How To Wear Your Swimsuit To Dinner

When you’re on a much-needed vacation, every minute counts. You worked long and hard for just a few days of fun in the sun, and nothing should cut those days short. That’s why, after an afternoon of poolside lounging or sipping a cool drink on the beach, you shouldn't need to completely change your ensemble before heading to dinner.

Packing the right pieces in your beach bag means that surf-'n'-turf is only a quick change away, so you can soak up every last moment of the sunset with your cheeks in the sand. It all comes down to choosing a suit that’s both flattering and versatile, and building a comfortable look around it that will carry you from day to night in a flash. Read on for 5 easy yet stylish ways to wear your swimsuit to dinner and still feel put-together.

The Crop Top-Bathing Suit Hybrid
One of the easiest ways to take your bathing suit from day to night is to opt for a swim top that doubles as a crop top. Talk about getting the most bang for your buck — no one would ever guess that this grid-print Topshop variation is actually swimwear.

Bring in some color with a bright and funky pair of shorts and dress it up with a comfortable, easy-to-throw-on heel, and you’re ready for wherever the night may lead. And finally, an interesting clutch and minimalist bangle finalizes the transition from beachwear to dinner-wear.

The Denim Culottes
The great thing about wearing a one-piece is that it, too, can double as a top. Go for a bold, tropical print that works for both daytime and nighttime, and pair it with your favorite pair of denim culottes to elongate the leg and create an easy outfit. A touch of metallic makes the look feel that much more intentional, and if your beach waves aren’t quite Victoria’s Secret runway-worthy, wear a statement sun hat to keep the frizziness at bay.

The Easygoing Romper
A typical bikini likely shows a little too much skin for most restaurants, but rompers are a hassle-free way to cover up in just one step. Keep it casual with a statement espadrille and your beach bag in hand, and take a light scarf along to tie it all together (or throw over your shoulders if it gets chilly when night falls).

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The Tie-Front Blouse
If you’re a fan of the high-waisted silhouette, a cropped, tie-front blouse is a genius way to cover up and still look put-together. Let your suit peek out from underneath for a fun, layered look. Low slingback heels and a statement straw clutch will have you making a beeline for the buffet in no time.

The Wide-Leg Pant
Nothing instantly says chic like some wide-leg pants, which pair effortlessly with a plunging one-piece suit. And just because you’re going with a long, flowy pant doesn’t mean you have to wear heels. Slide into the same sandals you wore to the pool, throw your towel in an edgy backpack, and add a little sparkle with some simple yet unexpected jewelry like this choker by Azlee. No one will know you skipped the shower and spent an extra few minutes in the hot tub instead.