Bathing Suits That Work as Shirts: How to Build an Outfit Around Your Swimsuit
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Hello, pool party season! Hot sunny days and balmy summer nights mean it’s high time you learned the ways of bathing suit styling. That’s right: Swimsuit outfits are a thing—and it’s all about treating your waterproof suit like a shirt. And what a perfect shirt it is.
Take a cue from the stylish ladies above—the possibilities are endless. Bonus? A bathing suit won’t bunch like a tight tank or billow like a fussy tucked-in top.
Allow your bandeau to peek out from underneath a button-down shirt, or give a very special wrapped or ruffled one-piece time to shine—paired with everything from denim cutoffs to midlength skirts.
Here’s how we’re styling our favorite swimwear this season.
Arden flounce maillot, $465, shoplisamariefernandez.com; leather Roman sandals, $100, zara.com; Isabel Marant set of two gold-plated bone and multistone beaded bracelets, $115, net-a-porter.com; denim boyshorts: “Patch and Repair” edition, $75, madewell.com
Floral print skirt, $60, mango.com; straw hat, $13, hm.com; cropped halter bikini top, $44, jcrew.com, and surf hipster bikini bottom, $40, jcrew.com
Marysia Antibes scalloped bandeau bikini, $275, net-a-porter.com; Soludos classic leather espadrille sandals, $65, shopbop.com, khaki leaf shorts, $22, dorothyperkins.com; crinkled gauze boy shirt, $30, factory.jcrew.com
How are you wearing your swimsuit this season? Tell us your favorite outfit pairings in the comments below!