I wish this were an article on how to DIY Miu Miu’s S/S 2017 swimming caps using Ken Samudio earrings but alas, our editorial budget (and tbh my personal one) just wouldn’t allow me to purchase all those clip-ons. Instead, as subtly suggested by the title, this is an article on how to wear a swimsuit to work.
Why would someone want to wear a swimsuit to work? Good question. I have three answers: a) this person is getting bored with her daily office duds and wants to funk things up a bit; b) this person splurged on too many swimwear pieces during the start of the summer and feels a desperate need to make each purchase “worth it”; and c) this person believes in The Secret™ and thus thinks that wearing a bikini during her nine to five will somehow land her a nice little vacay.
Let’s be clear: I am all of those people. So, yeah, here I am picking up a trend from the S/S 17 runways of Prada, Gucci, Fausto Puglisi, and (my favourite) Miu Miu. As with all things hubadera, the key to getting away with wearing a bikini to work is layering. At Miu Miu and Gucci, coats and jackets were used to cover up swimsuits, while at Fausto Puglisi, bikini tops were used as bases for matching suits. Prada took a completely different route from all the aforementioned brands by layering a black high-waisted bikini set on top of a patterned button down with a black turtleneck peeking out.
While the runway looks are chic, they aren’t exactly office-appropriate – even for someone like me who hardly has a dress code at work. My take on the trend is layering a black bikini top from Holy Swim on top of a white shirt from Zara. I think the puffed sleeves help dress it up a bit without being as constricting (and as warm!) as a white button-down – but please, take note, this is a great option too. A midi skirt could also work with this look but I decided to wear a pair of thrifted DKNY slacks just to make the look a little less girly (because that’s just not who I am). Topped it all off with a pop of yellow earrings from H&M and origami slip-ons from Loéil.
While I was pretty happy with the feedback I got from this look, I still have to say that, in the Philippines, this kind of look is not meant for the weak-hearted (okay, I mean… the shy). Four Jollibee servers stared at me and snickered when I ordered spaghetti and some lady eyed me on the street while we were café-hunting in the late afternoon. At an event, someone asked to take a photo of my outfit. People will look, no doubt. People will pay attention because, let’s face it, it’s pretty odd to wear swimwear in the middle of the city. If you’re not okay with that, then maybe this isn’t for you and that’s okay.
Then again, if that were the case, you wouldn’t be reading this column… Amirite?