I will let you in on a little secret, pool parties can be just as chic as any other party, and you should dress accordingly.
Dress to the Max
This summer I suggest a maxi dress with a great wedge. If you are a petite woman, look for a maxi that is cut shorter in front and pair it with a nude wedge. This will elongate your silhouette. For you tall girls, any maxi is great for you, try it with a flat sandal in a neon color.
Chances are,if it looks good in the fitting room mirrors, it will look great by the pool.
Selecting a great fitting swim suit is essential. Visit a store like Nordstrom or Everything but Water and work with a fit specialist. Chances are, if it looks good in the fitting room mirrors, it will look great by the pool. Some of my favorite lines include Vix of Brazil and L*Space of California.
Jewelry is important. Choose pieces that will hold up in the water. I like the idea of raw stones or shells mixed with real metals like gold, silver and platinum. Ross-Simons.com offers beautifully layered necklaces made of raw aquamarine. I have found great pool jewels at Cost Plus World Market next to the Cherry Creek Shopping Center as well as Forever 21.
There is no question a hat and sunglasses are critical. I love a bright, wide brim hat. When hat shopping, pick a size that is proportional to your body size. You don’t want to look like you did when you were little wearing your mother’s hat. Sunglasses fit into this same rule. Try on several pair in different sizes, colors, and shapes. Look for styles that flatter the shape of your face. Just because the Olsen twins can pull off oversized glasses, does not make it right for you.
This summer there are so many great styles of straw tote bags. I like the idea of a natural color straw tote bag with leather straps. Keeping your bag neutral allows you to layer color in with your clothes, jewels and accessories. J.Crew has a great option, their Farmer’s Market bag, is available in navy or natural. Pick a simple style, in a neutral color and you can use this tote for summers to come.
I hope this mini guide helps you to create the perfect pool party look this summer.
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Tracy E. Bozarth | Fashion Director
According to Vivienne Westwood, "You have a much better life if you wear impressive clothes." As a stylist in the fashion industry for over 10 years, I have found this to be true. I work with Neiman Marcus Denver, People Stylewatch Magazine, and I am the current Fashion Director for 303 Magazine.