swimsuit cover-up ideas


After posting this photo during my beach vacation last weekend (recap coming soon!), I received lots of questions about cute swimsuit cover-ups that don't look like swimsuit cover-ups. Luckily for you, putting together cute outfits is my favorite pastime, so I put a few ideas together to inspire your next pool or beach look!

In true Feel Good, Dress Better fashion, each look was put together using intuition-based dressing. (To learn more about what that means, you should probably check out the workbook!)

Classic + Polished ruffle sleeve one piece

one piece // skirt // sandals // earrings


Feminine + Festive blue one piece


Flirty + Comfortable



Modern + Minimalist


olive high neck bikini top


Trendy + Girly



Which look is your favorite? What's your go-to cover up for swimsuits? Who's ready for a pool party?

5 cute swimsuit cover-up outfit ideas

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photos by Chelsea Francis

I've recently become aware of a personal dress dilemma. In my real life, I love dresses because they're easy and don't require much thought. I would much rather throw on a dress and go than have to style a whole outfit before leaving the house. However, in my blogging life, dresses are not all that easy and require so much more thought! I wore this same dress in this post and had to give it quite a bit of consideration to re-style it without just swapping out the shoes. 

Since dresses are just one piece, they aren't always super interesting from a "look at this cool new outfit" perspective, but I kinda think I nailed this one? I've been wanting to wear the new-to-me flower brooch I inherited from my grandma, and paired with my new favorite shoes, I feel like gingham Barbie. HERE FOR IT.

P.S. You can thank Dago for this blog post title. It's almost like he should be a fashion blogger, right?

mule for the summer

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shirt: Luella // jeans: AGOLDE c/o Shopbop (exact) // shoes: American Eagle // backpack: c/o ESPEROS // sunglasses: Forever 21 (similar)

photos by Chelsea Francis

Have ya heard? I think Sisterhood is pretty cool. I actually have the word tattooed on my body. In fact, I've been known to say that it's my religion. I really mean that, though! Religion is used as a way to know right from wrong; to have a lens to use when making decisions. Your religion is your moral code. Religion is about faith, and I have faith in women above all else.

When I saw Caroline of Luella post a sneak preview of this t-shirt design on her Instagram stories, I immediately messaged her to make sure it went into production. My favorite things all on one t-shirt (Sisterhood, retro font, bright red ringer trim)? NEED.

Luckily, my dreams came true -- and Caroline even asked me to model in the photo shoot for her summer line! Which, by the way, launches today at 1pm CST, so you can grab a Sisterhood is Powerful tee for yourself! Style it with a bold red lip, comfy denim, and your girl gang.

sisterhood is powerful

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dress: c/o ModCloth (similar) // shoes: No.6 c/o Shopbop // earrings: Elizabeth Volk // clutch: vintage


I have been wanting to shoot on top of this particular parking garage in downtown Austin for such a long time and it was just as magical as I'd dreamed it would be! The colors of the city during golden hour were so warm and beautiful. I wish I could say I had planned this outfit to match intentionally, but it actually just happened to work out!

This dress has turned into quite the closet workhorse. In late-summer/early-fall last year, I wore it two ways (here), once with lace-up heeled sandals and later with a denim jacket, booties, and a bandana. Then in the winter I wore it layered over a striped turtleneck with tights, boots, and a hat. Whether I'm headed to a wedding, out to dinner, or popping over to an event, this dress has a slightly dressy feel without getting into overdressed territory.

While ModCloth doesn't have this exact dress anymore, they have one in an extremely similar silhouette (perfect for fellow short-torsoed ladies!) in a variety of floral prints. I've got my eye on the hibiscus print, which would obviously be less seasonally ambiguous, but its cuteness definitely makes up for that!

Do you have a multi-occasion dress on hand? Tell me about it!

rooftop vibes

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top: Forever 21 (similar) // skirt: vintage (similar) // shoes: No.6 c/o Shopbop (shop more clogs) // backpack: c/o ESPEROS // necklace: vintage via two13vintage

photos by Chelsea Francis

When I was growing up, one of my aunts consistently bought me clothes that were a size or so too big for me, always citing "you'll grow into it!" I was very slender until my twenties and "growth spurt" defined my teens, so, no, I never did grow into most of the pieces she gifted. Maybe it's because of this, but I've always been strict about buying clothes in my current size. Not too small, hoping I'll slim down; not too big, expecting to fill it out eventually. I have, however, made one exception to that rule: this skirt.

I've had this skirt for three or four years now, but didn't start wearing it regularly until last summer. Until last summer, it was at least a size or so too big for me! When I found it on the rack back in 2013 or 2014, though, I knew it needed to come home with me. (And now, years later, I'm so glad that it did!)

It's actually kind of silly that it's never been featured on the blog. I wear it at least once a week, usually when I'm running a quick errand or want to be comfy on my weekend coffee date. I think I don't typically put a lot of thought into how I style it, usually just throwing on a black tank or striped shirt and calling it good enough. I had fun dressing it up a little here with my favorite clogs, backpack, and new-to-me choker.

While I think most women would probably be pretty bummed to go up a couple of skirt sizes, I ended up being able to wear my favorite skirt, so it all worked out! Size is just a number and floral skirts are forever.

P.S. Major sale alert! Shopbop is running a Sale on Sale...sale -- three days of additional 25% off sale items! Shop the sale through Friday June 16 11:59PM PST.

you'll grow into it

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