The Secret Trick To Doubling Your Summer Wardrobe

Finding the perfect swimsuit ain't easy, but once you finally get excited about one, you'll want plenty of excuses to wear it — the one beach getaway you saved in your iCal months ago isn't nearly enough. That's a good thing, since we firmly believe in bending some major style rules to get a little lot of extra mileage out of our shiny new suits.

It may seem a bit risqué to bare your bathing suit without a body of water in sight, but not so with these H&M pieces and a slew of artful styling ideas. From layering a bikini top over a plain shirt to swapping out your bra or crop top for a swimsuit, we've found the coolest ways to beat the heat at this season's ace lineup of outdoor concerts and beyond — all without letting your sartorial sensibilities slide.
Crop & Block
Elevate a plain, white tee by layering a poppy bandeau top over it — the result is modest yet a little edgy. Bonus points for showing off your colorblocking skills with matching bottoms, like this maroon skirt.
Strike A Balancing Act
Pair bikini tops that provide minimal coverage with oversized silhouettes, like wide-legged trousers and full-length vests. If yours has a wilder print or pattern, à la this snakeskin number, style it with neutrals for a more sophisticated feel.
Photographed by Paul Jung.
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Be The Ring Leader
When wearing a jumpsuit or matching set, swap your bra for a bathing-suit top with an interesting accent — like this white bandeau with a gold-ring detail or cranberry one with ruching. You won't have to worry about piling on extra jewelry to make a statement, and when it gets really hot, there's no excuse to keep your top layer all buttoned up.
Photographed by Paul Jung.
Photographed by Paul Jung.
Get A Leg Up
If you're willing to ditch pants altogether, tuck a loose tank into a high-waisted, semi-retro bottom for a cheeky alternative to your Daisy Dukes.
Open Up
For an edgy twist on the athleisure trend, match sleek leather pants with a cutout one-piece. Then, make it daytime appropriate with a long, breezy jacket left open.
Photographed by Paul Jung.