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How to incorporate swimwear into everyday summer outfits

By Aramide Esubi, Tribune Content Agency on

As we have swiftly reached the middle of summer, I've been thinking about how to maximize my seasonal pieces. A swimsuit can essentially be used as an even trade for a bodysuit, crop top, or tank top in just about any summer outfit.

Save time and extend your precious summer moments by making your swimsuit the star of your outfit. I've rounded up some creative ways you can do just that; ways to take you from the beach to brunch and the pool to dinner!

1. Swap your bodysuit for a swimsuit.

A one-piece swimsuit is essentially a bodysuit, so why not simply throw your favorite bottoms over your one-piece after you've dried off and ready to move on to the next spot? A suit with feminine details, like scalloped edges or ruffle sleeves, will add some fun elements to your look.

2. Switch up your bandeaus.

Bandeaus are a great summer staple to have on hand when you want to achieve certain looks while also staying cool. Give your typical bandeau a break, and trade it for your swim bandeau top under a sheer top or as a crop to save time going from hanging out on the beach to dinner and drinks.

3. Let you bikini top do double duty.

Nowadays swimsuits and bikinis come in such an array of colors, styles and cuts, it's easy to use them as regular fashion pieces as well. If you're headed for a swim and then have plans right after, try pairing your two-piece top with a high-waisted midi skirt for a pool-to-date-night style. You'll be ready to go in no time while doing some serious fashion double duty.

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4. Take (sheer) action.

Remember that sheer overlay dress trend from last season? Well, it's still in full effect this season; so throw it on over your one-piece for an unconventional yet fun way to wear that hard to style trend out in public. And who knows? Your summer night could end with a dip in the ocean, and you will already be in your suit to get your splash on!

5. Go from day to night with ease.

Something about the summer calls for spontaneous outings after a long day at work or running errands. Happy hour, outdoor concerts and movies in the park call for taking your look from day to night. Wear a simple bathing suit with a pair of jeans during the day, and accessorize with jewelry and a pair of sandals for the evening for a seamless day-to-night transition.

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(Whether she's dishing out advice on how to wear the latest trends or putting fun looks together, fashion writer and stylist Aramide Esubi is always on the move keeping up with the latest in fashion. Email her at thesassypeach@gmail.com, or follow her on Instagram at instagram.com/thesassypeach.)

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