Swimwear as Clothes | Smash the Fashion Rules

Smash the Fashion Rules Short Shorts

I recently met Kylie van Wanrooy, the woman behind the designer swimwear label, Beyond the Sea.  She was extremely busy making the women of Sydney at Finders Keepers Markets very happy by selling them her gorgeous retro cute pinup inspired swimwear.  Click here to read all about it.

Kylie was wearing one of her gorgeous swimsuits with jeans.  It inspired me to see how I could smash a fashion rule – swimwear for the beach or pool only – so I road tested how to wear swimwear as clothes.As my base for these outfits, I used the beautiful Detachable Strap One Piece in black lace layered over a gorgeous lavender pink. I received this piece as a gift from Beyond the Sea Swimwear.

Swimwear as Clothes | Beach to Lunch

Swimwear as Clothes Beach to Lunch

Want to grab a quick lunch in a beachside cafe but not keen on wearing  your swimmers in public?  Easy!

I teamed my one piece suit with a simple pair of drawstring waist shorts, a glamorous floppy sunhat and Mox flats – just kick off the sand and they’re good to go.  A silk scarf tied as a hair bow is a great way to keep your messy beach hair looking chic.  Click here for my step by step guide.

Swimwear as Clothes

Beyond the Sea Detachable Strap One Piece $169.95 | Katies shorts sold out  | Ruby Olive* Contempo La Lune Multi Bangle $40 | Mox in Blueberry | EziBuy* Stripe Sunhat $15

Swimwear as Clothes | Dressy Casual

Swimwear as Clothes

This outfit would be perfect for a barbecue where you’ve been told to “bring your swimmers”.  I’ve teamed some silky cuffed pants with my one piece suit and added some embellished flat sandals.  A simple resin chunky necklace and bracelet are easy to slip off and won’t get lost in your beach bag.

A floral crown is a great way to deal with messy post swim hair and still look glam.  Click here for my floral crown tips.

Swimwear as Clothes

Beyond the Sea Detachable Strap One Piece $169.95 | Katies* Black Ruch Hem Pant $39.95 | ASOS* Rock ‘n’ Rose Floral Crown $41.90 | Ruby Olive* Salt Wave Indigo Necklace $10.51 on sale | I Love Billy Tollo Black sandals from Style Tread*

Swimwear as Clothes | Beach to Bar

Swimwear as Clothes

You’re on holiday, you’ve run out of clean clothes and you’ve got a night out planned.  What to do?  Team a very pretty one piece suit with a floaty silky maxi skirt, and glam it up with jewellery and statement sandals.

Winch in your waist with a wide belt and work that beach hair.  Good to go!

Swimwear as clothes

Target Dip Dye Maxi Skirt $39 | Shabby Sisters Charade earrings $22 | Ruby Olive* Sicilian Coco Chip necklace $12 on sale | Colette Hayman* Enamel Squares bracelets $12.95 | Django & Juliette Orbell Black from Style Tread*

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  • Smash the Fashion Rules | Kimba Likes - 3 August 2016 - 5.30 am

    […] I road tested a super gorgeous swimsuit, and thought it was far too pretty to waste on an occasional holiday or beach outing.  I shared my tips on how to wear swimwear as clothes […]ReplyCancel

  • Steph Allen - 22 January 2014 - 1.20 pm

    I love the last one with the skirt, gorgeous. That is an amazing swimsuit too, I would wear it as a bodysuit for sure 🙂
    You look great in all the outfits!ReplyCancel

  • Clairejustineo - 17 January 2014 - 10.03 pm

    Yeah love this post title, great ways to style your swimwear 🙂 stopping by from Mystery Case …


  • Lisa Mckenzie - 14 January 2014 - 6.01 pm

    The beach to bar is my very favourite look ,that maxi skirt looks fabulous with the swimsuit,you look very glam in all these outfits Kim-Marie and you do rock a head scarf ….mwah!ReplyCancel

  • Reannon Hope - 10 January 2014 - 6.28 pm

    Well thats just all kinds of fabulous!ReplyCancel

  • Kirsten Smith - 10 January 2014 - 4.57 pm

    LOVE this idea! You look amazing in every single outfit. Wish I could pull off a swimsuit so well!!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah - Style Unearthed - 10 January 2014 - 4.45 pm

    Beach to bar is my favourite too – gorgeous skirt! I’ve eyed it off at Target but can never find my size. Love your tips 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Norlin Mustapha - 10 January 2014 - 1.26 pm

    Ooh I do love that beach to bar look! I remember doing that, wearing a swimsuit like a bodysuit. I can’t seem to find the photo! Might have left it in Singapore. But, hey, when the swimsuit looks as glam as that, I say why not smash those rules.ReplyCancel

  • mamastylista - 10 January 2014 - 12.22 pm

    Love it! You look fantastic! xReplyCancel

  • Sonia from Sonia Styling - 10 January 2014 - 11.28 am

    Oh my goodness, Kim-Marie – I freaking love this! Who knew a swimsuit could be so versatile?! Love all of the outfits you’ve put together. Thank you for even more stylespiration! xReplyCancel

    • Kim-Marie Williams - 10 January 2014 - 3.59 pm

      You are so welcome! I loved the suit more than I love swimming so thrilled to find new ways to wear it. ReplyCancel

  • shoppegirls - 10 January 2014 - 8.29 am

    Looking fabulous Kim. Great ideas.ReplyCancel

  • shoppegirls - 10 January 2014 - 8.29 am

    Looking fabulous Kim. Great ideas.ReplyCancel

  • Laney | Crash Test Mummy - 10 January 2014 - 7.26 am

    You look amazing! I love how creative you are with this post xReplyCancel

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