 Congo Lina Caftan Swimsuit Cover Up
A leopard print adds a bit of sophistication to your poolside look. ($184/Bloomingdale's) Photo courtesy of Bloomingdale's
Lucky Brand Cover Up, Strapless Tie-Dye Romper
A romper is perfect for moms who need to bend over and pick up little ones a lot. ($72/Macy's) Photo courtesy of Macy's
Echo Exclusive, Solid, Beaded, Swimsuit, Cover Up, Tunic
A versatile tunic can even be worn after the sun goes down. ($115/Bloomingdale's) Photo courtesy of Bloomingdale's
Modcloth Sarah's Usher in the Fun Dress
Maxi dresses represent form and function. You can sit, crouch, run, lift and get in and out of the car without worrying about flashing anyone. ($49.99/Modcloth) Photo courtesy of Modcloth
Diane Von Furstenberg Iniko Printed Coverup
Tommy Bahama Stripe Sweater Cover-Up
Free People Made My Day Maxi
Ann Taylor Classic Zig Zag Tie Front Swimsuit Cover Up
victoria's secret tiered mini dress
ViX Resort 2012 Congo Lina Caftan Swimsuit Cover Up
Lucky Brand Cover Up, Strapless Tie-Dye Romper
Echo Exclusive, Solid, Beaded, Swimsuit, Cover Up, Tunic
Modcloth Sarah's Usher in the Fun Dress

Here we are again, on the cusp of bathing suit season. Thankfully, we have already offered advice for finding a stylish, flattering swimsuit that meets your mommy needs. Now it's time to begin the search for the perfect cover-up.

Depending on your taste, the age of your kids and your lifestyle, you may prefer a maxi dress over a tunic — although the advantage of both is you can wear them outside of the pool. You may also be partial to bright colors versus patterns.

No matter your preferences, we've rounded up some of the cutest, most fashionable swimsuit cover-ups around. Take a look to see which best fits your style — and your lifestyle.

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