These are the seven style tribes you’ll find by the poolside

These are the seven style tribes you’ll find by the poolside | Soho House

Maybe you’re a budgie smugglers at Shoreditch House kind of guy, or perhaps you’re a Mrs microkini in Berlin. Whichever fashion camp you’re in, here’s what to wear when you’re taking a dip

Tuesday 2 August 2022   By Finlay Renwick

A catwalk, a stage and, yes, somewhere to cool off, the pool is the place to be during the height of summer. Whether you’re escaping for a beachside break in Tel Aviv or hitting up your local for a weekend sundowner at 180 House in London, each Soho House has its own unique fashion ecosystem. The all black of Berlin and new wave crochet of LA. Here’s what to wear, and who to look out for, whichever Soho House pool you swim in.
These are the seven style tribes you’ll find by the poolside | Soho House
1. 180 House, London

The dress

It’s Friday, the sun’s out. A few meetings downstairs before a sprint to the pool as 5pm hits, which requires a look that can handle a hasty Zoom and be stuffed into a Prada tote. Birkenstock Bostons – tonal – or utilitarian running shoes, preferably Salomon. Plus, a tennis dress that looks even better when it’s been creased and crumpled a bit.

Dress, £370, margarethowell.co.uk

The trousers

Neutral tones, roomy silhouettes and not a logo in sight. He’s on first-name terms at the Studio Nicholson shop in London’s Soho and might possibly wear shorts if it hits 35 degrees. Otherwise, it’s cropped wide-leg trousers and a Picante in the sunshine. 

Trousers, £195, studionicholson.com
These are the seven style tribes you’ll find by the poolside | Soho House
These are the seven style tribes you’ll find by the poolside | Soho House
These are the seven style tribes you’ll find by the poolside | Soho House
2. Shoreditch House, London

The tank top

New wave London designers mixed with… more new wave London designers. She’s not going to tell you where any of it’s from, but that vest might be from Wales Bonner. Did you catch a glimpse at the label?

Top, £130, Adidas x Wales Bonner at matchesfashion.com

The bucket hat

Grown up swimming-meets-streetwear a la Goodhood look book. The swimming shorts are Japanese nylon ripstop, the bucket hat is tastefully tie-dyed, and the sunglasses are retro wraparound. The kind of Gore-Tex-heavy look that would be bone dry if you decide to take a dip fully clothed… not that we’d encourage that.

Hat, £170, nicolasdaley.com
These are the seven style tribes you’ll find by the poolside | Soho House
These are the seven style tribes you’ll find by the poolside | Soho House
These are the seven style tribes you’ll find by the poolside | Soho House
3. Soho Farmhouse, Oxfordshire

The drapey shirt

Clothes for living out a few days of rural bliss. A drapey shirt and an upmarket wicker basket – Loewe, Saint Laurent, or from that great little market in Ibiza (north, obviously), perfect for carrying around Elena Ferrante, a saline-tinted Greek white, and a bunch of sunflowers. Plus, it can fit in the bike’s basket for when it’s time to do a little lap of the grounds at dusk.

Shirt, £310, net-a-porter.com

The polo shirt

Smart swimming shorts that can double up for dinner if required and a linen shirt – three buttons undone – or a Terry cloth polo. He brought two phones for work, but they’ve been firmly switched off and left in the Piglet. Let’s deal with it next week. 

Shirt, £115, Sunspel at mrporter.com
These are the seven style tribes you’ll find by the poolside | Soho House
These are the seven style tribes you’ll find by the poolside | Soho House
These are the seven style tribes you’ll find by the poolside | Soho House
4. Soho House Berlin

The sandals

Proper Berliners don’t let a little thing called summer get in the way of the 365 commitment to all black. It just requires a little bit of monochrome creativity. Towering curb-stomping Bottega boots and Balenciaga leather trenches just get swapped out for neoprene and curb-stomping black sandals. 

Sandals, £890, prada.com

The sunglasses

Whether he’s in the pool, at lunch or fast asleep, the sunglasses stay firmly on. The shorts are short and the shirt is big. It could be vintage… but was probably picked up at Voo. Everything is black, but you already knew that. 

Sunglasses, £310, celine.com
These are the seven style tribes you’ll find by the poolside | Soho House
These are the seven style tribes you’ll find by the poolside | Soho House
These are the seven style tribes you’ll find by the poolside | Soho House
5. Soho House Tel Aviv, Jaffa

The white dress

A bag to fill with fruit from the market down the road. Light, simple and tasteful. Understated, but upmarket. A plain white cotton dress… but it’s The Row. Sandals are, naturally, Bottega. Naturally.

Dress, £1,870, The Row at matchesfashion.com

The trousers

Something loose, light, elasticated and linen for the beach and the beach bar once the sun begins to dip behind the Med. Open toes, shirt undone… or maybe no shirt at all. Who’s to say.

Trousers, £1,020, Brunello Cucinelli at mrporter.com
These are the seven style tribes you’ll find by the poolside | Soho House
These are the seven style tribes you’ll find by the poolside | Soho House
These are the seven style tribes you’ll find by the poolside | Soho House
6. Soho Warehouse, Downtown Los Angeles

The bag 

She’s a creative director, producer, potter and vintage picker with a roving eye. She makes wearing oversized floral men’s shirts look like a breeze and she’s always carrying something crocheted, either made by an equally cool/ chic/ multi-hyphenated friend… or JW Anderson.

Bag, £325, jwanderson.com

The appliqué shirt

The upmarket hippy trend originated in LA, so expect to find ‘fits fit for the farmers’ market that can also handle a lazy lunch/ Picante by the pool. Crocheted, embroidery and embellished. Lounge-y clothes that look like they could have been made up the coast in an off the grid commune… except there’s a new Bode that’s opened on Melrose, so they’re probably from there. 

Shirt, £530, Bode at matchesfashion.com
 
These are the seven style tribes you’ll find by the poolside | Soho House
These are the seven style tribes you’ll find by the poolside | Soho House
These are the seven style tribes you’ll find by the poolside | Soho House
7. Soho House New York

The crochet hat

Crop top, crochet, little tiny Telfar bag. She can get you in. Get in where? Wherever you want to get in. She knows the guy on the door. Don’t worry about it. Have you been to the new Takao Shiraishi show at The Invisible Dog yet? 

Hat, £350, loewe.com

The crochet shirt

A mix of hot New York brands and artfully scuffed up vintage. A battered Rangers cap with an ALD mesh shirt. A Turnstile band tee with Blackstock & Webber loafers and Jacques Marie Mage shades with tinted orange lenses. If you know, you know. May, or may not have a podcast and an Instagram account dedicated to the Antwerp Six. 

Shirt, £598, Auralee at matchesfashion.com
These are the seven style tribes you’ll find by the poolside | Soho House
These are the seven style tribes you’ll find by the poolside | Soho House
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