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What to Wear to a Pool Party: 20 Chic Outfit Ideas

Grab your bathing suit–pool party season is here! Whether you’re headed to an adult pool party or a family-friendly affair, these pool party outfit ideas are sure to inspire you. 

The great thing about pool party outfits nowadays is that there are sooooo many chic coverups.

Forget the old trick of just throwing on denim shorts over a swimsuit and instead, try a chic resortwear look.

Read on for some great options you can wear to your next pool party, that will have you arriving in style. 

What to wear to a pool party if You’re not swimming

If you’re 100% sure you’re not going to be swimming at the pool party, then go for resortwear and resort chic vibes.

Instead of layering with a swimsuit, look for easy, breezy outfits.

backless white summer maxi dress from Lulus

I wore this white backless dress recently to a pool party I knew I wouldn’t be swimming at. A flowy maxi dress is an excellent go-to when you aren’t swimming and can really make the perfect pool party outfit.

Add a straw hat and you’ve got the perfect look.


This beach maxi dress is a similar vibe and would be another cute pool party outfit idea if you’re not swimming.

For resortwear chic, you can’t go wrong with a matching set and Revolve has SO many good ones.

This one in particular is a recent favorite; be sure to size down on the skirt as it runs large. I also sized up on the crop top for a longer fit.

This matching set is another favorite. It’s hard to tell from the photo but it has the prettiest, shimmery detail.

If you’re looking for a stylish pool party outfit and know the kind of party it is, this outfit makes a killer option.

It’s giving pool party vibes, yet you’re not committed to a swimsuit.

A bright white outfit is always a good idea, especially if you need this for a poolside white party outfit!

This summery dress is another good option that would easily translate from pool party look to dinner out!

Bright colors are also perfect for the summer months but if that isn’t your jam, this one does come in 4 other colorways.

This shimmery, backless dress would look gorgeous at dressy poolside parties or a beach party, especially if you don’t want to incorporate your swimsuit into your outfit but still want to dress for the occasion.

What to wear to an adults-only pool party

An adults-only pool party calls for something a little more glam, or maybe even more risqué.

You can definitely show some more skin at these parties, whether or not you decide to swim!

This sheer green jumpsuit is stunning on. It’s a beautiful bold color and basically backless, making it the perfect coverup for an adult pool party.

This one looks best with a bikini and some cute wedges (runs long).

Here are even more adult pool party outfit ideas:

swimsuit coverup for bikini two piece set white

This coverup is great in case you may be swimming. It’s perfect over a two-piece swimsuit and can also be worn at a pool party with kids.

You can try something sexier for an adults-only pool party, and this sheer coverup with pearl details definitely delivers.

It also comes in black and maxi-length options. Throw it over your bikini top and bottoms and you’re good to go.

blue crochet coverup cupshe amazon

This crochet coverup is very on-trend and can be worn with a bikini or one-piece. It also is well-priced at under $35 and comes in 12 colorways. It’s a casual look that’s perfect for sunny days at the pool.

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crochet coverup dress maxi length venus

This maxi-length crochet coverup dress is an excellent pool party outfit idea and it’s under $55!

white button down coverup

The white button-down coverup is classic for a reason! This one from Cupshe is an affordable find under $35.

If your budget allows, I highly recommend this loose white button-down coverup from Revolve. It’s flowy, a very lightweight fabric and I’ve worn it so many ways on beach vacations–it’s perfect for pool parties!

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What to wear to a pool party with kids

If you’re headed to a pool party with kids, then you’ll probably want something a bit more conservative yet still poolside ready.

This crochet maxi-length coverup from Amazon has been a great find and would be appropriate for a summer pool party where kids are at.

It’s also super affordable and comes in a ton of different colors.

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Best Swimsuit Coverups
cream crochet coverup

This crochet coverup is an affordable Amazon find that comes in 20 colors and is priced under $40. It’s also flattering on every body type.

one piece print blue swimsuit with matching skirt

I’m also loving this blue swimsuit with matching coverup skirt. This is another affordable Amazon find and it makes getting dressed easy since it’s coordinated for you.

Since it’s a one-piece swimsuit, it’s more on the conservative side so would work well as an outfit idea for a pool party with kids!I Classy moms will love this look.

This button-down style coverup is another excellent find. This would work for any pool party or beach outfit idea and will take you from the pool to dinner in style. It comes in 23 colors and looks so cute styled with a straw bag.

white ruffle coverup skirt

This ruffle skirt coverup will turn any swimsuit into a cute outfit that’s perfect for a pool day.

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More Pool Party Outfit Tips

  • Plan your outfit around your swimsuit. If you’re thinking of going swimming, or on the fence, then definitely plan your coverup or outfit around that.
  • Accessorize– Don’t forget to accessorize with a cute hat, sunnies and a bit of jewelry! I always go for big earrings for a chic look and you can always try body chains.
  • You don’t have to wear a swimsuit. Pick one of the beachy-looking resortwear outfits from this post and channel the pool vibes!
  • Skip the high heels. Opt for wedges or flat sandals instead!

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