Volleyball on the beach, poolside Hurricanes, sunbathing (while, of course, slathered in SPF) in the park—all the best parts of summer seem to call for a bathing suit. A far less enjoyable part of the season? Awkwardly changing from our street clothes to swimwear in a nearby public bathroom.
Enter the two-in-one maillot: amazing on its own, better with regular clothes. Below, we've found five perfect plus-size designs that double as tops or layering pieces, and styled outfits around each. Read on to nail the look now!
1. Pair with Jeans
A sexy lace-up one-piece works well with slim boyfriend jeans and wayfarers for a casually cool going out look. Just be sure the denim is sleek, not distressed; the goal is to balance all the skin you're showing up top.
2. Layer Under a Shirtdress
How to do nautical without looking like you got the dates for Fleet Week all wrong: let a sleek striped suit peek beneath a slouchy chambray shirtdress. A raffia tote with playful details, like pom-poms and tassels dangling from its handles, give the finished look a charming twist.
3. With a Flared Skirt
Aiming for a glamourous look? One-shoulder suits—especially when paired with a full, feminine skirt—are up to the job. For that true beach-to-brunch vibe, don't forget a wide brimmed hat.
4. Tie On A Cover-Up
Linen cover-ups—our favorite options of the moment have pinstripes and a waist-defining belt—take a solid-colored suit straight from a hanging at the pool to happy hour. If you're looking for additional coverage, just add in cut-off shorts.
5. Add Coverage With a Tunic
A strapless tankini/skirt combination is both flattering and vertsatile—just throw on a tunic-style coverup, sandals, and jewelry for outfit that works well beyond the beach.