5 Effortless Pool Party Outfits to Make an Entrance In

The only thing you'll worry about is which cocktail to drink.

Two models sit in pool party attire.
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Alert: 2019 will be the summer of pool parties.  (opens in new tab)Maybe you've already booked a trip to Vegas to partake in the beach club festivities, or, if you're me, plan to stay local and rent a house somewhere out of the city that has a pool so you can throw a soirée with friends. But once you've decided on your plans—see you in the Hamptons?—you'll need to pack some outfits. Swimsuits are all but a given (opens in new tab), but what do you wear on top? If you need ideas, a.k.a. some outfit inspo, I have planned out all your looks, and by default, mine, below. Show up to your pool party all dressed up and get ready to eat, drink, and schmooze.

1. The Cover-Up Outfit

The beach coverup outfit.

(Image credit: Design by Morgan McMullen)

A see-through caftan is the kind of cover-up you need if you plan on 1. drying off fast through your clothes and 2. showing off your bikini. That's why you should opt for this colored gingham print two piece, which contains enough color to really pop underneath a tunic. The mesh material will also ensure you continue working on that tan/soaking up the vitamin D as you lounge poolside to eat and drink.

Shop the pieces: 1. Flagpole caftan (opens in new tab), $4752. Marysia gingham bikini top (opens in new tab) ($195)3. Marysia gingham bottom (opens in new tab) ($195)4. Barneys New York straw tote (opens in new tab), $475. Hunter Original adjustable slide (opens in new tab), $34

2. The Denim Shorts Outfit

A beach outfit built around denim shorts.

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Denim shorts are a pool-party staple because they're so easy to wear. Skip the shirt and simply wear your bikini (this one works because it looks like a crop top) with your cutoffs. Arrive to the pool ready to jump in! A panama hat, a woven tote with a pouch to keep your belongings try, and comfy slides are the only accessories you'll need.

Shop the pieces: 1. Patbo paradise print bikini top (opens in new tab), $150; 2. Levi's denim shorts (opens in new tab), $60; 3. Halogen panama hat (opens in new tab), $394. Topshop tote bag (opens in new tab), $40; 5. Clarks tan leather slides (opens in new tab), $100

3. The Sarong Outfit

A beach outfit built around a sarong.

(Image credit: Design by Morgan McMullen)

If your favorite black sarong needs a little pick-me-up this season, style it with a sequined bikini. The glittery two piece will definitely stand out at the party, but won't look totally out of place thanks to the black cover-up. (We love this one from Melissa Odabash, which has pom-pom edges.) A wide brim hat and sunglasses add to your "yes, I look ahmazing vibe," while cute leather sandals and bag keep your fashionista game on point.

Shop the pieces: 1. Oseree sequined bikini (opens in new tab), $2952. Siraleah straw hat (opens in new tab), $353. Gentle Monster x Fendi sunglasses (opens in new tab), $4304Melissa Odabash sarong (opens in new tab), $1235. Zara crossover sandals (opens in new tab), $466. Topshop rope bag (opens in new tab), $52

4. The Dress Outfit

A dressy beach outfit.

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In a time crunch? For an outfit that can take you from the pool to anywhere else that day, you'll want to slip into a dress. This one from Mara Hoffman hides your bikini at that semi-fancy restaurant with your mom while a cool straw bucket hat and pair of slides complete the casual but 100 percent on-trend look.

Shop the pieces: 1. Eric Javits straw hat (opens in new tab), $2402. Mara Hoffman cotton maxi dress (opens in new tab), $3953. H&M bikini top (opens in new tab), $184. H&M bikini bottom (opens in new tab), $135. Frances Valentine tote bag (opens in new tab), $2256. Kaanas slides (opens in new tab), $129

5. The Two-Piece Set Outfit

A beach outfit built around a matching shirt and skirt combo.

(Image credit: Design by Morgan McMullen)

There's an expectation that if you're attending a pool party, you'll actually wade into the pool. But if today is not that day, totally fine. Lounge on a chair is this comfy two-piece set that gives the ultimate resort vibes with your drink in hand. A pineapple tote and espadrille heels keep the outfit fun and light. Do stash a swimsuit in your bag JIC you change your mind about taking a quick dip, though. (Peer pressure, I know.)

Shop the pieces: 1. Jade Swim black one-piece swimsuit (opens in new tab), $2202. Cult Gaia striped button-down (opens in new tab), $3203. Cult Gaia midi skirt (opens in new tab), $5234. Lack of Color straw hat (opens in new tab), $1825. Jeff Wan pineapple tote (opens in new tab), $886. Dolce Vita espadrille wedge (opens in new tab), $120


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Marina Liao
Fashion Editor

Marina Liao is the former fashion news editor at MarieClaire.com, where she covered celebrity style (from Meghan Markle to Katie Holmes), fashion trends, and shopping advice, plus conducted original interviews with industry insiders. She's also had many opportunities to write content in other areas such as beauty, food, tech, and even home. Her previous fashion stints include POPSUGAR and Cosmopolitan.