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Stylish summer coverups that will take you from the city to the beach

Beach coverups reimagined.

While typical beach coverups such as kaftans and pareos look beautiful as you lounge away during your exotic beach escape, with everyone staying put in Hong Kong amid continuous travel bans, we suggest going for something more city-friendly as we hit the local waters this summer.

Think stylish, modern dresses or playsuits that you can easily pull on and off as you make your way to and from the beach, or even head straight back into the city for a drink afterwards looking your absolute best. What’s more, they can totally double up as part of your everyday wardrobe too! Like what we’re proposing? We’ve picked out a list of our favourites for you below, so start scrolling and happy shopping.


Zimmermann‘s ‘Empire’ playsuit is printed with green foliage that adds a gentle tropical vibe to your summer attire. It’s also crafted from breathable linen that is perfect for these boiling temperatures, and comes in a loose shape enhanced by effortless dropped shoulders and cinched waist tempered by adjustable drawstrings. Leave a few buttons undone to reveal your gorgeous swimwear underneath.

HK$4,330 from Net-A-Porter

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Handcrafted from cotton-poplin, this white ‘Lemuria’ playsuit by Kalita comes with sleek cuts, deep V-neck and A-line silhouette, along with an open back with a bow-tied waist that exudes a feminine and youthful look.

HK$2,889 HK$1,733 (40 percent off) from MatchesFashion

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Looking for a slightly more dressed-up option? What about this ‘Poolside’ dress by Peony? It’s made from a sustainable viscose fiber called EcoVero, and features a pair of with ruffle-trimmed puffed sleeves, tied waist, forest-green polka-dot print and a line of subtle buttons for extra elegance. Transform it into a coverup at the beach by leaving the buttons undone.

HK$2,305 from Net-A-Porter

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Like the rest of the designs at Caravana, this cotton-gauze playsuit is inspired by the sun-drenched landscapes of the brand’s home country of Mexico, and handcrafted by local artisans using traditional Mayan techniques. Wear the side with the deep-V silhouette at the front when you’re at the beach, and simply turn it around, transforming it into an open back outfit when you’re clinking glasses at cocktail hour.

HK$2,585 from Net-A-Porter

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Got a one-piece swimsuit? Show it off by pairing it with wide-legged trousers such as these ones by Three Graces London, which are striped and rendered in a palette of yellow, blue and white that remind us of the lemon groves and beaches of Ibiza. They even come with deep side slits, giving that breezy, effortless look.

HK$3,483 HK$2,438 (30 percent off) from MatchesFashion

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This maxi Theia dress in flocked jacquard has a unique design featuring a wraparound cutout and open back that you can just throw on top of your swimwear with no fuss. It’s also unlined and super lightweight, and comes with a lovely texture for a boost of elegance and visual interest.

HK$5,410 from Shopbop

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Knitted multicoloured pieces are, of course, a signature of Missoni. We love this Italian-made jumpsuit with metallic threads and bright colour-blocks, coupled with a backless halter neck silhouette and wide legs for a chic, bohemian summer outfit.

HK$10,980 HK$5,490 (50 percent off) from MatchesFashion

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Cindie Chan
Style Editor
Fashion blogger turned editor, Cindie has spent over seven years covering all things stylish in the digital world. When she’s not busy poring over the latest covetable releases or attending the most talked-about fashion events in town, you’ll find her enjoying some precious downtime with her newborn son and sweet dog Rosy.