Not ready to take off your swimsuit? No need
Words: Lindsay Samson | Photography: Ian Engelbrecht
Throw all the rules out the window. In case you missed it, there’s no such thing as a “beach body”. And every day is a good enough reason to dress like you’re on holiday, especially as we head towards the full swing of holiday mode. We’re making multitasking miracles out of our swimsuits by letting them double up as outerwear and to be honest, we’re relieved that functional fashion has finally made it to swimwear. Check out some of our most-loved, super-cool swimsuits and try a few of our styling tips, then bring the heat wherever you go this sunny season.
ALL TOGETHER NOW
If there’s one swimwear style that has made an incomparable comeback over the last couple of years, it’s the one piece. From strapless and high cut to ruffled, one-shoulder pieces, the options are endless. They’re also one of the easiest swimsuits to pull off as daywear. Think of the one piece as a bodysuit substitute. Whether worn with a pair of boyfriend jeans or comfy slouchy sweats and crisp, white sneakers, there’s nothing that won’t work.
LET’S GET PHYSICAL
Finding the right fit can be challenging when you consider various busts, shapes and sizes, bunching fabrics and sliding straps. So we’re excited that sportier swimsuits are no longer reserved for surfers only. They’re slightly more forgiving, made from materials that lessen chafing (inevitable, especially when sand meets damp swimwear) and help withstand water that’s still warming up… or that never does. This sporty style is an easy option to wear away from the water and effortlessly stands in as a form-fitting, short-sleeve tee.
TOP IT OFF
Feeling bolder than usual and keen to bare a bit more? Already living a carefree life in a crop top? They’re not going anywhere anytime soon and neither are bikinis. Summer doesn't quit when you leave the pool or beach, so why should your swimsuit? Simple, versatile and easy enough to slip on and off, find a bikini in your favourite style, be it a tie front, high neck or bralette, and take to the streets.
POPS OF PRINT
Has that zebra-print, high-cut one piece caught your eye? When pooltime is over, there’s no need to ditch your favourite new suit for your “real” clothes. Slip on an equally elegant skirt in a clashing print for some bold summer style. If mixing patterns seems a bit daunting, make sure you choose a skirt in a similar colour palette. Add a pair of barely-there sandals and chic sunglasses and you’ve got a look that can easily take you from the seaside straight to a dinner date.