And that's exactly why this summer, I challenge you to exponentially expand the time wearing those summer essentials by turning them into full-on outfits. How, you ask? By substituting swimsuits for bralettes, crop tops, T-shirts, and camisoles. Whether you’re headed to a cocktail party or Sunday morning brunch, try out these six looks that will have you wearing swimwear IRL—all summer long.
J.Crew Underwire One-Piece Swimsuit in Leopard Print ($118); Zara Satin Skirt ($40); Mango Leather Biker Jacket ($200); Aquazzura So Nude 105mm Sandals ($695)
For the edgier dressers, this is the perfect time to bust out that bustier-style leopard one-piece you love so much for summertime swims. It makes the perfect bodysuit when expertly paired with a black silk skirt, leather jacket, and heels.
Just the classics
Sometimes all you want is a go-to uniform, made just a little more interesting by substituting that cotton tank for a one-piece black maillot that will take you from the beach to the concrete jungle you call home—seamlessly. Slip it on underneath your favorite jean shorts, adding a pair of flat sandals and statement earrings for a little something special.
Courtesy of Elle Woods' closet
If you love a pretty in pink moment, but want to minimize the frills and fuss, a feminine one-piece swimsuit might be the ultimate solution for you. We particularly love a scalloped pink gingham, paired with an equally sweet ruffled mini skirt and flat sandals for a summer day or night.
Peek of skin
For those looking to embrace the weather and show a little skin, but not bare it all for the world to see, overalls are the perfect in-between look. While most outfits might call for a bodysuit or even sweet lace bralette underneath for a more daring take on the trend, we challenge you to go bold with your most graphic bikini top underneath.
Some of the most chic looks out there are a mix of romantic and sporty and few pieces are quite as athletic-inspired as a tank bikini top. After all, it is for action at it’s core. Instead of a crop top this summer, reach for a longline bikini top or tankini to pair with that gorgeous wrap midi skirt and flats for everything from breakfast with friends to a date night alfresco.
We love a bold look, especially when paired with the most classic of denim. Pull out all the stops and pair that statement-making swimsuit with a pair of vintage-inspired jeans, opting for equally bold sandals and accessories to finish off the head-turning vibe.
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