Hit the Beach Like a Celeb for Under $40

Going from the beach to the streets can be as easy as tossing on a mini summer dress or tunic. Here are our tips:

TIP No. 1: The go-to cover-up ensemble for a day at the beach is a top and shorts. These pieces fit for any style personality from preppy cool like Katie Holmes, to beach bohemian are ideal for transitioning from the beach to the streets.

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J.Crew chambray tuxedo cami, $29.99; get it at jcrew.com
Topshop fan print shorts, $30; get it at topshop.com

TIP No. 2: Many a beachcomber, like Chloë Sevigny, have been rocking a cool knit over their swimwear. They're ideal for injecting your beach look with a dose of summer polish. Need to transition from the sand to the streets? Try a more substantial sweaterdress to cover-up for a cool seaside evening.

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Urban Outfitters Staring at Stars shadow stripe pullover, $20; get it at urbanoutfitters.com

Old Navy crochet sweater, $35; get it at oldnavy.com

TIP No. 3: Sienna Miller models an effortless option for covering up without dressing up, a casual sarong. Whether mini or maxi, a traditional sarong skirt is just as good in the water as on the sand. Need something more glam? Choose a trendy sheer chiffon maxi skirt or a printed mini to pair with a simple white tank for an instant post-beach party look.

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Matta sarong, $32; get it at mattany.com

Calypso St. Barth block print sarong, $35; get it at Calypsostbarth.com

TIP No. 4: Go for a bright bold color or something pure and white to accent that new-found summer tan. And keep it light, like Rihanna; cottons, crochet knit and lightweight jersey make ideal cover-up dress styles.

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Dallin Chase tie waist skirt, $29; get it at shopbop.com

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