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Poolside to Party

18.05.12

If a poolside party beckons, don’t get caught in simply swimwear, the right styling elevates your look to well past sundown. Take inspiration from Forties Hollywood, by way of Nineties glam grunge and turn things up with layers of luxury - looking cool, polished and party-appropriate.

LUXE LOUNGING

Take your look from pool to party with luxurious accents.

Genesis vest, Larni bikini, Clipper shoes

IT'S A CINCH

Belt your swimsuit for a beautiful silhouette.

Vanessa swimsuit, Seanie coverup, Alberta bracelet, Kane belt, Rainey necklace

NIGHTFALL KNITS

When the sun goes down, pull on a slouchy knit and heels.

Didi knit, Emin shoes, Isa bikini

CONSIDER COATS

Certainly not obvious - most definitely stylish.

Rena jacket, Josh shirt, Lydia swimsuit, Leaf shoes, Barney bag

 

STYLE SALUTATION

Peel off your layers to reveal accessorised swimwear.

Lydia swimsuit, Leaf shoes,

PRINT PUNCH

Statement prints on blazers and maxis up-style your look.

LEFT:  Isa bikini, Naveen skirt (now midi not maxi)  RIGHT: Lady blazer, Larni bikini top, Pippa bikini bikini bottoms

TANK GIRL

Silky vests and camis sit sexily over swimwear.

Genesis vestLarni bikini

EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED

Surprising style choices are awarded with admiration.

Adele blazer, Pippa bikini, Sid shorts, Domenica shoes

LAIDBACK LOUCHE

An open shirt with rolled sleeves is the perfect poolside cover-up.

Josh shirt, Layla bikini, Emilly shorts, Misia heels

ARTISTIC ACCENTS

Painterly florals and skinny stripes work on a blank canvas.

LEFT: Archie top, Scout short, Hansen shoes RIGHT: Penelope dress

DARE TO BARE

Show some skin - champion crop tops or wear your dress back-to-front.

LEFT: Penelope dressPippa bikini  RIGHT: Archie topScout short

About the Shoot

This summer, adopt a stylists’ approach to poolside dressing. Think outside of the pool – you’ll only strip down to those bare essentials when taking a dip, so when poolside (side being the operative word), you should turn your look up a notch.

Consider the scenarios; pool-by-day can quickly turn to pool-by-night – all it takes is the sinking of the sun and the sudden availability of a cool drink to hand. Next thing, the music turns up and you find yourself at a bonafide pool party. This is when being caught in just a bikini won’t do.

Of course, the base to your look will always lie with swimwear (no matter what you pile on top). Swimwear this season is bright and bold in statement, eye-catching prints. However, don’t settle for matchy, matchy satisfaction, instead enjoy a colour clash and mix your swimwear pieces, it’s far more exciting.

Consider party possibilities when styling your poolside look. Delve into your wardrobe and select luxurious pieces which can effortlessly turn their hands to ‘the pool party’. It’s about taking things that are already there and making them work for the occasion.

Something of an ode to Forties Hollywood via the glam grunge of the Nineties, these stylish and layered, yet somehow understated looks exude a polished luxury, lending themselves wonderfully to sunset soirees.

For instance; belts cinch the waist on a one-piece for a beautiful silhouette, statement espadrilles with a blazer demonstrate an understanding of the unique, and a contrasting, open shirt over your swimsuit shows style nous.

These unexpected and undeniably glamorous fusions will come into their own when the sun goes down and that party spirit kicks in.