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Pool Party Outfit Ideas: 13 Stylish Picks to Wear

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You can expect to get a lot of invitations to spend time poolside during the spring and summer. The majority of us gravitate towards a particular swimsuit style. However, choosing the rest of our outfit can be a difficult task. You have to consider the time of day and the weather, but also the practicality of the outfit for spending long hours at the pool.

What’s the answer? Choose pieces that are versatile and lightweight. You can wear a white tank top with shorts to a beach party during the day. Want to dress up your look for a nighttime party? A breezy sundress, or skirt with strappy heels is always a good choice. By sticking to pieces that are easily transformed from a cover-up to a full blown “fit”, you can eliminate the need for an additional outfit and have more fun with your accessories.

We’ve put together a list with 13 items that you should bring to your next pool party, whether you’re hopping in the water or relaxing poolside.

A Sundress

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Sundresses are a wardrobe staple for warm weather that you can always count on. The relaxed shape of the sundress is perfect for wearing over a bathing suit. It’s also comfortable to wear poolside. You can elevate the look by wearing strappy sandals or go casual with flip-flops.

A Tube top

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Tube tops are our favorite because of their retro vibes and the fact that they can be paired with almost any bottom. This top can be paired with anything from a cargo short to a linen midi skirt for an effortless, playful look. Style a tube-top with a bolero, platform sandals and a bolero to dress it up for a pool party at night.

Statement Sunglasses

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A pool party offers the perfect chance to switch out your traditional sunglasses for something more original. Sunglasses with unique designs, such as a cat-eye or a green shade, will elevate your style. Incorporate the color of the sunglasses into your outfit to make them stand out.

A Wrap Skirt

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Wrap skirts are the perfect bottoms to create a flirty look at the pool. They can be worn with a bikini, or a top that matches. There are many different lengths to choose from, whether you want a midi, mini or asymmetrical skirt. Choose a wrap-style skirt with ruffles or fringe if you like statement pieces.

Denim Shorts

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Denim shorts are still a great option for a cool girl look. If you want to achieve a relaxed look for the pool, cutoff shorts can help. But if you need more coverage, Bermudas shorts offer a more modest and eye-catching option. Consider wearing denim shorts that are a different color, such as yellow or green.

Platform Sandals

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The chunky flip-flops were popular in the early 2000s. They are a great option for a poolside party. They are easy to slip on and off, making them a great option for quick dips. But, thanks to the platform design, you can still wear them as a stylish statement. Choose chunky platform slides or strappy sandals for a more classic look.

A Linen Set

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Linen is an incredibly breathable, lightweight fabric. It is perfect for hot days at the pool. When paired with swimsuits or bralettes, shorts and a top buttoned down look great. For a more sophisticated look, we suggest a halter-top and wide-leg trousers.

A Straw Bag

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Straw bags can add a touch of personality to any outfit. This style of purse is both fashionable and versatile. A straw tote can fit your pool party essentials including your towel and favorite SPF. However, a top handle purse will look more sophisticated at night.


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Overalls are another practical option. Overalls look cool and casual when worn with the strap undone over a bathing suit. They can also be worn with a T shirt and cardigan to create a day-to night look. Consider wearing short overalls, or a pair of lightweight overalls on those hot summer days.

A Crochet Hat

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Crochet hats will elevate your poolside headwear. A crocheted design, whether it’s for a bucket or a sun hat with floppy brims, will add a vintage touch to your outfit. If you’re planning to wear a bikini, pair your hat and crocheted bikini together for a coordinated look.

A Silk Scarf

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Pieces that can be fashioned into different looks will come in handy for long days at the pool. Wear a silk scarves as a scarf or headband to tame flyaways. If you’re feeling more creative, try wearing your silk scarf like a halter-top or a sarong to create an ultra cool look.

A White Tank Top

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You need a quick outfit to get out the door when you are rushing? Wear a white tank with denim shorts, a miniskirt or even a denim skirt. This is a great option for a simple, stylish, and comfortable top that can be worn over a bathing suit or by itself.

A Slouchy Jumper

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You may not think to bring a sweater with you, but when the wind blows, you will thank yourself. Wearing a slouchy, oversized sweater over your outfit will add warmth. It also looks chic when worn off the shoulder.

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