With the holiday season in full swing, beach life is on our minds and what we'll be wearing when we hit it. A bikini is the obvious answer, but few of us strut from hotel room to sandy beach in just our itsy bitsy teeny weeny. A dress feels a little safe and a sarong way too naff, but there are alternatives. Here are a few of our favourite ways to cover up on your summer holiday.

First up, we think an unbuttoned silk blouse looks super-cool over a bikini. Laidback but luxe, un-do the buttons and roll the sleeves on our Brynn blouse for coverage without covering up too much.

Not exactly a dress, not quite a knit, our Virgo cover up is born for the beach. With a relaxed shape and v-front, it's a stylish pull-on for protecting your modesty en route to the sand.

For a really louche attitude towards beachwear, flout all the rules and slip on our delicately beaded Ettie top. The perfect partner to a pair of silk shorts, it speaks of glamour with a rebellious edge.