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Convertible Beachwear: 10 Pieces Under $25

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VERSATILE STYLE AT THE BEACH

If you're hitting the pool this summer or taking a trip to the shore, you don't want to overspend on beach necessities or overpack your bag. This collection of convertible beachwear under $25 can be worn in multiple ways, so you can buy fewer pieces and still be prepared for anything.

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KIMONO SCARF

A kimono scarf takes so many forms: a pretty beach cover-up, a wrap-around skirt, an oversized neckerchief, and an approximation of its namesake. The Capelli New York Solid Lace Kimono Scarf, available in black and ivory and priced at $12 on Amazon, features a delicate lace pattern and decorative fringe edging. When wearing like a kimono, add a bright belt to accentuate your waist; when using as a cover-up, pair with a solid-colored bikini for eye-catching contrast.

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TWO-WAY HALTER DRESS

Are you feeling adventurous enough to rock an eye-catching print, or do you prefer to head to the shore in your favorite color? With the Alpine Design Women's 4-In-1 Convertible Dress ($15 at Sports Authority), you can do both with an easy flip. This convertible dress sports a print pattern on the outside and a solid color on the inside. Wear either side as a halter dress or fold down the top section to convert into a skirt.

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BEACH SARONG

Drop down on any tropical island and you'll probably see plenty of beachgoers in sarongs or pareos. These versatile pieces can be tied into various styles, such as a halter (behind the neck), tube top (across the chest), or skirt (around the waist). You can also lay a sarong flat on the sand as a beach towel. A Scarf Trading pareo sold on Amazon ($9) comes in prints and patterns, and is made of smooth, light chiffon.

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BEACH COVER-UP

If you're looking for a sexy way to show off your dedication to the gym, a white convertible cover-up sold on the online marketplace Bonanza ($12) might fill the bill. Wear as a strapless dress or fold down the top to create a straight skirt with a peek-a-boo pattern. Match with a white bikini and sun hat for a glamorous look.

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OVERSIZE SCARF

Never underestimate the versatility of a scarf. It can serve as a shawl when the temperature drops after sunset, a blanket to sit or lie on, or a quick cover-up around the hips when wearing a swimsuit. The Women's Metallic Striped Oversized Scarf from Target ($17) comes in go-with-everything ivory. It's lightweight and woven through with thin metallic thread for extra flair.

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TIE-DYED CONVERTIBLE DRESS

Tie-dye wasn't buried with the '70s. Channel your retro side in the Raviya Strapless Tie-Dyed Convertible Dress Cover-Up from JC Penney ($20 on sale). Wear as a strapless dress or a fitted skirt before and after beach time. One reviewer raves about the soft material and fitted bodice, and happily wears it both ways.

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SLING DRESS

If you love the sarong look but aren't thrilled about constantly tying it into one style or another, a KSH beach wrap available on Amazon ($8) might be the answer. Like a sarong, it can be wrapped easily around the body for a sexy backless look. Two spaghetti-strap slings help secure the dress at the shoulders. It's made of light chiffon and comes in khaki, light blue, and pink patterns.

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8-IN-1 CONVERTIBLE DRESS

The Concepts 8-in-1 Convertible Dress from Walmart ($15) comes in three summery colors and three lively prints. Tie into a halter, tube top, and more. With a skirt that falls to the knee, this polyester/spandex number goes on a date, to a family affair, and, of course, to the beach. Reviewers give shout-outs to the soft, comfortable material and the instructional brochure.

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CONVERTIBLE VISOR CAP

An active day at the beach demands a visor. A convertible visor from e4Hats ($12) can also be worn as a cap. The thin, breathable 100 percent cotton rolls back to form the cap top or forward into a visor crown. An 8-inch bill protects against the sun's rays and a built-in terry sweatband keeps the droplets at bay. An elastic band in the back stretches to fit any size head.

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LOUNGE CHAIR COVER

A terry-cloth chair cover sold on Amazon ($9) does double duty as a carryall. This convertible beach accessory, designed for lounge and deck chairs, has pockets on each side to hold poolside essentials. When you're done for the day, fold the cover into a handled tote.