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Shop transitional picks to take your beach look from day to night

WATCH: Tips for transitioning your beach and summer looks

Beachwear doesn't have to be worn exclusively at the beach.

In fact, we think bikinis and swimsuits can be easily worn from day to night when layered with other transitional pieces in our closets.

For instance, a black bikini top can double as a bra or crop top and be worn beneath a crochet dress or an oversized blazer. And a one-piece swimsuit can be worn like any other bodysuit, with pants, skirts and more. Plus, we have men's options, too!

So, we've rounded up some ways you can transition your beachwear into a nighttime ensemble and gotten some tips from style expert Melissa Garcia, starting with a simple bikini and a versatile one-piece. Take a look at how we styled them below, plus shop additional layering pieces for even more inspiration.

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Look 1

"A one-piece bathing suit can double as a bodysuit, sexy yet understated and chic paired with a timeless tailored white linen suit," Garcia says. "Linen is the perfect fabric for summer and a suit is a perfect silhouette to elevate a casual swimsuit. Pair with a strappy heel and a statement earring and perfect for a night out."

Summersalt The Sweetheart Coast One-Piece

Price: $95 · From Summersalt

Banana Republic Sculpted Pinstripe Blazer

Price: $250 · From Banana Republic

Banana Republic Pinstripe Wide-Leg Pant

Price: $105 · 30% Savings
From Banana Republic

Original: $150

Look 2

"The key here for the guys is starting with a bathing suit that looks like shorts," Garcia says. "There are so many on the market now. They are tailored and structured like shorts with a zipper fly and English side-straps. Pair with a classic linen white button-down and a crisp white sneaker."

Express Limited Edition Dressy Swim Shorts

Price: $68 · From Express

Banana Republic Castello Linen Shirt

Price: $80 · From Banana Republic

adidas Stan Smith Low Top Sneaker

Price: $82.50 to $90 · 8% to 18% Savings
From Nordstrom

Original: $90 to $110

Look 3

"A fun flirty tank-style bikini top is a go-to for your next pool party. It doubles as a crop top, especially in the prints and stand-out silhouettes offered these days. Plus, it works for swimming but looks just as polished as a beautiful pool party look ... Pair with a beautiful high-waisted maxi skirt to minimize the amount of skin revealed, a wedge and a great crochet bag."

ATHLETA Conscious Crop Bikini Top D-DD

Price: $29.99 · From ATHLETA

Maeve Ruffled Wrap Maxi Skirt

Price: $120 · From Anthropologie

Lulus Come Sea Me Beige Woven Tote

Price: $35 · 35% Savings
From Lulus

Original: $54

Look 4

"Matching sets have been trending not only for women but [for] men too and they are the perfect option for a pool party," Garcia adds. "This set gives you the flexibility of looking pulled together with an intentionally styled outfit but also the ability to hop right into the pool. [Pair] this matching set with rubber waterproof slides and finished with a straw fedora."

Express Printed Stretch Swim Shorts

Price: $68 · From Express

Express Floral Rayon Short Sleeve Shirt

Price: $68 · From Express

Express Double Buckle Slides

Price: $22.80 · 40% Savings
From Express

Original: $38

Banana Republic Straw Fedora

Price: $60 · 25% Savings
From Banana Republic

Original: $80

Look 5

"Florals, crochet and denim are a must for summer concerts [and] festivals -- and bathing suits work great to achieve this [look]!" Garcia says. "It all starts with a floral bikini top paired with high-waisted denim shorts for adequate coverage. A lightweight crochet kaftan (or kaftan/pant matching set) paired with a wide brim fedora, sunnies, and (we can't forget) western low booties ... pull this summer concert look together."

