Creating a stylish and cohesive look for the pool can be as stressful as getting ready for a cocktail party. There are tons of suits, sandals and totes to choose from and a limited amount of summer weekends. No need to stress: I’ve rounded up three of my favorite poolside personalities to help you find inspiration, shop with ease and spend more time on the beach and less time getting dressed.
From Boardroom to the Beach: Do-It-All Totes
Nod to Nantucket
For those who prefer a bit of prep, you’ll feel at ease with playful, classic and colorful pieces that embody Nantucket’s modern Americana vibe. I love how traditional seersucker gets sultry in bikini form. An easy embroidered slip dress in marine blue also goes best with bare feet and a lobster roll. A fun straw tote with accents of grosgrain ribbon in weathered red adds a bit of whimsy and further channels the understated nature of New England’s most pristine isle.
If you love a red lip, sipping champagne on an oversized chaise and daydream about Capri, these pieces are destined to suit your sophisticated tastes. A sleek black strapless bikini top and bottom is the epitome of St. Tropez chic and promises the most tasteful tan lines. For your aprés-swim activities, Red Carter’s printed dress is a cover-up with a couture sensibility with its off the shoulder silhouette, inspired botanical print and just a touch of fringe. Finish the look with Saint Laurent’s patent leather slides for a killer and feminine way to show off a fresh pedicure.
Your home may be on the East Coast, but your heart may always be in California. Pieces that are equal parts sun-kissed, effortless and free-spirited create a look that embodies a summer state of mind. As artsy as it is flattering, this one-piece boasts both crochet lace and a sweet floral print. If you dream of a cover-up that is as cozy as your robe, you’ll love this sheer printed lace kimono, which layers perfectly over swimsuits and tanks. Finish the look with braided raffia slides that feel authentically beachy and Rebecca Minkoff’s striped woven tote that has Moroccan bazaar vibes written all over it.