Here’s the situation. You’ve been invited to a summer pool party and now you’re freaking because, like, what on EARTH do you wear? Breathe girl. You got this and we can help. First, get yourself a suit that makes you feel like the queen that you are. Second, add some style.

Your pool party outfit should be anything but fussy, so don’t fret about it! Don’t go overboard because casual is key. Think simple, stylish and easy to put together. We have five pool-side friendly outfits to give you some inspiration.

Outfit 1

Second hand pool party outfit

Cut-offs and a tee can be considered a chic pool party outfit when given a slight upgrade. Find yourself a bikini top with thick straps that cup your shoulders (trend alert!), like this piece from Bongo. Match it up with your favorite cut-offs like this pair from Calvin Klein. Stripes can sometimes look preppy, so we like the distressed detail on the shorts because it adds a perfect touch of carefree to keep the look casual. If you want to be more covered up, swap out the belly-baring shorts for a pair of overalls or a bibbed skirt, such as this one from American Eagle Outfitters.


Outfit 2

Second hand NWT one piece with kimono

This next pool party outfit is super chic and guaranteed to flatter any body type. Choose a black one-piece suit, like this NWT one from Apt. 9. You cannot go wrong with black as it’s always slimming, and this suit features a trendy scoop neckline. For extra coverage and chic style cred, layer on a lightweight, summery kimono top, like this piece from Victoria’s Secret, also new with tags. Complete your look with a floppy straw hat and oversized sunglasses, and you will be turning heads for all the right reasons.


Outfit 3

Second hand pool party outfit with bikini

Nothing says pool-party ready like a one-shoulder tropical print dress. Match up this cute summer dress from Apt. 9 with a black, strapless bikini top, like this NWT one from Mossimo. Add a little visual interest to a plain black suit by mixing and matching a solid top with a printed, coordinating bottom, such as this polka dot piece from Old Navy. Add a straw bag and pool-friendly sandals and this outfit just screams chic.


Outfit 4

Second hand pool party outfit with dress

No one wants to struggle out of a swim coverup and worry about exposing a body part. Find a halter top dress, such as this one from New York & Co., that you can simply untie and slide off without risking a show. To avoid double-tan lines, we would pair it up with a strapless suit, like this NWT Mossimo piece with pretty lace cutouts. We also would tie up a corner of a long dress to make it look more casual and slightly shorter.


Outfit 5

NWT bikini pool party outfit

Yes, you can wear a long skirt to the pool! The secret to this look is balancing your proportions so you don’t look overdressed. Pair a midi-skirt, like this Lauren Conrad piece, with your favorite bikini top. We chose this NWT Billabong bikini top and bottom with a bold print that plays off the color of the skirt.

— Team reStitch


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