What To Wear To A Poolside Hang & Not Feel, Well, Naked

If there's one thing New Yorkers love about summer, it's a good rooftop — namely, one with a pool. Since we don't typically have the luxury of a backyard, we look forward to the season when we can get out of the city on the weekends (or sneak our way into a hotel's top floor paradise) and dip our toes into some body of water.
The only thing more difficult than finding a poolside hangout is deciding what to what to wear to them. Of course, if we're planning on taking a dip, we'll been in a bathing suit, but, we'll also be socializing, snacking, and maybe even heading to another occasion straight afterwards. We're all for showing off whatever you've got, but spending the entire day in a bikini can feel a little naked — and we'd rather take the opportunity to get creative with our cover-ups.
This isn't just a swimsuit-and-cover-up situation, though. This is about the full outfit. And with plenty of rooftop days, afternoons, and evenings in our future, the five looks ahead will hopefully spark a whole list of other ideas to pull from. Because we all gotta look good for the deep-end 'gram, amiright?
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Sheer pieces really are a girl's best friend come summer. Throw a slightly see-through dress over a high-waisted bikini, and finish it off with some accessories that just scream 'pool party.' With some hoop earrings, you'll be looking chic by la piscine — and you'll feel covered up enough to go from pool to subway to grocery store and beyond.

Tutu Zoya Light Blue, $110, available at Tutu; Amir Slama Sheer Panel Dress, $764, available at Farfetch; Vanessa Seward Dakar Painted Straw Tote, $275, available at Net-A-Porter; Soludos Graphic Floral Embroidered Mule Slide, $65, available at Soludos; Laura Lombardi Medium Story, $70, available at Laura Lombardi.
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One of the best things about the of-the-moment swimsuit styles is that many of them can double as clothing. Case in point: this cropped swim top, which totally works in or out of the water. Just throw on a pair of summery, printed shorts over your bathing-suit bottoms, and grab fun accessories, like a hot pink (and waterproof) beach tote, complementary sunglasses, and straw slides. You’ll be the talk of the pool party.

Stella McCartney Grapefruit Shorts, $255, available at Moda Operandi; South Beach PVC Transparent Beach Bag, $24, available at ASOS; MONOKEL Barstow, $135, available at Voyager; Carmelinas Nina Espadrille Slides, $125, available at Shopbop.
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You know we're fans of wearing one-pieces as tops, and we fully plan on putting this styling tip to use while chilling poolside. Instead of jeans, which can feel a bit restricting come 90-degree temperatures, try an airy pair of paper-bag-waist trousers, some platform sandals, and yes, yet another basket bag to seal the deal.

Sidway Anderson One Piece, $138, available at Sidway; Johanna Ortiz Fisherman Pants, $518, available at Moda Operandi; Teva Flatform Sandal, $60, available at Teva; Tarin Thomas Jordan White Topaz, $128, available at Tarin Thomas; The Frankie Shop Woven Straw Basket Bag, $149, available at The Frankie Shop.
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Need even a bit more coverage? This swimsuit basically acts like a T-shirt (which is a good way to avoid getting sunburned, too). Pair it with a flow-y skirt, an equally-protective sunhat, and a catch-all tote, and you're down to sit in the shallow end until further notice.

J.Crew Open-back Short-sleeve One-piece Swimsuit, $98, available at J.Crew; Zara Striped Skirt, $49.90, available at Zara; Mango Bow Satin Sandals, $149.99, available at Mango; Opening Ceremony Medium Plaid Tote Bag, $30, available at Opening Ceremony; Lack of Color Woven Hat, $99, available at Need Supply.
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You can't go wrong with denim shorts, right? Especially with a smocked top, some tinted shades, a novelty clutch, and super-sparkly shoes, your look says you're the life of the (pool) party (even if you avoid the whole cannon-balling into the deep-end thing).

Lisa Marie Fernandez Selena Smocked Black Crepe Bikini, $395, available at Lisa Marie Fernandez; & Other Stories Denim Mini Shorts, $55, available at & Other Stories; ASOS Straw Shell Clutch Bag with Strap, $45, available at ASOS; Gentle Monster Ranny Ring, $260, available at Gentle Monster; Intentionally Blank Chit Chat Disco Slides, $155, available at Lisa Says Gah.
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Pool parties are your middle name, so you've got your pool slides and waterproof tote on-hand. Throw on your favorite black two-piece (again, with a top that doubles as, well, a top) and some comfy shorts, and you're ready to hang.

Lonely Connie Bikini Textured Black, $104.43, available at Lonely; Lonely Connie Brief Textured Black, $93.27, available at Lonely; COS Large Canvas Bag, $49, available at COS; Year of Ours Sweat Short, $68, available at Year of Ours; Rachel Comey Passo Earrings, $125, available at ModeSens.

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