Although the weather is a little topsy-turvy at the moment, sunny days are surely around the bend, which, in turn, means your first pool party is probably penciled into your calendar! Of course, this poses the all-important question of what to wear, which can be troubling if your summer style plan is not in order! Happily, dear readers, we have done some of the homework for you and scouted out a slew of pool party-ready pieces that can be mixed and matched with your current closet to create a summers worth of perfect pool party outfits! Read on to discover what we will be picking up this summer and make sure you take notes as there are plenty of ideas inside!
It goes without saying that if you are attending a pool party this summer, you will wear your favorite swimsuit—if you are still hunting for a new fave, make sure you check out our Summer 2011 Swimwear Guide—but what will you wear when drinking cocktails by the pool or hanging with friends by the barbecue? We suggest you pick up a lightweight, unfussy mini dress that can easily be slipped over your bikini. In particular, we like Tolani’s V-Neck Silk Dress ($112) and Antik Batik’s Olinda Floral-Print Cotton Dress ($61.50). Both dresses have an easy, breezy silhouette and plenty of color. Of course, you aren’t limited to dresses. A pretty blouse paired with a mini skirt is another surefire way to stay casual but look chic. Try pairing a bohemian blouse like Haute Hippie’s Embroidered Gypsy Blouse ($295) with a tribal-print skirt like Pippa Lynn’s Aztec Print Pleated Mini Skirt ($86.20). The result is a hippie-luxe look that will definitely stand out and is on-trend this summer.
When it comes to accessories, you don’t have to keep it so simple. On the contrary, dear readers, we think the bolder the better, especially if you have opted for an otherwise low-key ensemble. Firstly, make sure you pick up a pair of chic sunglasses like the Metal Tipped Oversized Square Sunglasses ($98) by Marc By Marc Jacobs. Not only do sunglasses look stylish, but, of course, they protect your eyes—practical and pretty! We also suggest you invest in sandals that have a heavy dose of color, interesting details, or both! For instance, how amazing are ASOS’S Fran Suede Tassel Sandals ($68.96)? They will look good with just about everything you wear and they are sure to stand out from the crowd. Next, make sure you pick out jewelry that doesn’t feel bulky or restricting. We like Ettika’s Peace Silk Wrap Bracelet ($80). It has a summery vibe and it is lightweight. As for a bag, you definitely want to make sure you pick out something that can tote your phone, your sun cream, your beauty supplies, and all the other vital extras! For that reason, we have picked out the Susu Bag ($175) by Wayuu Taya Foundation. It has a playful bohemian vibe and it gives you easy access to everything you need! Happy shopping!
- V-Neck Silk Dress ($112) by Tolani
- Aztec Print Pleated Mini Skirt ($86.20) by Pippa Lynn
- Metal Tipped Oversized Square Sunglasses ($98) by Marc By Marc Jacobs
- Peace Silk Wrap Bracelet ($80) by Ettika
- Fran Suede Tassel Sandal ($68.96) by ASOS
- Embroidered Gypsy Blouse ($295) by Haute Hippie
- Susu Bag ($175) by Wayuu Taya Foundation
- Olinda Floral-Print Cotton Dress ($61.50) by Antik Batik