I took this dress on a weeklong trip to the beach, with the intention that it would serve as a coverup. My belly is my problem area, but the dress glided over my stomach. I really appreciated how it didn't draw attention to my tummy. As for a beach coverup, this was great! The fabric is light-not too heavy. The dress endured a lot of salt water and intense sun. It did wrinkle after a while, but I think that shows no fault in the product. At one point, I was walking around with the dress on. Now, I'm about 5'3" or 5'4", and the hem is slightly too long for me. Okay when you're on a beach. Not so fun when you're walking around. I had to hike up the dress to prevent the hem from getting nasty and to walk efficiently (there isn't a slit in the back). If you're taller, you probably won't have this issue. Great coverup!