How to Plan an Outfit Around a Bathing Suit

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Pool party? Beach barbecue? Dayclub? (That’s a thing, right?) Going out in the summer often means being in a bathing suit for part of the time. So what to wear around it? We rounded up 13 tips, complete with advice on the best fabrics to combat heat, wardrobe basics that always work, and more.

Read on for our guide to poolside/beachside style, here.

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1

Assume your clothes will get wet

Muzungu Sisters Frangipani Tiered Cotton Dress
matchesfashion.com

$380.00

Opt for natural fabrics like cotton or linen that can handle the forecast.

2

Focus on your bottoms

Jacquemus Capri Fringe Tweed Skirt
modaoperandi.com

$725.00

All you really need is a cute bottom when you’re wearing a one-piece bathing suit. We love this summery Jacquemus skirt, but denim cut-offs always work. 

3

No pants, no problem

Cayo Bikini Bottom
thereformation.com

$58.00

If you’re feeling carefree, we love how simple a t-shirt looks over a bikini.

4

Go simple with coveralls

Alexachung Denim Overalls
net-a-porter.com

$500.00

Overalls are easy to wear over swimsuits. 

5

Don’t forget a jacket

Zara Tie Dye Swimsuit
zara.com

$39.90

When the sun goes down a lightweight jacket is key. 

6

Accessories makes the look

I love this coordinating look from Cult Gaia, which sticks to a basketweave theme.

Tallulah Bean Bag, $198; cultgaia.com

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7

A white button-down is a classic solution

H&M Bikini Bottoms High Waist
hm.com

$17.99

You probably own a white button-down for work. Convert it for the weekend by layering it over your swimsuit. 

8

Sarong, it’s so right

Echo Pompom Pareo
nordstrom.com

$55.00

A Pareo, interchangeable with the term sarong, is a large piece of fabric that can be worn as a skirt, dress, or scarf. With all these options, pareos are an easy-to-pack solution for any summer event. 

9

Always wear a hat

Roxy x UO Floral Bucket Hat
urbanoutfitters.com

$28.00

You can never have too much sun protection! 

10

Dip your toes in a new print

& Other Stories Hawaiian Print Shorts
stories.com

$55.00

Hawaiian print is one of the top trends of 2019. For a dad-on-vacation look, search your local tourist shops. There are feminine styles to choose from too, like this affordable set. 

11

Try to avoid heels

Simon Miller Green Blackout Platform Sandals
ssense.com

$490.00

If flat sandals aren’t for you, try platforms that won’t sink into the lawn. 

12

Choose matching sets

Rachel Antonoff Vinita Pleated Skirt
garmentory.com

$258.00

You match your bathing suit so you might as well coordinate your outfit. Printed sets are a fun for summer, and I love this prawn-printed look from Rachel Antonoff. 

13

Wear a dress that rarely works elsewhere

Tory Burch Embroidered Beach Caftan
toryburch.com

$498.00

Dresses are a sensible choice for pool parties, but how often do you get to wear a caftans? Every caftan opportunity should be seized with relish.

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