Beach to bar
From waterside to bar stool, we show you the best multi-taskers for a long hot summer...

Dec 17, 2013 12:34
by Caitlin Reid


You’ve just rubbed in your sunscreen, ready for some quality sun time at the beach when you remember: tonight is your friend’s birthday at the bar! But what to wear? Don’t panic, learn from the celebs who know beachwear can easily translate from waterside to bar stool, it all comes down to key pieces.

Beach to bar looks are endless, plus there’s something for everyone! From colourful shorts, to playsuits, to elegant maxi skirts, the beach to bar look is an ingenious mix of casual fit and beautiful fabrics.

The playsuit

Flirty, fun, and the ultimate summer item. But how does this style-staple translate from the sand to the stool? Bar Rafaeli can do it, you can too!

Choose bright patterns in beautiful fabrics. The iridescent hues will keep the look stylish, while the inherent casual style keeps the look beach ready. Pair with this season’s take on the gladiator sandal, and your look is instantly summer cute.

Zimmermann Vivid Tie Front Playsuit $350; Gorman Horizon Sunglasses $199; Tigerlily Bandhura Bag $89.95; Sass and Bide The Now leather Sandal $500. 

The classic sun dress

Stripes immediately make us think of the beach. Add lightweight fabric plus an oversized beach bag, and seaside songs immediately come to mind. Take this classic beachside look, and add some formality to ensure you’re bar ready. Choose a beautifully textured beach bag, modern sandals and classic large framed sunglasses to inject elegance into the floaty beach dress ensemble.

Manning Cartell Tybalt Stripe Maxi Dress $449; MINK PINK Band Aids Leopard $49; Gorman Oversize Tote $249; Zimmermann Flat Strap Sandal $295.00

The one piece

You want to show off your ultra cool one piece all day, not just at the beach? Sure! This look caters to all those embracing the one piece swim wear trend that’s sweeping the beaches. Showcase your impeccable taste in swimwear by pairing with a maxi skirt, ultra modern tote, and geometric sandals. Avoid looking outdated by choosing futuristic accessories with geometric designs and sharp edges.

Spencer Lacy Inifinity Velvet Burn Out Skirt $94.98; Sass & Bide The First Chapter ‘Made in Africa’ tote $310; We Are Handsome The Impressor Scoop One Piece $219; Ginger & Smart Shapeshifter Wedge Sandal $279; Shakuhachi Moonshine Lilac Silver Sunglasses $190.

Make it colourful

Colour fanatics, this is your time to shine! The choices from Australia and New Zealand’s brightest designers have countless options for you. Heard to rule that you shouldn't clash opposing patterns? Forget that! Pair leopard print with tropical fabric, rock vibrantly hued footwear, and top it all off with a fun, oversized hat. Sun smart and sexy!

Camilla Number 88 Shorts with Frill Hem $229; Tigerlily Shayna Floppy Hat White $69.95; Zimmermann Flat Tassel Sandal $260; Karen Walker Iris Sunglasses $349; Josh Goot Clever Jacquard Muscle Tee $395.00

Which beach to bar look will you try this summer?

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