Abercrombie & Fitch Curve Love Straight Neck Swim Top

Price: $19.99 · 42% Savings
From Abercrombie & Fitch

Original: $35

Abercrombie & Fitch High Rise Mom Shorts

Price: $59 · From Abercrombie & Fitch

VICI Saltwater Soul Crochet Cover Up - Natural

Price: $104 · From Vici

Dolce Vita Lawson Boots

Price: $220 · From Dolce Vita

Look 6

"Florals and denim are the base for [this men's] look too. A solid bathing suit is a great base to work off of for this look. Add in a floral short sleeve button down, a lightweight denim jacket, converse and awesome sunnies to complete the look," Garcia says.

Express Floral Rayon Short Sleeve Shirt

Price: $68 · From Express

Abercrombie & Fitch The A&F Resort Short

Price: $35.40 · 40% Savings
From Abercrombie & Fitch

Original: $59

Gap Icon Denim Jacket with Washwell

Price: $59.99 · 24% Savings
From Gap

Original: $79.95

Look 7

Pair a classic black bikini with an oversized linen shirt and sunglasses for the beach and then wear the bikini top with a light blazer and jeans or trousers for an on-trend evening look.

Dippin' Daisy's Camila Bandeau Ruffle Bikini Top

Price: $23 · 50% Savings
From Express

Original: $46

Dippin' Daisy's Mid Rise Ruffle Kiara Swim Bottom

Price: $22 · 50% Savings
From Express

Original: $44

Abercrombie & Fitch Ultra High Rise 90s Straight Jean

Price: $90 · From Abercrombie & Fitch

Everlane The Linen Way-High Drape Pant

Price: $118 · From Everlane

SNDYS Hills Blazer

Price: $77 · From Revolve

ASOS DESIGN Harvey weave mid heeled mule sandals in black

Price: $37 · From ASOS

ASOS DESIGN hoop earrings in triple row pearl design in gold tone

Price: $12 · From ASOS

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Look 8

Wear a one-piece to the beach on its own (or with a cute sarong!) and pair with jeans, shorts or a skirt for dinnertime. In this case, we've styled an all-black one-piece and paired it with a tiered maxi skirt, a comfortable kitten-heel, and a beaded wooden bag for an easy summer ensemble.

Nordstrom L.L. Bean BeanSport One-Piece Swimsuit

Price: $49.95 · From Nordstrom

Abercrombie & Fitch Resort Tiered Poplin Maxi Skirt

Price: $70 · From Abercrombie & Fitch

J.Crew Lina kitten-heel sandals

Price: $138 · From J.Crew

By Anthropologie Beaded Wooden Satchel

Price: $88 · From Anthropologie

Kendra Scott Quinn Cuff Bracelet Set of 3 in Gold

Price: $56 · 20% Savings
From Kendra Scott

Original: $70

More easy-layering pieces

Fill your summer wardrobe with easy-layering pieces that you can throw over swimwear and wear all night. Think neutral linen and cotton fabrics, oversized shirts and dresses, comfortable shorts and versatile accessories.

15 swimsuit cover-ups to shop now for summer

Anthropologie Robin Tiered Mini Dress

Price: $138 · From Anthropologie

Free People Morgan Fauxchet Sweater Set

Price: $108 · From Free People

Abercrombie & Fitch Bubble Top Maxi Dress

Price: $100 · From Abercrombie & Fitch

Free People Mallorca Fauxchet Sweater Midi

Price: $78 · From Free People

J.Crew Perforated Italian leather belt

Price: $34.50 · From J.Crew

J.Crew Drapey cupro trouser

Price: $117.50 · 25% Savings
From J.Crew

Original: $158

Abercrombie & Fitch Asymmetrical Tiered Maxi Dress

Price: $100 · From Abercrombie & Fitch

Old Navy High-Waisted Soft Linen-Blend Paperbag Workwear Shorts for Women

Price: $28 · 6% Savings
From Old Navy

Original: $29.99

Abercrombie & Fitch Strappy Heel Sandals

Price: $80 · From Abercrombie & Fitch

Marc Fisher Women's Kristin Dress Sandals

Price: $79 · From Macy's