When you look good, you feel good, and with the warm weather upon us, chances are you have plenty of fun in the sun planned for your pool. Bathing suits seem like they were created to make people self-conscious, but if you know what to wear and how to wear it anybody, no matter what size or shape, can make a splash at the pool party. There's something out there for everybody, from conservative to flashy, and from teeny bikinis to one-pieces and wraps. Men may seem to have more limited choices, but accessorizing can usually solve that problem!
Figure out what works for you
For the ladies it's important to remember that the style of an outfit is not necessarily enhanced by exposing as much flesh as possible, and if kids are attending the party you'll want to tone it down anyway. Don't feel obligated to, but if self-consciousness is all that's holding you back, get a little brave and try a two-piece. If you've been a one-piece type of lady your whole life, ease yourself into it. There are plenty of cover-up options to choose from including sarongs, basic wraps, tunics and maxi dresses.
Maxi dresses are especially versatile as they can be worn all day, and into the night as the party winds down. Even a pair of loose fitting, maybe even sheer, pants would give you coverage while also allowing you to get better acquainted with the idea of wearing a two-piece.
One-pieces are of course an option, and maybe the ladies who normally prefer bikinis should try one on for size. There are plenty of cute designs, many of which come with cut-outs in the stomach area. Show off all that work you put in at the gym with a bathing suit that stands apart from the ever-present bikini. According to Swim Suits Direct, creative cutting will make even a solidly colored one-piece bathing suit stand out. There are plenty of funky styles to choose from every season, as well as more feminine florals.
Dress it up
Once you've chosen your suit and your cover up, it's time to think about accessories. If you plan on jumping in the pool at some point, you'll want to steer clear of more expensive jewelry. Looking cute isn't worth losing an heirloom over. Chunky costume style jewelry will really pop, whether you go for a citrus look with yellow and orange, or a more subdued look with turquoise. Abide by the same rule with necklaces, bracelets and rings: Keep them big and keep them bright! A pool party is the perfect place to really show off your accessorizing prowess, so make it count.
Hats are a must-have for any woman interested in protecting her face from sun damage, and of course they just add more flair to the outfit. If you're a sporty type of girl, try a fitted cap with the logo of your favorite team on it. For those going for a more flirty look, wide brimmed Kentucky Derby style hats will make you feel like a southern belle as you party by the pool. Finish the look off with some sunglasses and you're good to go.
Dressing up the gentlemen
Men can get crafty with their pool party style too, but there's no need to go overboard.There's a debate about Speedos versus trunks, but it's really a matter of personal preference. Speedos may be the right choice for a man who wants to minimize tan lines, increase his range of motion or just try something new. A crowded pool party may not be the right place to take it for a spin the first time around, though. If you're more interested in covering up and being comfortable, you're likely more of a trunks man. Accessorize your look with a hat, whether it's a baseball cap supporting your favorite team, a fedora or a natty little Gatsby. Get creative and have fun with it!