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This sophisticated beach cover-up doubles as a top you can wear to dinner, and it's down to $20

I'll admit it, I'm a beach bum. One of my best packing hacks is to bring stylish staples that do double duty. Case in point: I always keep a lightweight long-sleeve shirt on hand. It's a chic beach cover-up that transitions into a smart blouse when I hit the town. Amazon's Ekouaer Beach Cover-Up Shirt is exactly what I'm talking about, and right now, it's up to 30% off.

Ina Garten, are you there? "It's giving Barefoot Contessa," said one reviewer. "I cannot wait to bake my husband, Jeffrey, a chicken while I wear this and drink wine with my male model friends. Store-bought elegance will do."

$27 at Amazon

If you don't want to spend a lot on a beach cover-up, you don't have to. This one is up for grabs for as little as $20, so you can spend the rest of your cash on a bathing suit you feel amazing in. However, because this cover-up is so versatile, you could also wear it out to dinner or with leggings to run errands. That brings down the cost per wear even more!

By design, the Ekouaer Beach Cover-Up is an ideal wardrobe workhorse for a few reasons. It has that perfect, bum-covering length — it's a bit longer in the back, which creates an attractive asymmetry. It also has three-quarter sleeves that give you a nice amount of sun protection but keep you from feeling too buttoned up. And it's made of a gauzy rayon that filters the sun while staying breathable, so you can feel as cool as you look.

The barely-there weight ensures you won't get overheated and sweat right through it. Ordinarily, I wouldn't wear a long-sleeve blouse in the summer humidity, but this top is so lightweight that I never take it off. Its slightly see-through nature is fine: You'll either have your bathing suit on underneath, or you can wear a thin tank top or sports bra.

Here's a week in the life of my cover-up: Over the weekend, I throw it on over my swimsuit or tuck the front into a pair of denim shorts. On weekdays, I need something effortless to throw on for errands, and I come right back to this blouse. I tuck it into jeans or shorts, or I wear it over leggings or bike shorts. I even wear it at night, dressing it up with jewelry.

Models wearing Ekouaer beach coverup in white, green and pink
This under-$25 cover-up is the epitome of smart summer style. (Amazon)

Amazon shoppers dig the versatility of the Ekouaer Beach Cover-Up too. More than 15,000 shoppers give it a five-star rating.

"I have ordered a few cover-ups lately, and most have gone back," said one reviewer. "You get what you pay for. But this one was a keeper. I purchased the gray, and it is not at all sheer and will be perfect for an upcoming cruise. Almost to my knee in front and a little longer in back. Could wear it to the pool or around the ship with sandals. May purchase a few more."

"This swim cover-up is my new favorite piece of clothing!" added another. "I bought it last minute for a cruise to Mexico. I wore it the first night to dinner with jeans and wedges and tucked the front in. I got so many compliments! The rest of the trip, I wore it over my suit."

A third shopper said they bought this for their day-to-day wardrobe: "I did not purchase this to use as a bathing suit cover, but as a tunic top. I have now purchased three. The quality is great, the little pocket is classy and the collar with a small 'V' is the perfect blouse for a larger-busted woman (it doesn't gap). The length is great to cover my bottom, but also allows me to tuck one side in my slacks and still look stylish. The material is lightweight and breathes without being see-through, as well as launders well."

Some Amazon shoppers say the cover-up is prone to wrinkles and recommend hanging it or steaming it if needed.

"I really like the shirt — like really like the shirt. You can use it as a beach cover-up, and then wear it with leggings in the winter. My only hang-up is that it is extremely wrinkly when coming out of the dryer," explained one shopper.

"I love this cover-up! It's so comfy. I ordered it in black and white," shared another person. "It does wrinkle really easily. I did steam it after I washed it and was able to get a few wears out of it before it became too wrinkled. It's still worth the buy!"

It's like an Oxford shirt and a beach cover-up had a baby! Look sophisticated on the sand and stylish when you're back on solid ground.

$20 at Amazon

The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.

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