Nothing Short of Chic: Transitional Chic: 3 Swimsuits, 3 Cover-Ups, 9 Outfits

11.8.15

Transitional Chic: 3 Swimsuits, 3 Cover-Ups, 9 Outfits


An Oversize White Button Down Is A Perfect Swimsuit Coverup #NothingShortOfChic 
 
 LOCATION: SUNSHINE COAST, BC
   
 
A definitive guide for the most common swimsuits.


Whether you're on vacation in Bora-Bora or just hanging out on the beach with your friends, chic beach attire probably makes you feel really confident and comfortable. That said, I'm sure you don't want to lug several outfits with you for lunch afterwards, and for evening, if you're planning on being out all day. That's why I'm showing you how to transition three chic beach cover-ups from the seaside/poolside to a walk-in-the-park outfit to an evening look! I've even included some two-minute hairstyle ideas - keep scrolling to get inspired.



For The High-Cut One-Piece


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A long white button-down is an excellent choice for a high-cut, one-piece swimsuit. Not only will it provide a solid, simple background to display your colorful maillot, it's also sophisticated, easy to transition, and great for displaying a tan.

One of my favorite hairstyles for the summer is to put my hair in a loose topknot, then wrap and tie a scarf or turban around the rest of my head. Not only is it great for keeping hair out of my face, but it conceals any flyaways the salt and wind could cause. Match the wrap to the colors of your swimsuit, and you'll look like you stepped out of a magazine editorial.


Day


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A great pair of tailored navy shorts, especially longer ones, will immediately look put together when paired with the same white blouse - no accessorizing necessary (although rockstar shades are never a bad idea. I love these ones because their rectangular shape gives structure to my round face, and they have a tiny row of rhinestone-like dots on either side). Add a great pair of leather slides, retie your turban if necessary, and you're all set!


Night


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If you're looking for a more understated, less in-your-face night-out look, a maxi skirt with a thigh-high (or even knee-high) slit is a good way to go. It shows the same amount of leg as a mini, but is far more mature and sophisticated (especially with the button-down). To really keep the look out of office-wear territory, unbutton the first few buttons to create a deep v-neck shape. Add some statement earrings, slip on lace-up heels if you so choose, and done.


For The Halter-Strap Bandeau Bikini


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For a more revealing set, a low-slung, breezy maxi skirt is both a practical and a stylish choice. By matching an accent color in the suit's print to your skirt (for me, that was navy), your waterside look immediately becomes elevated. Also, skirts like this are so much fun to wear in the ocean breeze!

A textured four-strand braid is simple to create and looks amazing - not to mention, you'll look like a mermaid. This kind of braid is perfect for any time of day, which makes it just as transitional as the skirt.


Day


Transfer Your Swimsuit Coverup From Day To Night - 3 Swimsuits, 3 Coverups, 9 Outfits #NothingShortOfChic   Transfer Your Swimsuit Coverup From Day To Night - 3 Swimsuits, 3 Coverups, 9 Outfits #NothingShortOfChic

Add a half-tucked white blouse, a structured bag, and chic gladiator sandals for the perfect luncheon outfit. White and navy are summery, nautical, and timeless. It is, in my opinion, one of the chicest color combinations, so wear it to your heart's content - nobody will get tired of it!


Night


Transfer Your Swimsuit Coverup From Day To Night - 3 Swimsuits, 3 Coverups, 9 Outfits #NothingShortOfChic

Swap the blouse for a white lace tank to display your tan, then tuck it into the skirt. Again, you can easily swap the sandals for a heeled version and dress up your look a bit more, but for a nice dinner or beach club, flat sandals work well too.


For Colorful, Sporty Separates


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For a color-blocked, sporty swim suit, equally sporty denim capris or shorts are the perfect cover-up. Enhance the surfer-girl vibes with a great pair of shades and fresh-from-the-sea waves (or curls, in my case).


Day


Transfer Your Swimsuit Coverup From Day To Night - 3 Swimsuits, 3 Coverups, 9 Outfits #NothingShortOfChic

Those same jeans pair perfectly with ballet flats and a sleek, sleeveless cropped top for a sophisticated, yet playful, daytime look. Wear with your favorite bracelets or some statement earrings, if you want some bling - but it's not even necessary to wear jewelry with an outfit like this.


Night


Transfer Your Swimsuit Coverup From Day To Night - 3 Swimsuits, 3 Coverups, 9 Outfits #NothingShortOfChic
Photography by Annika Cleland-Hura

A slinky top, a sleek bag, a chain bracelet or two, and some killer hoop earrings take these pieces into evening with a flourish. Gold is an obvious, but effective, choice as an accent (hardware, jewelry, and parts of my top, in this instance). You can even keep the salt waves for your night-time look!

Of course, there are many other cover-ups that I haven't featured here – a billowy, loose dress, a kimono, a crochet top, a peasant blouse... the list goes on. But even if I didn't talk about your favorite cover-up here, hopefully these looks will give you some inspiration to be more transitional with your outfits. Especially if you're on vacation – because we already know that transitional outfits are the key to excellent packing!

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