Sun, surf and serious heat – summer has arrived in Perth! And summer in Perth means long days at the beach, and longer nights at the bar.
Summer fashions are always great fun, but organizing on-trend looks for a full day of sweat and sun can be daunting! So we’ve shared our favourite outfits to keep your look on-point, and the best venues to be seen at in them!
It’s always important to start with your base with a beach to bar look, and as a 20-something that means a bikini. Keep your choice simple and select a monotone suit with clean lines that will act as a versatile base for your bar outfit – we love this sweetheart two-piece from Ivory Daze.
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As the sun goes down take your look from basic to sexy with a playsuit. Playsuits are not only in the midst of a major fashion moment, but are also one of the most versatile options for a beach to bar look. Channel summer vibes with flowing cuts and sheer fabrics. Make sure to pack some strappy heels and a bold lipstick to dress up the look. Try the Zimmermann Oleander Lattice Playsuit.
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With your outfit sorted head to the Ocean Beach Hotel, or OBH for those in the know. Sitting on Cottesloe’s beautiful Marine Parade the historic OBH boasts stunning views of the Indian Ocean, and our advice is to grab some tapas plates and a few bottles of wine to split between friends.
Fremantle newcomers Sweetwater Rooftop Bar will also be one to be seen at this summer so make it your venue of choice for a Sunday sesh after a morning at the beach. Enjoy 360-degree views and an extensive cocktail menu served by a typical Freo hipster barman.
Since underwear as outerwear is on trend right now, embrace your inner Kardashian and choose a suit that mimics the look of your favourite lingerie bodysuit. The Coco Lace One-Piece from Somedays Lovin has lace detailing and an open back for an intimate look both on and off the sand.
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To make the switch from day to night consider the materials of your outfit – stiffer materials such as denim or leather will rub against salty skin, so give a summer vibe to your Kardash inspired look and choose a knee-length wrap skirt in a light material. For a super polished look we love a skirt in the same colour as your suit – try the Atmos&Here Melani Wrap skirt for a striking summer look, and add some contrasting heels and statement jewelry to finish the look.
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There will only be one place to go this summer for the savvy 30-something – Bather’s Beach House is set to reinvent the phrase “beach to bar” by becoming Australia’s first beach on the bar, and will be serving your favourite beverages right on the sand this summer. Open until late every night, make Bather’s your go-to in Freo and stargaze on the sand with a drink in hand.
If you’re looking to get off the sand for your night out head to OBH’s big brother, The Cottesloe Beach Hotel. Based in an Instagram-worthy Art Deco building, The Cott is a WA institution and offers several dining options just steps from the sand. Grab a wood-fired sourdough pizza at the Beach Club and enjoy it under a canopy of string lights.
Start your look with bathers you’ll feel comfortable in, since a beach to bar day is sure to be a long one! Bathers with a bandeau top and high-waisted bottoms work with a variety of after-hours outfits and provide added body sculpting benefits under a dress. This two-piece is available from Australian brand SKYE & Staghorn.
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Keep your nighttime look on trend by choosing an off-the-shoulder dress. More structure makes for a more formal look, while a flowing dress will appear more casual. While we love this navy Shona Joy, choose any dress that accentuates your features.
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Looking over the water at Hilary’s Boat Harbour, The Breakwater is a classier venue for a more mature beach-to-bar hopper. Get your glad rags on to fit in with the venue’s dress code, then head upstairs to Reid’s lounge for an opulent evening. Reid’s has an extensive wine list, but make the night really sparkle with a bottle of champagne.
For a more intimate experience spend a day at Scarborough beach before heading to Matisse Beach Club for a unique night out. Book yourself and your friends into an exclusive poolside cabana for the evening, and experience ocean views while you take a dip in the stunning pool. A cabana package comes complete with food and beverage for a night of ultimate relaxation