So the fact that the summer is coming towards an end might be causing you to consider whether you have enough cardigans for when the evenings get chilly or whether you might as well just pack your sandals away. But don’t despair! The best way to beat the end of summer blues is to make the most of the nice weather and enjoy every inch of your summer wardrobe while you can; even if you’re only going to a family BBQ or for a walk in the park. Sometimes just the act of putting a gorgeous printed maxi dress on can be enough to release the feel good endorphins! If you still want to make the most out of your summer wardrobe, keep reading for some tips.
Ditch the Bras
Just because you haven’t made it to a beach yet doesn’t mean your swimwear has to start collecting dust. It can be a great alternative to everyday underwear providing support and breathability as well as making you look great at the same time. Sundresses are a timeless summer staple and there are loads of gorgeous versions on the high street at the moment. However, many of them have ultra thin straps that don’t sit right with bra straps and let’s be honest, not all of us are brave enough to let it all hang free! This is where that bikini top lurking at the bottom of the underwear drawer can be an outfit life-saver. Bikini tops tend to be much more versatile than bras with a choice of straps from bandeau to halter neck, and they’re often a lot comfier than your average structured bra, especially when the sun’s beating down on you! It’s still on trend to mix colours and patterns so why not introduce your Seafolly Kasbah bikini to your floral sundress and rock that ‘I just threw this on’ beach chic and feel fantastic at the same time.
Get Scuba Ready
The neoprene trend for clothing is still big for the summer with scuba skirts, dresses and playsuits galore available from many leading high street retailers. This fabric has many great advantages – it is comfortable, durable and incredibly flattering. If you’re a fan of the sports luxe trend but still want to keep that feminist glamour, then scuba clothing is the perfect solution. Skater dresses, flared skirts and jumpsuits in scuba fabric will look great with a sporty top or trainers and because of the way the fabric holds its shape perfectly it will look great dressed up as much as it does dressed down. The scuba trend is especially great for swimwear because it is made to lift and mould to the body, instantly enhancing your shape and providing great support. The great thing about this swimwear is that it’s as practical as it is aesthetically pleasing so it’ll keep everything in place and make you perfectly streamlined whilst you do laps of the pool. And you’ll still look incredible when you get out (even if you’re exhausted!).
Swimwear as Outerwear
No more beach holidays planned ‘til next year but you still want to show off that gorgeous swimsuit that makes you feel fantastic? Why not style it up into your everyday wardrobe! If it’s a patterned one piece, match it with shorts or a skirt in a neutral colour to make it the star of the show or mix the patterns if you want to be bang on trend. A strapless colour block one piece would look great with some black harem trousers or a fitted pencil skirt and provide an outfit for evening drinks with the girls. Pair a single colour one piece with a peplum skirt in the same colour to create a seamless dress or replicate the bodycon trend with figure hugging skirt again in the same colour as your one piece. If you’re looking to wow, then why not pair a one piece with strap detailing on the back with some sheer mesh block leggings and the attention will be all yours.
And it’s not all about the one piece either as this idea can also be transferred to bikinis. With a greater choice in bikini designs at our finger tips it’s easier than ever to find one that’s more than just a couple of triangles! Now the top half of your bikini could be a bustier, high neck tank top or even a cropped vest which would look great paired with shorts, a skirt, culottes or even dungarees. And the biggest advantage to wearing swimwear under your clothes is that you’re ready for anything. Impromptu water fight at your friend’s BBQ? No worries, those bikini bottoms will be dry in no time!