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Inspiring Looks

P is for Poolside. Be prepped and prepared…what to wear poolside this summer.

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Falling in love with summer, but dreading what to wear to pool parties? While SPF 30+++, lip sunscreen, shades, and a towel make your pool party list, a few other fun items could too. Summer offers a time to play a bit with your personal style—so have fun, experiment, and enjoy a more laid back look.





 Let’s take the term “weekend” to a whole new level—relaxed chic, destination appropriate, and effortlessly pulled together. Below are a few favorite looks of the season and inspiring ideas for putting them all together.

Suit Yourself.

Whether surfer girl (California or Hawaii inspired), bohemian chic, or you’d like to turn up the heat Miami style, having suits to choose from always lends a hand when choosing pool party attire-and creates a foundation to build around.

Look for detailed one-pieces, electric animal prints, sporty silhouettes, punchy patterns, and ocean wave colors.

Create your very own swim shop with three suit staples—ultra sun (and most revealing—usually a barely there bikini), a detailed ‘family appropriate’ one-piece with on trend details (think sharp jewel tones, ruffles, and muted metallic metals), and a suit that lands somewhere in between—super trendy, and fun to pull out for the ultimate party.

A few things to keep in mind when shopping for trendy suits this summer: try on a variety of styles, don’t get hung up on the size, and go for what best fits your body. Through trial and error, you will find the perfect suit to add to your collection. Look for detailed one-pieces, electric animal prints, sporty silhouettes, punchy patterns, and ocean wave colors. Most stores have a mix and match section, allowing you to choose the best silhouettes for you and providing an opportunity to pair different colors and patterns together-try a stripe on top, a pattern on the bottom or vice versa. This will give you versatility, as well as provide longevity for the season and its up and coming parties.

Cover Up.

The cover up is your ultimate accessory—it's functional, but also provides opportunity to reflect style. You can’t go wrong with bandeau, tunic, smocked terry, or hoody cover up details, in brights or neutral textured tones. Gravitate toward jewel-toned cover-ups with fun colorful suits. Basic suit colors (black, white, navy, and brown) require a more neutral hue. Don’t be afraid of texture.

Experiment with a shirtdress for an unexpected and chic cover up for a less casual pool party (the ones where you never actually get in the pool). A shirtdress offers a flexible yet crisp appeal.

Flip Flop.

Dressed up or down, flips flops, sandals, and slides are always pool appropriate and serve as a cool must have for a hot summer. Make a statement this summer with embellished ankle straps, muted metallics, classic neutrals, and a splash of turquioise.

Complete your look with a lightweight bag (the bigger the better) and you are set to soak up the sun and make a poolside impression.

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