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Pool party fashion checklist

Jessica Padykula is a freelance writer and editor in Toronto, Canada covering a wide range of  topics for several online lifestyle publications. She is a regular contributor for SheKnows, covering travel, style, relationships, health and...

Pool party style

Pool parties are one of the quintessential ways to celebrate summer and we’re willing to bet you’ll be heading to more than a few these last few weeks of the season. To help get you ready for any poolside soirees you’re attending while the temperatures are rising, we pulled together some seriously cute party looks you’ll love.

cute black and white striped option

Tank dress

It’s a pool party, not a cocktail party, which means you want to look good -- but effortlessly so. That’s where the tank dress, like this cute black and white striped option, is a great choice (bloomingdales.com, $40). Add a pair of platform wedge sandals when you’re not near the water, a few colorful bangles and you’re ready to impress.

Guess monokin

Sexy swimsuit

Your number one pool party essential (along with sunscreen) is a swimsuit you feel great in. We’re partial to this ultra-flattering Guess monokini in solid black with sexy side cut-outs, ruffle detailing and a slightly padded bust (swimspot.com, $89). If you don’t want or need the padding, it’s conveniently removable.

maxi dress

Bandeau maxi

If you’d rather your post-swim outfit be a little longer, we suggest a simple but stylish maxi dress like this one in bold swaths of body-hugging color (asos.com, $41). Made from lightweight jersey, this easy-wearing strapless summer dress features a color block stripe design in peach, white, turquoise and royal blue.

jelly sandals

Pool-ready sandals

By all means, pack a pair of heels for when everyone’s out of and away from the water, but for daytime we suggest something simple. We love this pair of cute, comfy jelly sandals in a feminine rose gold hue (dorotheyperkins.com, $12). The price point is perfect and they go with everything, from your bikini to your post-pool maxi dress.

Stylish shades

Stylish shades

Complete your pool party look with some stylish eyewear. We’re always drawn to more classic designs, so we jumped at the chance to add this simple but elegant pair to our summer arsenal (anthropologie.com, $38). They’re timeless, versatile and go with just about any hot weather look we throw together.

Diane von Furstenberg tote bag

Large tote

Add a splash of color to your pool party look with this vibrant, oversize Diane von Furstenberg tote bag, big enough to carry all your essentials and then some (dvf.com, $98). The vibrant canvas tote is covered in a floral print and makes packing everything you need for the party a snap.

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