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How to be fashionable at a pool party

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A few years ago, I found this helpful guide on WikiHow on how to really bring your A-game to a pool party. It’s pretty much become my pool party manifesto, I follow it religiously. This is the kind of thing that should be taught in schools.

  1. Carry a cute beach bag, stripes or polka-dots are best.
  2. Put on a bikini or swimsuit that looks good on you.
  3. Have a funky beach towel to lie on and make it quite big, as other people might want to chat and sit on your towel.
  4. Cover up with summery layers. Try a cute skirt/wrap or short shorts over your swimsuit. You could also try a little bolero or string top over your swimsuit.
  5. Put on some waterproof mascara if you want.
  6. Make sure you shave before you go.
  7. Get summery beach hair by encouraging natural waves. Take a shower, put in some hair gel or hair spray, and scrunch your hair. You can also get curl cream.
  8. Accessorise! Try to avoid loose jewellery though, you don’t want it to fall off. Try some glittery hair clips, earrings, and any other jewellery that you don’t mind getting wet. Big bracelets are cool.
  9. Have a hot pair of shades! Try to wear some designer sunglasses if you have the money. If not, there are plenty of cheaper imitations of the real deal. Always get big, chunky ones.
  10. Don’t forget your sunscreen! Try a spray on - they go on easier AND give your skin a nice shimmer/shine! Sometimes a scented sunscreen like coconut can be fun, and will be pleasant relief from the regular smell.
  11. Wear a cute pair of flip-flops.
  12. Make sure everything - Swimsuit, Sunglasses, Towel, Beach Bag, Nail Polish, Jewellery, and Flip-Flops - are all in BRIGHT, summery, and funky colours. You’ll be a total beach babe!
  13. Get out there and socialise!

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