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How to wear your swimsuit to the office this week (yes, really)


by Niamh ODonoghue
26th Jun 2018
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The problem with buying a swimsuit in Ireland is that you get roughly 14 days of wearability during summer before it’s shunned to the dark side of the wardrobe until next years’ holiday. Luckily for us, we’re experiencing an unusually hot few days/weeks which is great; but then we remember how hot and sticky and not hot-weather-proofed our offices are (the place we spend 8+ hours a day). The result? overheating bodies, sticky back-sides of knees, elbow sweat and a whole lot of discomfort.

These conditions are both physically and mentally trying when you’re trying so hard to be productive. So how do you dress to stay cool, without gathering funny looks and being the talking point of water-cooler conversations? How do you dress office-appropriately if your working environment feels like the sub-tropic planes of the Sahara Desert? Luckily, most senior management are lenient with the employee wardrobe code in these circumstances (because let’s face it; 25 degrees doesn’t happen here that often).

Swimwear – specifically one-piece swimsuits – are an ideal, sweat-reducing-alternative to cotton T-shirts (no, the heat isn’t making me delusional). Incorporating swimwear into your year-round wardrobe doesn’t have to be difficult, either. A chic summer kimono over any one-piece swimsuit offers respite from the chilly evening breeze. Alternatively, use your swimsuit as an additional layer under a button-down shirt, or if you’re daring, go bare with exposed shoulders and let your skin soak up some vitamin D. Here’s how we’re styling our swimwear this week.

The swimsuit ft. sleek ‘n’ chic wide leg pants

Contour one piece, €179.87 at jadeswim.com, dixie tubular block mules, €40 at topshop.com, cropped high-rise wide-leg jeans by MSGM, €117 at net-a-porter.com, bucket bag with floral embroidery, €29.99 at zara.com

Contour one piece, €179.87 at jadeswim.com, dixie tubular block mules, €40 at topshop.com, cropped high-rise wide-leg jeans by MSGM, €117 at net-a-porter.com, bucket bag with floral embroidery, €29.99 at zara.com

The swimsuit ft. sports luxe

 

The Maya Collared one-piece swimsuit by Solid and Striped, €204 at modaoperandi.com, culotte relaxed jeans, €39.99 at mango.com, Converse One Star X MadeMe Corduroy Platform Sneaker, €94.22 at urbanoutfitters.com, mini Mykonos beaded tote bag, €40 at topshop.com

The Maya Collared one-piece swimsuit by Solid and Striped, €204 at modaoperandi.com, culotte relaxed jeans, €39.99 at mango.com, Converse One Star X MadeMe Corduroy Platform Sneaker, €94.22 at urbanoutfitters.com, mini Mykonos beaded tote bag, €40 at topshop.com

The swimsuit ft. the sophisticated full skirt

Striped swimsuit, €19.99 at zara.com, ruffled skirt, €69.95 at uterque.com, Domenica faux-pearl embellished clutch by Shrimps, €199 at matchesfashion.com, woven shoes, €68 at topshop.com

Striped swimsuit, €19.99 at zara.com, ruffled skirt, €69.95 at uterque.com, Domenica faux-pearl embellished clutch by Shrimps, €199 at matchesfashion.com, woven shoes, €68 at topshop.com