7 Ways for 7 Days: Swimsuit Styling Tips for Your Vacation

It takes equal parts creativity and a great sense of style to turn a carry-on sized wardrobe into a week’s worth of standout vacation looks. Lucky for you, VENUS knows a thing or two about jet-setting to beautiful locations. If you’re heading someplace warm where you plan to live in swimwear for the entire trip, here are seven fresh ideas for how to style a swimsuit on your next vacation.

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Day 1: Go Monochrome

Kick off your trip with a bang! Whether you’re hitting the beach, lake or pool, go for a bold, one-color swim look on day one. Think fuchsia, green, red and blue—the hottest hues for 2023. And of course, you can never go wrong with classic black or white. Team bikini or one-piece: the choice is yours. Either way, make a statement with an eye-catching silhouette or opt for a timeless cut, like a triangle bikini top and tie-side bottoms.

When it comes to how to style your swimsuit for après swim, throw on a crochet cover-up or pleated wide-leg pants in the same hue as your suit for a chic, monochromatic look.
Swim Top with Cover-up pants
VENUS Marilyn Push-Up Top & Palazzo Pants

Day 2: Mix and Match Separates

VENUS is the Originator of Swim Separates, so trust us when we say we know how to style a swimsuit. The answer: mix and match!

Our favorite packing hack: toss a few favorite swim tops and bottoms in your suitcase, then mix and match them to create unique bikini combos throughout your trip. On day two, remix a piece of the solid suit you wore on day one by pairing it with a printed piece. From tropical palms to fun abstract prints, there are so many ways to mix things up. Plus, prints are a sneaky way to flatter your figure. Opt for a bold printed bikini top to draw the eye up and balance out a curvy bottom. Or to accentuate your lower half, choose a printed bottom. As always, complete your mix-and-match swim look with a standout cover-up dress and wide-brim hat for après swim.
VENUS Lovely Lift Halter & Scoop Bottom

Day 3: Swimwear as Fashion

Looking to save on suitcase space? Let your swimsuit do double duty as a top and go from sunbathing to sightseeing without having to do a full outfit change! On day three reach for a flattering tankini top for your morning dip, then slip on denim shorts and sneakers for an afternoon of exploring. No one will have any clue you’re lowkey wearing your swimsuit, plus the convenience of having a bra already built into your top is a total win.

If you’re a little more daring, try a sporty-yet-sexy long-sleeved swimsuit. This style tops the list of trending swim styles this season. We love a cropped silhouette teamed with breezy pants to strike a balance of proportions. Just add shades, statement sandals and a straw tote for a resort-chic look—you’ll be turning heads everywhere you go.

VENUS Twist Underwire Tankini Top & Cutoff Shorts

Day 4: Invert Your Bikini Top

Yes, you read that right! Ever since Kim Kardashian Insta-ed herself wearing an upside-down bikini top, this trend has been making waves. Plus, it’s a clever way to make your swim separates work even harder. The upside-down look won’t work with every top, but with a tried-and-true triangle bikini you’ve got the green light to give it a go.


First things first, position the gathered part of the suit that usually sits beneath the breasts, above your bust instead. Then tie the neck straps around your back and tie the back straps around your neck. It’s that easy! You can even rock your triangle bikini top as a bandeau by tying the back straps together at the center of your bust, which creates a cool cutout effect. While this styling trick may seem simple, we promise it will instantly turn your swim staple piece into a statement-maker!

Striped String Bikini
VENUS Strappy Triangle Bikini Top & Loop Side Bottom

Day 5: Cover-ups for Après Swim

Sure, your swimsuit may be the main event, but covering up can actually elevate your look to a whole new level. Depending on what your day has in store, choose lightweight layers that up the ante on your suit.

If soaking up the sun along the shore, reach for a crochet cover-up for a boho vibe. A sheer pareo is another favorite option that can be tied multiple ways to be worn as a dress or sarong skirt.


For lazing by the pool, slip on something with a relaxed-yet-sophisticated feel. Kimonos are an ideal option thanks to their breezy shape and fluid fabric. Choose one in the same print as your swimsuit for a pulled-together look that will earn you compliments as you go from the pool deck to the resort café for lunch and back.

Palm Print Cover-up
VENUS Pareo Swim Cover-Up

Day 6: Swim Dresses

It’s time to bring out an unexpected swimsuit option: the swim dress. Yep, you heard that right! Flirty skirted swim dresses are taking the tenniscore trend and making it water resistant. We love this option if you’re looking for a full-coverage one piece that doesn’t skimp on style. Plus, you can even repurpose a swim dress as an OOTD when you head into town to go shopping. For a figure-flattering boost, look to belted styles that cinch your waist.

Pattern Swimdress
VENUS Skirted Bandeau One-Piece

Day 7: Shorts

Keep it simple and chic for day seven so you can focus on making the most of the final day of your trip. Pair your favorite suit with must-have denim shorts and a classic tank top. This timeless combo is easy to throw together, never goes out of style, and looks the part for swimming, lunching, shopping, or whatever else you have planned—we know you’re trying to squeeze as much as you can into those final vacay moments!

Cutoff Shorts
VENUS Cutoff Jean Shorts
There you have it—seven days, seven chic ways to style your swimsuit for an unforgettable (and photo-worthy) vacation. VENUS has you covered with everything you need to make a splash! Start packing!

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