Foolproof Pool Party Outfits to Wear This Summer

Foolproof Pool Party Outfits to Wear This Summer

Nothing instills a sense of childlike glee like the prospect of a pool party. But that glee can quickly turn to sartorial stress with the single question, "What the heck do I wear?" Instead of shying away from the party and its dubious dress code, seize the opportunity to light up the the pool deck in an outfit way more fabulous than anything you get to wear to the office. Whether your summer style is trendy and neon or sophisticated and chic—or somewhere in that in between sweet spot—we’ve got just the pool party outfit to steal the show.

A seemingly basic one-piece is spruced up with a brassy cutout, sweet bow, and sporty racerback. Wear it with a striped button-up beach shirt and trendy paperbag shorts, and you’re taking a classic look out for a fresh spin. Partnered with retro white glasses and easy summer slides, this outfit is as breezy and chic as they come.

You can’t go wrong with a classic black bikini, especially when it’s worn under a sheer chiffon shirt dress with a healthy dose of drama. Grab a cult-classic tote, step into some woven Moroccan heels, throw on a straight-out-of-Old-Hollywood hat, and strut on to the pool deck as the most glam guest there.

If you can’t mix peek-a-boo cutouts and Brazilian embroidery at a pool party, then where can you? Add in the on-trend olive-green short shorts and the gauzy split V-neck, and you’ll be the standout in every group shot.

This flirty suit from Swimsuits for All doesn’t just support every curve, it doubles as the perfect top to this delightful skirt from Anthropologie’s new plus-size line. Complete with a floppy hat and four-inch wedges, this look will bring all the sunshine to the pool party.

Mid-length trunks in an unexpected shade, like lilac, plus a moisture-wicking T-shirt with built-in sun protection is a foolproof formula for a summer day in the sun. A tie-dyed Yankees cap (or Dodgers, if they’re more your thing) keeps your scalp safe and starts a conversation or two.

Go glam or go home for a Vegas pool party. This flashy, festival-ready ensemble definitely falls into the “go glam” camp; glints of swimsuit gold will peep through this sexy, boho crocheted two-piece, whose dramatic fringe-y hems will swish with you sashay across the pool deck.

Vegas isn’t the place for dumpy athletic shorts or drab slides. Break out of tired pool-day go-tos and into eye-grabbing patterns and color-blocked pieces.

Bold neons bring a sporty-casual look to life. With a cropped sweatshirt thrown into the mix, you’ll be down to party long after the sun sets.

Just because the sun has gone down doesn’t mean there’s no room for some color. This rather amazing leopard-print/floral design combo serves up all the drama that a nighttime pool party deserves.

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