No trip to the beach is complete without the requisite sun hat. Not only will it help shield your eyes from the sun and protect your head, hats can also (when needed) conceal a bad hair day. Choose something straw with a colorful band, either floppy or more structured, depending on your style personality. We love this raffia sun hat with a rounded top and oversize brim (gap.com, $35).
You’ll need something to throw on as you stroll down the beach or make a trip to the snack stand. There’s no easier way to do that than with a cute cover up. We’re currently coveting this sarong-style cover-up in a vibrant shade of teal with a pretty pink border (piperlime.com, $55).
Protect your peepers and look cool while wearing a pair of stylish shades. There are ample varieties to choose from, but we seem to always veer toward more classic shapes and oversize frames. Add this chic pair of large, retro-inspired sunglasses to your list of beach-worthy essentials (madewell.com, $50).
Tote all of your beach day needs in a bag that’s large and practical but that looks great, too. For the beach, we suggest something straw or a durable canvas that can take some wear and tear. Pack all your sunny day essentials in this timeless and rustically-chic raffia tote (quicksilver.com, $50).
Make a sexy splash in a swimsuit that gets noticed. While various styles, colors and patterns abound, why not choose something playful yet polished? We have a serious summer crush on this flattering crisscross, ruched one-piece in a gorgeous shade of jade (macys.com, $162). This slimming suit also comes in black, olive and red.
The beach isn’t the place for heels or anything impractical, but you can still look good in sandals that err on the side of simple. We can’t get enough of this pair of totally beach-ready sandals made from waterproof leather that actually molds to your feet when wet for optimum comfort (anthropologie.com, $40). They also come in purple.
Like a cover-up, having a lightweight, simple yet stylish dress you can throw on post-beach is perfect for grabbing drinks or doing some shopping after a few hours of playing in the sand and surf. We’re partial to this strapless blue maxi dress with tiers of '70s-inspired crochet (victoriassecret.com, $108).
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