If you’re a certified beach bum, you’ll probably be wanting to spend most of your days off on your towel now that summer is here. You don’t want to be lugging around too much with you, but you also want to be prepared in case you unexpectedly get invited to a restaurant, need to pop into a shop, or go anywhere that follows the ‘no shirt, no shoes, no service’ rule. Luckily you can make your swimsuit look appropriate outside of the beach, with a few clever styling tricks.
If you’re wearing a bikini…
- Get a mesh t-shirt or long sleeve for layering. It’ll create an ultra cool streetwear vibe that you can wear for shopping, strolling on the boardwalk, getting dinner/drinks at that trendy new restaurant, or going to a party.
- Wear a blouse on top. You can wear it unbuttoned and knotted at the bottom when you’re going to or are at the beach, and then style it accordingly for your next event.
- Throw on a t-shirt. Of course, the easiest option is to pretend your bikini top is a bra and just put a t-shirt on afterward. If you know you’ll be going somewhere after the beach, try to avoid string bikinis so you don’t have to sit on or lean against the knot.
- Wear a dress. No one will guess that you’ve just been at the beach if you hide the evidence with a dress! You can choose a summery sundress, an easy slip dress, a flowy maxi dress, or anything that feels good.
If you’re wearing a one-piece…
- Treat it like a bodysuit. Oh boy do you have a lot of options if you chose to wear a one-piece! Just style it how you would a bodysuit: with jeans, joggers, a skirt, shorts. You may want to add a light layer (kimono, denim/khaki jacket, cardigan, silk bomber) as this will take away from the swimsuit fabric and make it look more like a top.
On the bottom…
- Don’t be too casual. Choose nicer bottoms to look more put together, AKA leave your jersey gym shorts at home. Jeans are always a safe bet but if it’s hot out you have other options to keep the look summery: silky shorts, a flowy or ruffled skirt, a slip skirt, or lightweight wide leg trousers (in linen or a silky fabric).
- Dress up your denim. Summer is the best time of year for cut-offs, we feel you. But if you’re going to wear denim shorts or a denim mini, make sure to add a layer to make it more city-appropriate. A light jacket or kimono will work perfectly.
- Leave the flip flops at home. If you need them to walk across the hot sand, bring them separately or at least switch shoes when you leave the beach. Complete your outfit with some more substantial shoes.
- Bring a nice bag. You don’t want to bring your leather or suede bag to the beach, and that’s perfectly understandable. Invest in a stylish tote or backpack that can fit your beach essentials, withstand sand, and still look appropriate in the city. Lots of designers and shops have released super cute canvas, straw, and vinyl numbers this season.