The best summer swimsuit and coverup pairings

Whether you love it or hate it (or you’re somewhere in the middle), bathing suit shopping is a crucial factor for finalizing your summer wardrobe. As you plan your summer getaways both big and small, you need to have a swimsuit wardrobe as fun and unique as you are. (Thankfully, LC Lauren Conrad just launched a brand new Beach Shop collection, complete with a variety of ah-dorable suits, cover-ups and more.)

But we get it—it’s overwhelming to shop for something so intimate. You want to look great at the beach and pool, but you’re not sure where to begin. So today we’ve gone ahead and gathered our 6 favorite sun-ready suit and cover-up pairings, all of which are perfect to wear to the beach, pool and beyond…

LC Lauren Conrad palm bikini

LC Lauren Conrad Beach Shop High Neck Bikini Top in Tropical Palm, $24.99 | LC Lauren Conrad Beach Shop High-Waist Brief Bottoms in Tropical Palm, $24.99

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LC Lauren Conrad crop top and pants

LC Lauren Conrad Beach Shop Halter Crop Top in Sandshell, $26.99 | LC Lauren Conrad Beach Shop Envelope Hem Capri Pants in Sandshell, $39.99

1. Casual & Sporty
Not only is this high-waisted and high-necked bikini both adorable and practical, the sporty neckline also allows for some fun cover-up options. The bikini top is modest enough to double as a summertime crop top, so simply throw on these flowy pants for an easy breezy look. Still not sure you can rock a bikini top as a shirt? That’s okay too. You can throw this coordinating halter on top.

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LC Lauren Conrad hunter green one piece

LC Lauren Conrad Beach Shop Lace One-Piece Swimsuit in Hunter Green, $50.99

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LC Lauren Conrad coverup

LC Lauren Conrad Tropical Open Front Cover-Up, $35.99

2. Simple & Flowy
This full-length cover-up is enough of a spotlight-stealer on its own, so the best suit to pair it with is simple and monochromatic. But this one-piece proves that “simple” and “boring” are not one in the same, as the lace detail is just enough to complement the fun cover-up without overdoing it on the patterns.

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LC Lauren Conrad striped bikini

LC Lauren Conrad Beach Shop Twist Bandeau Bikini Top in Stripes, $24.99 | LC Lauren Conrad Beach Shop Ruched Bikini Bottoms in Stripe, $24.99

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Topshop cutout coverup

Topshop Embroidered Cutout Cover-Up Caftan, $60

3. Fresh & Bright
A classic white cover-up will never go out of style, but that doesn’t mean you can’t switch up the style of the suit underneath it. Pair this light staple with a brightly-colored bikini (or even a subtle pattern like this one).

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LC Lauren Conrad scalloped edge one piece

LC Lauren Conrad Beach Shop Scalloped One-Piece Swimsuit in Ondine Leaves, $50.99

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Eberjey black sheer coverup

Eberjey Sol Devon Cover Up Dress, $09

4. Chic & Sexy
While it may seem crazy to wear black in the sun, the truth is that a chic black cover-up can go with just about any suit, making it the perfect option all summer long! We paired this black tasseled cover-up with a patterned LC one-piece, resulting in the perfect blend of modest and sexy.

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Mara Hoffman Listello one piece

Mara Hoffman Listello Cutout One Piece, $225

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J.Crew Off-the-Shoulder Coverup

J.Crew Off-The-Shoulder Eyelet Beach Dress, $78

5. Trendy & Fun
An on-trend off-the-shoulder cover-up is the perfect addition to a cutout bathing suit like this one. We love this cover-up because it’s chic enough to look like a dress, yet breezy enough to throw on without a fuss. Navy pairs well with just about anything, but it highlights the monochromatic pattern in this one-piece particularly well.

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J.Crew Reversible Bikini

J.Crew Reversible French Bikini Top, $59.50 | J.Crew Reversible Hipster Bikini Bottom, $48

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LC Lauren Conrad beach shop coverup

LC Lauren Conrad Beach Shop Maxi Cover-Up in Kali Stripe, $47.99

6. Classic & Breezy
This bikini is both sassy and basic, which allows for a multitude of fun cover-up options. We like this maxi dress option from Lauren’s new beach line because it adds some pattern and color to the suit without distracting from its chic monochromatic style.

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Do you have any swimsuit and cover-up pairs to add to this list?

Let us know in the comments below—we’d love to see your shopping suggestions!

XO Team LC

Photo: LC Lauren Conrad