How To Make A Swimsuit Part Of Your Regular (Non-Poolside) Wardrobe

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All content herein solely reflects my personal thoughts and opinions.]

Summer (and a vacation getaway) offers so many fun activity opportunities, you want to dress to be ready for whatever may come up. During my recent vacation to Hawaii, I spent each day in a swimsuit since a dip in the water was an easy prospect at any moment. But I didn’t just throw shorts on with my swimsuit. I had fun making outfits with it, depending if I was making a morning grocery run for fresh pineapple, having a picnic on the beach, or dressing up for a romantic sunset dinner.

Sure, you could just throw shorts on over your suit, but with just a little creativity, you could do so much more. Here’s how to make your swimsuit a key element of your summer wardrobe.

Selecting a swimsuit that is versatile and visually appropriate as a top is the first challenge. Don’t worry if it takes you a little time to find the right piece; it took me some time to try out various pieces at Target. I loved the vivid colors of a strapless bikini top that could be worn as a crop top, but the wide horizontal swath with a center-heavy ruffle shortened rather than lengthening my torso. A sporty top had fun strap detailing in the back, but I would have preferred a front with slight padding for my modest chest. Lastly, a rich blue structured halter top seemed to have all the right elements, but the décolletage cut was a tad too stiff, awkwardly pushing into my chest.

Target swimsuits in the dressing room

After considering a number of bikini tops, I found my solution in a classic one-piece with lightly-padded cups, a sophisticated black and white striped palette, and flatteringly-curved front and side contrasting panels. It’s suitable for a range of body types, and has the benefit of working beautifully as a top.

Target black and white one-piece halter top swimsuit

To represent how I’d wear it as part of my vacation wardrobe, I tested it out on the weekend. Saturday morning, I pulled on athletic leggings, a soft chambray shirt, and nude wedge heels for a grocery run. A ponytail pulled through a wool baseball cap and sunglasses completed the casual weekend uniform, no makeup needed.

Target swimsuit with chambray shirt, athletic leggings, baseball cap, and nude wedges for weekend errands

Target swimsuit with chambray shirt, athletic leggings, baseball cap, and nude wedges for weekend errands

In the afternoon, we headed out for a neighborhood walk and late lunch. It was quick and easy to dress up my look by pairing the swimsuit with a flared black and white striped skirt, a crocheted crop sweater, and metallic turquoise accents. I was thrilled to find this modern iridescent sculpture that perfectly matched my color scheme, and spent some time playing with it. (I especially loved how the reflecting light splashed a bright aqua across my skirt, and a rainbow sliver onto my skin!)

Target swimsuit with black and white flared skirt, black crochet sweater, and metallic turquoise accessories

Target swimsuit with black and white flared skirt, black crochet sweater, and metallic turquoise accessories

Target swimsuit with black and white flared skirt, black crochet sweater, and metallic turquoise accessories

Target swimsuit with black and white flared skirt, black crochet sweater, and metallic turquoise accessories

We wrapped up our weekend by relaxing at home. While my husband indulges in watching sports, I like to curl up in my cozy niche with my computer. I went for pure comfort with a light, soft wrap transformed into a draping skirt, and a lace crop top.

Target swimsuit with wrap skirt and lace top

Target swimsuit with wrap skirt and lace top

Target swimsuit with wrap skirt

It’s surprising to see how seamlessly a swimsuit can be integrated with everyday wear, isn’t it? It can add quite a bit of flexibility to your wardrobe. Leveraging it as an outfit piece while on vacation is especially smart.

Could you now see wearing a swimsuit in new ways?  Have fun finding your summer swimsuit at Target and making creative looks with it!

xoxo and aloha,
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  • Jennifer

    This is such a great idea! Loved seeing the different outfits you created throughout the day from just one bathing suit!!

  • http://www.thezenkat.com/ Alex Katzen

    What an awesome idea. I wish I read this post before the weekend, because I was totally looking for a way to combine a pool day with a day time outfit. Oh and girl, you rock that one piece!

  • http://www.caviteniofilipino.blogspot.com ronley

    Wow! what a cute and creative idea! You look stunning by the way.

  • http://francramon.com/ Franc Ramon

    You look great. This is a really good way to maximize the use of swimsuit by combining it with other outfits.

  • John Lopez

    That’s a nice idea, I’d love that for my wife. She loves wearing a bathing suit when we go to the beach

  • http://www.krystalskitsch.com/ Krystal

    What a cute idea to wear a suit with the skirt and cardigan and also the wedges. How creative. You look great!

  • http://www.whentheskiesaregray.com Jeska

    Okay, I’m not going to lie. I wasn’t feeling it with the first outfit but the second with the shorter skirt was too flipping cute! Love it!

  • Tanya Lara

    Great ideas! I especially love the one paired with the striped skirt and cardigan.

  • Anna

    That’s a neat idea! I’ve also seen people wear bikini tops with jean jackets and high waste skirts, it looks really hip!

  • Rebecca Swenor

    This is an awesome idea indeed and I have done this with my swimsuits. I consider it a part of mixing and matching my clothing. You totally rocked all the looks I have to admit. Very cute ideas. Thanks for sharing.

  • Susie Qpons

    I absolutely love this post! You look simply stunning in your swimsuit, keep up the great work! :)

  • http://www.estherandjacob.com/ Jacob

    My wife loves wearing her bathing suits when we travel. Comfortable and can be used either way.

  • http://www.chasingmyhalo.com/ Angie @chasingmyhalo.com

    Wow,I never would have thought to try something like this. I love it! I don’t think anyone would even think it was a swimsuit with how you styled it. Nice job.

  • Michele

    You did a spectacular job with that swim suit as the basis for all the looks you created for different parts of the day and for different occasions.

  • Ourfamilyworld

    I love the way you mixed and matched the swimsuit with other outfits. I never would have thought of it.

  • http://www.lizventures.com/ Liz Mays

    That’s such a great style idea. Each outfit looks great with the bathing suit top!

  • chubskulit

    Now that is very clever and you look gorgeous in every outfits! I wish I can pull that off, lol!

  • Rachel

    I never would have thought about wearing a swimsuit as clothing. I love the way you paired it with the skirt.

    Although I think a one piece would get annoying with bathroom breaks.

  • Holyjeans Chic

    No….I can’t see it lol, maybe in my 20′s. You did a great job on this though, I love that you can’t even tell that it doesn’t actually go with that skirt! Lots of cute ideas.

  • http://www.growingupmadison.com Amanda Love

    Oh I can certainly see it but I probably won’t do it. Maybe 20 years ago but I no longer have the body of a 20 year old. :)