Remember that scene in Sex and the City when Samantha gets thrown out of Soho House in an undignified manner? (In the episode, the New York City heat prompts her to impersonate a club member using a forgotten key card she found in order to go swimming in the club's pool.)
Samantha's outfit of choice—a white cutout swimsuit worn with a mesh cover-up, heels and blingy chandelier earrings—perfectly epitomises that notion that poolside manner should always remain polished. You might be on a lounger, but your outfit requires as much thought, if not more, than your general everyday wear. After all, you won't be spending all your time actually in the pool. So not only do you need a truly great swimsuit, but you also need something to throw on over it (and something to throw on after dark). Lastly, you need your look to be comfortable.
Lucky for you, we've rounded up the best outfit choices to solve this summer dilemma so you can spend the whole time having fun at the pool party.
Outfit #1: Fun Skirt + Tee
The '90s are so in right now. This skirt-and-top combo is the perfect pool party outfit for so many reasons. Throw it on over a bikini for an early-morning Bellini; take the skirt off to sunbathe; switch it around by wearing the skirt with your bikini top for cocktails and dancing as the sun goes down. Oh, and rose-tinted spectacles are essential.
Practical and colourful.
So flirty and versatile.
The ultimate pair of summer shoes.
This fruity top and matching High-Leg Bikini Bottoms (£22) are so fun.
Outfit #2: Swimsuit + Skirt
Make your pool party wardrobe work for you by turning your swimsuit into part of your outfit. Find one with a neckline that looks more like a top, and then team it with a bohemian midi skirt to add a bit of elegance. A beaded bag and slip-on sandals finish this look off perfectly.
The most top-like swimsuit ever.
The big front makes this midi a bit more casual.
Shells are in this season. You can also wear them on your shoes.
Pack everything in this roomy tote.
Outfit #3: Poolside Co-Ord
There's always one person who is so well co-ordinated at every minute of the day that you wonder how they manage it. But co-ordinating at the poolside has its benefits. For one, you don't have to worry about everything matching–especially if you pick pieces from a resort wear brand that are made to be worn together. Invest in them now, and wear them for summers to come.
The belted detail on this is so flattering.
Swap the hat for a headband this season.
Outfit #4: Bikini + Matching Inflatable
Because no pool party would be complete without the ubiquitous pool inflatable.
You could practically go sailing on this.
Like a rubber ring, but better.
How happy is this pool floaty?
Now you're all set for your upcoming summer parties. You can thank us later.