Summer 2019 has been the season of warm-weather maximalism — statement seashell bijoux and fruit-hued skirts and dresses included. But there's one simple, multi-faceted summer staple you shouldn't overlook: the one-piece swimsuit. In past seasons, swimsuits have served their rightful purpose on the beaches of Tulum and Cabo, and even poolside in Montauk. But this summer, what to wear with a one-piece swimsuit when you're off the beach is just as important.
You can trace the increasingly versatile one-piece styling method to down under, according to Moda Operandi's Fashion Director Lisa Aiken. “On my recent trip to Sydney, Australia for resort I was inspired by the fusion of swim and ready-to-wear for effortless vacation dressing,” she explains. “As one of my favorite swimsuit styles, I find that the one-piece is extremely versatile.”
Luckily, a handful of stylish women have already abandoned the past confines of swimwear and made the one-piece an everyday staple. Ahead, find a handful of linen shorts, neutral hues, and ocean-inspired accessories that’ll have you breaking out one-piece ensembles way after the beach days come to an end. Take a cue below from the editors and influencers who are mastered the art of sporting their suits both on land and in the water.
Fringe Skirt + White Accessories
Whether you’re stepping off the beaches of Ibiza or you’re dining with friends, a white suit and tan linen skirt is a polished and light combination. “Treat a one-piece like a bodysuit and pair it with a wrap skirt or high rise denim,” Aiken suggests. Fringe detailing and feminine mules adds a sophisticated touch to the beachy ensemble.
All Over Neutral
No summer wardrobe would be complete without a pair of comfy linen pants. A color-block swimsuit in neutral hues gives the pants a trendy update. Finish with seasonal accessories like a straw hat, chic black sunglasses, and trend-forward shell jewelry.
Try a daring combination by layering a sheer blouse over a slime green swimsuit. The duo is edgy enough for night out, but could work in the right office setting too. Finish with high-waisted shorts and sneakers or mules.
Checkered Suit + Front-Button Dress
Mixing two bright colors is an easy statement, which is why you should consider styling a red gingham suit with a yellow dress. You can take your favorite button-down dress from the sandy beaches to dinner by simply doing or un-doing the front. “For accessories, complete the look with a pair of minimal, multi strap sandals, as seen across Sydney, and a basket bag,” Aiken adds.
With Classic Denim
While summer is often about the more-is-more mentality, influencers are indulging in the pared-down aesthetic too. A black one piece and denim look is a fresh take on a classic bodysuit ensemble. The open back makes the look super versatile with little effort.
With A Western Flare
Give your favorite suit a Western refresh by adding a buckle bet, denim cutoffs, and cowboy boots. An asymmetric suit is a modern update to the cowgirl look, and makes boots feel summer appropriate.
Retro Fruit Prints
Lean into the whimsical fruit print trend this summer. Let a nude swimsuit be the blank canvas for the fruit basket décor on your frock or skirt. Style with a pair of heeled sandals and you’re set for a night of dining and dancing.
Why yes, a swimsuit can be worn to the office. If you thought your trend-forward aquatic piece couldn’t dare be work-appropriate, think again. For days when it’s just too hot out, a one piece will keep you comfortable without overheating.
Neutral One Piece + Color-Blocking Skirt
Contrast a neutral suit with pops of color — say bold stripes, or a fun floral skirt. Finish with everyday accessories like a basket bag a simple bijouterie.
All Green Everything
Ready to embrace a color head to toe? Pair a patterned swimsuit paired with a simple slip skirt for a streamlined silhouette. A straw hat and mini bag make the look instantly cool.