1 Piece, 3 Ways: A Breezy, Beachy Sweater That Works Overtime

Are we the only ones with vacay on the brain? Probably not! Aside from the whole "getting away" factor, a vacation means a suitcase full of easy, breezy silhouettes, which happens to be our idea of heaven. So, to capture the feel of a coastal escape, whether you're going or not, we've put together a trio of looks using our favorite summer staple: the beachy sweater. Ahead, we'll show you how to take this light layer from girly to glam. Just send us a postcard, will ya?
Sunday Brunch
First up? A sweetly chic, layered look that's just right for an outdoor brunch session with your besties. You'll maximize the cost-per-wear of a spring shirtdress by tossing an open-knit sweater over it, and a roomy leather tote means you'll have plenty of room to stash any post-brunch purchases. A poppy neon sandal, simple bracelet, and super-sleek shades round out the look.

Topshop Mix Knit Slouchy Jumper, $72, available at Topshop; French Connection Spring Bloom Flared Shirt Dress, $168, available at French Connection; Bauble Bar Snake Curb Bracelet, $26, available at Bauble Bar; Street Level Reversible Shopper Tote Bag, $59, available at South Moon Under; ASOS Hedley Heeled Sandals, $74.81, available at ASOS; Forever 21 Round Sunglasses, $5.80, available at Forever 21.


Art Opening

Embrace your edgy-creative side for an art gallery opening by pairing the pastel sweater with black — and lots of it. A pair of sleek leather (or pleather) leggings, a structured clutch, and tough sandals keep the downtown vibe going strong. Finish it off with a bold coral lip for a fun, colorful punch.

Helmut Lang Stretch-Leather Leggings-Style Pants, $920, available at Net-A-Porter; Topshop Mix Knit Slouchy Jumper, $72, available at Topshop; Make Up For Ever Aqua Rouge in Bright Orange, $24, available at Sephora; Vince Camuto Horn Clutch, $158, available at Shoebox New York; Pixie Market Metal Mayhem Heels, $116, available at Pixie Market; Accessorize Pave Ball Studs, $16, available at Accessorize.

Date Night

The ideal date-night look combines softness with sultriness, and touchable layers with look-at-me accents. A sleek, curve-hugging pencil skirt counters the sweater's laidback vibe, and the soft palette of white and mint feels fresh and modern compared to the typical LBD. Polish it off with a sexy nude sandal, a bold floral clutch, and some statement earrings, and you're ready to hit the town.

Topshop Mix Knit Slouchy Jumper, $72, available at Topshop; Mango Textured Panels Skirt, $69.99, available at Mango; Alexis Bittar New Wave Layered Earrings, $295, available at Shopbop; ALDO Tangelo Clutch, $40, available at ALDO; Alexander Wang Antonia Sandals, $525, available at Alexander Wang.
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