A few weeks ago I went to the mall during my lunch break to return something. In other words, I ended up buying 23 things. I checked out J. Crew’s sale rack and stumbled upon this little number. On a scale of 1 to 10, I am -48% shocked I was attracted to it because 1) it’s light blue striped 2) it’s a collared button-down and 3) the $12 price tag. But what I WAS shocked to find out was that it’s a bathing suit cover-up. I really enjoy challenging myself with fashion. It’s fun using a piece to create a not-so-obvious outfit. This is example A.
I’m not saying to go buy a pair of shoes from DSW and wear them as pants. But just because a brand labels an item as a “bathing suit cover-up” or whatever doesn’t mean it has to be worn for that specific and sole purpose. Get creative with it. That’s how you develop your own unique style.
Here are my 3 ways to style this J. Crew bathing suit cover-up!
1) Over a shift dress, sleeves rolled. Casual chic.
The cover-up sort of acts like a mini duster coat, but appropriate for summer! I think it’s such a great layering piece that adds more dimension than just wearing the neutral shift dress.
Because I’m a normal human being, I can’t exactly afford the Givenchy mini bag. But I did find this one at Forever 21! I seldom go in there, but they have solid on-trend accessories. They don’t carry this exact bag anymore, but this one is majorly on-point. I may or may not buy the camel color. To dress it up I added this chic bandana I picked up here. I love adding a touch of red to an outfit – I think it works seamlessly.
I also picked up both of these statement bracelets from J. Crew on a separate trip. I didn’t plan on wearing them together when I bought them, but layering the red, orange and tortoise shell just unexpectedly works. Like I’ve said before, I prefer to have one statement and keep the rest simple.
2) Wrapped around the waist sans the mom-tourist vibes.
It’s nick-named “Hotlanta” for a reason. Wrapping this around my waist was just about as necessary as this drink in the summer heat. Since it’s not a big-bulky sweatshirt, it lays and works nicely.
3) Tied up into a crop top giving Topanga from Boy Meets World vibes.
Tying up a button-down into a crop top is one of my other favorite 90s trends, when done correctly that is. There’s something very school-girl chic about it (i.e. Cher Horowitz, Britney Spears, Topanga, the list goes on).
Which way do you guys like it styled best? Let me know in the comments below!
Photography by Allison Love.