Summer days are all about soaking up the sun, feeling the warm sand between your toes, and diving into cool waters.

But what if you could seamlessly transition from a day at the beach to a night out on the town without a complete wardrobe change? With the right styling, your retro swimsuit can be the perfect versatile piece to take you from the beach to the bar.

Let’s explore how to make the most out of your vintage-inspired swimwear from Retro Stage for both beachwear and casual evening outfits.

The Perfect Retro Swimsuit

Before we dive into styling tips, let’s start with the basics: choosing the perfect retro swimsuit. There are plenty of stunning array of vintage-inspired swimsuits that are not only flattering but also versatile enough to be dressed up for the evening. Look for key features like classic cuts, bold patterns, and unique details that make these swimsuits stand out.

Top Picks from Retro Stage:

1. Polka Dot Halter One-Piece Swimsuit

This classic style with its flattering halter neck and playful polka dots is perfect for a day at the beach and can be easily dressed up for a night out.

2. Polka Dot V-Neck Bow Swimsuit

The V-neck offers a flattering silhouette while the floral print adds a touch of vintage charm.

3. Striped Patchwork Halter Swimsuit

With its timeless stripes and flattering fit, this swimsuit is ideal for creating a chic beach-to-bar look.

Beachwear Essentials

When spending a day at the beach, comfort and style go hand in hand. Here are some essential tips for styling your retro swimsuit for the beach:

1. Cover-Ups:

A lightweight cover-up is a beach essential. Opt for a flowy kaftan, a sheer sarong, or a retro-inspired robe. These pieces not only provide some sun protection but also add a touch of elegance to your beach look.

2. Wide-Brimmed Hat

Protect yourself from the sun while looking effortlessly chic. A wide-brimmed hat is a must-have accessory that complements any retro swimsuit.

3. Sunglasses

Complete your beach look with a pair of vintage-style sunglasses. Cat-eye or round frames are perfect choices to enhance your retro vibe.

4. Sandals:

Choose comfortable yet stylish sandals. Espadrilles or classic flip-flops in neutral tones are great options that match any swimsuit.

Transitioning to Evening Wear

After a relaxing day at the beach, it’s time to elevate your look for an evening out. Here’s how to transform your retro swimsuit into a stylish outfit that’s perfect for dinner, drinks, or a casual night out:

1. Add a Skirt or Shorts:

A high-waisted skirt or a pair of tailored shorts can instantly transform your swimsuit into a chic top. Opt for solid colours or subtle patterns to keep the focus on your swimsuit’s unique design. For example, pair the Polka Dot Halter One-Piece with a flowy white skirt for a classic look.  

2. Layer with a Blouse or Kimono:

A lightweight blouse or a kimono can add a touch of sophistication to your outfit. Choose fabrics like chiffon or lace for an elegant touch. A sheer blouse over the Striped Nautical Swimsuit creates a stylish and polished look.

3. Accessorize Wisely:

Accessories can make or break your outfit. Swap your beach tote for a chic clutch or a crossbody bag. Add a statement necklace or some vintage-inspired earrings to elevate your look. A wide belt can also help define your waist and add structure to your outfit.

4. Footwear Upgrade:

Ditch the flip-flops and opt for more sophisticated footwear. Wedges or block heels are perfect for maintaining comfort while adding a touch of glamour. For a more relaxed vibe, stylish flats or espadrilles can do the trick.

5. Makeup and Hair:

A quick makeup touch-up can transition your look from day to night. Opt for a bold lip color or a dramatic eyeliner to add a touch of glamour. For your hair, consider loose waves or a sleek updo to complement your retro look.

Complete Beach-to-Bar Outfit Ideas

Here are a few complete outfit ideas to inspire your beach-to-bar transformation:

Look 1: Classic Chic


Polka Dot Halter One-Piece


Pair with a sheer white sarong, wide-brimmed hat, and cat-eye sunglasses.


Swap the sarong for a high-waisted white skirt, and add a black kimono, statement earrings, and black wedges. Finish with a red lip for a pop of color.

Look 2: V- Neck Elegance


Polka Dot V-Neck Bow Swimsuit


Wear with a light blue kaftan, straw hat, and round sunglasses.


Change into tailored black shorts, a white lace blouse, espadrille wedges, and a delicate gold necklace. A sleek ponytail and light makeup complete the look.

Look 3: Patch-work Fantasy


Striped Patchwork Halter Swimsuit


Combine with a floral cover-up, floppy hat, and oversized sunglasses.


Pair with a flowy maxi skirt, a denim jacket for a casual touch, hoop earrings, and platform sandals. A soft, wavy hairstyle and nude makeup will complement the outfit perfectly.

Transitioning your retro swimsuit from beachwear to evening wear is all about choosing versatile pieces and smart styling. With the right accessories and a few wardrobe changes, you can effortlessly move from a sunny day at the beach to a stylish night out. Retro Stage’s collection of vintage-inspired swimsuits provides the perfect foundation for creating stunning, versatile looks that celebrate the charm of bygone eras. So, next time you head to the beach, remember that your swimsuit can be more than just swimwear – it can be the centerpiece of a chic and timeless ensemble.