All right, we admit this is going to sound a little bit odd, but you know that sassy one-piece you picked up this summer? It’s got major potential off the beach too — seriously. If you think about it, it’s pretty similar to a body suit, and that’s exactly how you’ll want to treat it. Perfect for creating a streamlined silhouette or a getup that’s seaside ready in two seconds flat, meet your new favorite double-duty piece.
Who said nine-to-five style had to be stiff? Make that suit feel chic with edgy, modern separates with a sophisticated twist. A zip-front midi and sleeveless blazer combo is polished and chic, while chunky, printed kicks feel funky and fresh. Go simple and structured with your accessories and complete the look with an eye-catching red lip.
Solid and Striped Anne Marie Swimsuit ($158) + Topshop Zip-Front Midi Skirt ($90), New Look Khaki Sleeveless Blazer ($28), Zara Moc Crock Mini City Bag ($50), ASOS Harmony Heeled Sandals ($81), Inez Netted Open Ring ($169), Juice Beauty Makeup Medley ($46), Illesteva x Jennifer Fisher Sunglasses With Silver Mirrored Lenses ($300), Isobell Designs Paso Necklace ($46)
Hit the beach, then head straight to the party with a cool cutout pinafore that shows off your suit’s best features. Pair an eye-catching color or funky print with a solid frock in a neutral or complementary hue. To dress things up, look to bold statement accessories like a sleek bar ring, platform heels and a dramatic collar necklace. As a finishing touch, choose a clutch that will really make the colors in your suit pop, like this super-funky poppy red number.
Solid and Striped Anne Marie Swimsuit ($158) + Zara Pinafore Dress ($40), Charles & Keith Slingback Platforms ($40), Bijules Bar Ring ($345), Whistles Leather Clutch in Poppy Red ($73), Nasty Gal Drama Queen Collar Necklace ($75), Formula X Nail Polish in Daredevil ($11), Butter London Wink Eye Pencil in Inky Six ($18)
The pool and the beach are obviously where this one-piece number shines, but if you’re planning on making the rounds before a little afternoon sun-basking, give that suit a style upgrade. Take two of this summer’s faves — the kimono and high-waisted anything — and use them to take your bathing suit to the next level. Then add in a bright burst of color on the bottom with sunny yellow criss-cross flats.
Solid and Striped Anne Marie Swimsuit ($158) + Dolcetta Noelle Sandal ($60), Korres Mandarin Rose Lip Butter Stick ($17), La Roche-Posay Anthelios SPF 60 Body Milk ($36), Forever21 Wide-Brim Straw Fedora ($15), Zubi Paradiso Tote ($488), Sherriff & Cherry Big Stripe Sunglasses ($78), River Island Navy Blue Belted High-Waisted Shorts ($64), Zara Embroidered Kimono ($40)
What pieces in your closet deserve more attention, but stump your style game? Tell us about your trickiest wear-again garments in the comments below and we might feature them in our next Style Resolutions post!