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Beach to barbecue! How to wear summer's hottest trends from day to night

Summer is the season of waking up with the sun and staying up long after it sets. Who wants to go home to change outfits in between?

Fashion expert Ashley Bellman visited TODAY Wednesday to show how to create a day-to-night look that works all day.

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Summer style secrets to take you from day to night in seconds

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Summer style secrets to take you from day to night in seconds

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Bathing suit to bodysuit

What better way to transition from day to night than two of this seasons easiest trends: one-piece swimsuits and bodysuits. Bellman proves that one item can work for both. Just dry off in this Aerie one-piece and wrap a matching Lulu's skirt around your waist. Finish the look off by hosing down your sandy toes and slipping on these cork-heeled mules, which are great for walking on sand or on the boardwalk. Add a denim jacket for the perfect topper on a windy summer night.

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One Piece Swimsuit, $32.86, Aerie

Aerie.com

Wrap Skirt, $45, Lulus.com

Lulus.com

Denim Jacket, $34, Old Navy

OldNavy.com

Striped Mule, $69.90, Express

Express.com

Cover-up to casual evening dress

No one needs to know that you're still wearing your bikini underneath this sweet ruffle dress. Eloquii's off-the -shoulder dress makes the perfect piece for a pool day party turned pool night party. Pair the piece with Lulu's cork ankle strap heels. This sky-blue look works even when the sun sets and the fireflies come out.

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Dress, $77.94, Eloquii.com

Eloquii.com

Heels, $28, Lulus.com

Lulus.com

Beach pants to party pants

Colorful, flowy pants couldn't be more cozy or fashion-forward this season. Throw this flowery H&M pair over a black crochet bodysuit for a hip look.

Just like the mismatched umbrellas pegged across your favorite beach, don't be afraid to mix textures with pattern. According to Bellman, summer is the time to embrace as much color as you can. Finish the look with a lightweight denim jacket to ward off a late-night chill. Whether stripping down to your one-piece or tying on the pants, this outfit proves just how easy it is to go with the flow.

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Swimsuit, $34.96, Aerie

Aerie.com

Jersey Pants, $69.90, Express

Express.com

White Denim Jacket, $34.99, H&M

HM.com

Boat shoes to yacht kicks

For the guy who packs lightly, this summer outfit really works for different occasions. Shirtless won't fly at most restaurants — even in July — but these board shorts will! Trade in the sunscreen for a white button-down and transform your bathing suit into dinner-date-worthy shorts. The same pair of boat shoes you wore through the hot sand will finish off this outfit. The effortless look really is that easy ... and stylish, too!

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Shorts, $31, Urban Outfitters

UrbanOutfitters.com

Boat Shoes, $22.00, Kohl's

Kohls.com

With a little salt water in your hair, you'll be ready to throw on these fashion-forward looks and stay comfortable, casual and on-trend all day long.

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