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Summer sand and swim essentials

Feeling hot, hot, hot? Pool parties and afternoons at the beach will be de rigueur before you know it. Be ready to splash in style with our picks for bold beach must-haves perfect for strutting your stuff on the sand. From cover-ups to flip flops to trendy totes, we have everything you need to look fabulous for a day at the beach or by the pool.

Beach & pool essentials

6 Pretty summer must-haves

We’ve hunted down everything you need for a fun and fashionable day in the sun. Be prepared and feel pretty at the beach or by the pool with these six summer essentials.

1Sun hat

Shield your face from the sun in style with this colorful Kate Spade straw hat ($75) in vibrant yellow and orange stripes. One of our fave summer finds so far, this pick is perfect for anyone who wants to go beyond basic and add an eye-catching splash of color to their beachside style.


Take your summer style to new heights with these chic Anne Taylor aviator sunglasses ($68). No beach or pool-side look is complete without a glamorous pair of shades and we love the modern yet timeless look of these.

3Beach bag

Every trip to the beach requires an oversized tote, like this sequined basketweave beach bag ($15, Forever 21). Affordable and totally beach-worthy, we love the glitzy sequin detailing (so on-trend right now) throughout and the fact that this bag will have ample space for all our summer essentials.

4Cover up

Go from the beach to the bar for a cocktail simply by throwing this cute striped cover-up ($35, Urban Outfitters) on over your bikini. The nautically-inspired red and white stripes are everywhere this summer and we love the breezy design of this fresh, flirty look.

5Flips flops

The epitome of easy summer style, flip flops are a must for a day at the beach or pool. We’re partial to this bold turquoise pair ($45, Juicy Couture) simply for the eye-catching hue and classic comfortable design.


Cover up in style in this colorful tie-dye sarong ($75, Sarongs are a summer must – not only do they make for a simple yet sexy swimsuit cover-up, but you can use them as a towel, scarf or beach blanket in a pinch.

Summer beauty tips

To go along with your sand and surf essentials, check out these quick tips for looking effortlessly sexy this summer.

No muss, no fuss: Summer is all about having fun! And spending hours getting ready for a day at the beach isn’t fun. You’re only going to get wet anyway, so streamline your summer beauty routine as much as you can to save time and avoid looking like you’re ready for a night on the town, rather than a breezy day by the beach.

Less is more: Ditch heavy foundation for a swipe of tinted moisturizer and a dusting of bronzer. You don’t need a full face of makeup in the summer so cut your beauty routine in half this season by using only what you really need.

Get tousled: Banish the flat iron and blow dryer! Instead opt for sexy, tousled beachy waves. Apply a texturizing spray to damp hair (like Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray), work through with your fingers, tousling small sections until all the product is worked in. Mess it up and enjoy your surf-chic style.

Fake a bake: No real tans for us. Tanned skin looks great in the summer but make sure its the faux kind. Check out our tips for finding the best self tanner.

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