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Swimwear to work? For S/S ’19, combine swimsuits with your everyday outfits

Surf’s up! Designers are taking to the sea for inspiration next spring, with wetsuit-and-blazer combos and tie-dye creations suitable for the workplace
 

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It seems as though designers can’t keep summer beach vibes off their minds, as countless surf-inspired pieces were seen riding the waves of the runways for the S/S ‘19 presentations. Swimwear and wetsuits were worn under polished blazer jackets and coats at Iceberg, Sportmax and Etro. Psychedelic tie-dye bled onto everything from nylon dresses at Prada, floaty dresses at Dior, and sweaters at Prabal Gurung. And as far as literal conceptions go, Calvin Klein delivered a doff to the classic Jaws franchise with movie posters plastered on tank tops and wetsuit skirts that peeled down to reveal the former.

So it appears that surfwear and swimsuits are no longer just a seaside commodity, but a fashion statement. Take the trend from the beach to practically everywhere else by applying some of these styling tips listed below.

 

Date night

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From left to right: La Reveche Amira ruffle trim swimsuit, $337 from Farfetch; Lemaire tie-waist wrap wool skirt, $1,110 from Matches Fashion

Choose a statement swimsuit, such as this number with elaborate floral-trimmed straps, and urbanise it with contemporary silhouettes like a wrap skirt or a pair of cigarette trousers.

 

For the office

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From left to right: Lisa Marie Fernandez Yasmin wrapover swimsuit, $515; Joseph Electra trousers, $545; Altuzarra Acadia single-breasted blazer, $1,600; all from Matches Fashion

A swimsuit with a subtle design and a conservative cut will go well with a blazer and a matching pair of trousers for the perfect workplace outfit.

 

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Business luncheons

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From left to right: Cover houndstooth swimsuit, USD 190 (S$261.29); The Row Arun belted stretch-suede midi skirt, USD 4,200 (S$5,775.84); all from Net-a-porter

Fashion a long sleeved wetsuit with a pencil skirt and finish with a pair of high heels for a semi-formal business lunch. 

 

Festive partying

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From left to right: Oseree Lumiere metallic swimsuit, $265 from Matches Fashion; IRO Natou belted sequined twill mini skirt, USD 371 (S$510.16) from Net-a-porter

Gear up for the holiday season with a metallic gold swimsuit and a sequined mini skirt to boot. 

 

Country club casual

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From left to right: Emilia Wickstead Rosie short-sleeve floral-print swimsuit, $345 from Matches Fashion; Alexa Chung denim mini skirt, USD 196 (S$269.52) from Net-a-porter

Wetsuits or swimsuits with elaborate prints can be teamed with solid coloured bottoms for a good sense of balance. In this case, pair a floral print one-piece with a polo-style collar with a white denim mini skirt.

 

Weekend brunch

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From left to right: Solid & Striped Nina polka dot swimsuit, $220 from Matches Fashion; Ksubi Chlo Wasted cropped high-rise straight-leg jeans, USD 215 (S$295.65) from Net-a-porter

Fashion your beachside go-to with a pair of high-rise mom jeans for an effortless casual finish.

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