Finding a bikini or one-piece (or both) is hard enough, so deciding what to layer over your swimsuit can only add to your shopping-induced angst. That’s why, just in time for spring break (or whatever nondenominational warmer-weather holiday you’re about to go on), we’ve rounded up a bunch of nice-looking, on sale cover-ups under $100. Take a look at what else might still be on your packing list — we’ve also found the best sunscreen, beach towels, and sun hats (Hailey Bieber’s, too) — then keep scrolling for 25 affordable options, from crochet dresses to breezy button-downs to a few non-cheesy sarongs.
This short-sleeve eyelet tunic ties in the front, making it an easy-on, easy-off choice.
Nothing beats linen in hotter climates, so this sarong is ideal for anyone who wants lightweight, breezy coverage while trekking to the pool or beach.
Nautical pinstripes meet ruffly sleeves in this jaunty mini.
You don’t see orange seersucker every day, but these shorts are way more eye-catching than the traditional blue (and they have an elastic waistband that will keep them in place while you paddleboard).
A billowy, tiered skirt balances a plunging neckline so you can go from pool to happy hour seamlessly.
Consider the guayabera, a Caribbean menswear staple with distinctive pleating that Coming of Age designer Amanda Lurie likes to layer over bathing suits. (We also named it our best white beach shirt.)
Or go for another button-down style (but this time with a hem that hits just above the ankle).
An open back lets you tan, while a flowy skirt provides natural ventilation.
Given its maxi length, this fuchsia sarong can easily convert into a skirt, bandeau dress, or halter. (It’s on sale in white and black, too.)
Yes, it has pockets.
Cinch this caftan’s waist tie for a more tailored fit (and make the most of that side slit).
The product name says “South Beach,” but the sheerness, puff sleeves, and front tie are giving vintage lingerie.
Chain-link shoulder straps and a draped neckline add pizzazz to this otherwise simple maxi.
Shirt dress, but make it interesting (and non-work-y) with a bold print and waist-defining cutouts.
Wear this bright Solid & Striped tunic unbuttoned or pair it with your favorite jean shorts and white sneakers for a trip into town.
If brights aren’t your thing, here’s cool-girl lilac with multiple straps and an airy open knit.
This smocked, mixed-print midi can be worn as a skirt or converted to a strapless dress.
With a swingy silhouette and peekaboo crochet, this halter could have walked off a Chanel Cruise runway.
While we’re on the topic of knits, this Missoni-esque set comes in a wide size range from XXS to 5X.
This caftan from Natori, the maker of our best-overall bra, is knit from a cozy jersey so it’ll keep you warm if the weather gets cloudy.
A non-dress option: This terry romper with a button front for non-stressful bathroom breaks.
Everlane’s strappy maxi dress has a generous A-line silhouette and is made from the brand’s pilling-resistant, breathable Naia fabric.
If your holiday is more “oontz oontz” than trashy novels on the sand, try this leopard-print tie-front top-and-trousers combo.
A deep V will show off just enough of your swimsuit.
[Editor’s note: Only the XXS size is left.]
Go a little retro with this ’70s-inspired ombré crop top and miniskirt.
The Strategist is designed to surface the most useful, expert recommendations for things to buy across the vast e-commerce landscape. Some of our latest conquests include the best acne treatments, rolling luggage, pillows for side sleepers, natural anxiety remedies, and bath towels. We update links when possible, but note that deals can expire and all prices are subject to change.