Unzipped: How to.. Cover up and keep cool

Summertime in NYC… Arguably the best time to be here, depending on who you ask. But as we all return from our 4th of July festivities, I can’t help but reminisce on pool parties past and get super excited for more rooftop fun in the near future. That being said, I’m always left with the question of what to throw on over my cheeky two-piece. Thankfully, cover-ups and kaftans are the answer and this season, our options are many.

The SS16 runways had no shortage of colorful looks for sunny poolside afternoons. Contemporary designer, Ulla Johnson, pulled from her international travels to create a collection of bright, vintage inspired knits. These summery dresses are easy go-to’s for almost every occasion from beach side BBQ’s to rooftop hangouts. Tory Burch also created an assortment of woven and embroidered pieces that practically every woman could love. With simple yet universally flattering silhouettes, these light frocks are a no brainer to both cover up and keep cool.

With pre-fall closing in on us rather quickly, the coming weeks will be prime time for end of season grabs. So in preparation, I’ve accumulated some of must-haves for every occasion to keep your eye on. Kaftans and cover ups come in all shapes and sizes, so there is a pretty wide variety of beach approved pieces for every style and every suit. If you’re looking for frocks with frills, Missoni and Andrea Degreas have exactly what you’re looking for. While LemLem and T by Alexander Wang have great striped options if you need some easy poolside separates to throw on. Feeling the urge to splurge a little? Cavalli and Chloé’ have great day to night maxis that pair perfectly with a neutral suit underneath. So the real question is.. what’s your flavor?

As we’ve said before, no outfit is complete without a “topper” of some sort, even on the most humid of Summer days. I fully support this notion, especially when the alternative is walking around half naked. So instead of going bathroom chic with a terry towel, consider the kaftan or any of the other chic cover up options out there. (You’ll thank us later.)

Brands we love: Missoni Mare Fringed Crochet Knit KaftanZeus + Dione “Philon” Lamé-paneled Silk Crepe de Chine TunicTory Burch “Lisette” Embellished Voile KaftanT by Alexander Wang Striped Crepe de Chine ShortsLemLem “Freya” Off-the-Shoulder Embroidered Cotton-Gauze JumpsuitEmma Pake “Emilia” Printed Voile Maxi DressHeidi Klein Chile Cotton-Crepon Maxi DressAdriana Degreas Leopard Print Silk-Georgette KaftanFlagpole Swim “Erica” Striped Crepe de Chine DressChloé Ruched Crepe Maxi DressTory Burch “Nerano” Crocheted Cotton RobeRoberto Cavalli Printed Silk-Georgette Gown

By Ariel Serano

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