One of the best parts of summer are long days spent swimming, lounging, and relaxing at the beach or pool, but without the appropriate essentials, you can could end up feeling frumpy and over-done. A combination of utility and style is essential in order to feel stress free and beautiful while enjoying the sun. Here’s a list of wardrobe must haves that every girl should have for the beach.
First off, (of course) is the itsy bitsy super adorable bikini. This two piece should make you feel sexy and stylish, and is perfect for sun bathing with your girlfriends or lounging with your main squeeze. We like this strapless string bikini for optimal tan lines, or lack there of.
Salt water and chlorine can damage or ruin most jewelry, but don’t let that stop you from topping off your look with some accessories. Stick with bracelets and necklaces made from natural elements, like cotton, shells, and beads. We love layering these macrame bracelets in bright summer colors.
There are some moments in life when a girl doesn’t want to bare it all (like at that family friendly pool party, or after that second helping of potato salad), and luckily one piece swimsuits are all the rage this summer. We love how the cutout on this one keeps it looking stylish while staying demure. And best of all, add a pretty floral skirt and it can double as a top.
Every beach babe should have a totally rad beach towel. After a long(or short) swim, nothing’s better than a thick and luxurious towel to dry off with, plus we love the summertime phrases on this one.
A loose fitting cover-up is a necessity in the summer, what’s worse that trying to fit into something tight over a wet swimsuit? The colorful print and floor grazing length on this maxi will make you feel like a boho beach goddess.
A great pair of shades are a must for keeping the sun out of your eyes, and the summer is the best time to experiment with trendy shapes. We love the retro oversized quality of this black pair.
7. Cynthia Rowley Low Rise Bikini $199(on sale!)
If you love water sports, it’s important to have a swimsuit option that will be comfortable and stay put while you’re surfing or stand-up paddling. We love that many designers are offering wetsuit inspired bikinis that are utilitarian and cute.
Although long days spend outdoors are oh-so fun, you don’t want to end the summer with major skin damage. A wide brim hat is essential to keep the sun off your face, and we love the handmade hatband on this one.
Salt water, sand, and chlorine can ruin leather sandals, so it’s best to stick with rubber flip flops. We love how the gold braided straps elevate these from a basic pair.
10. Tommy Hilfiger Logo Rope Tote $65(on sale!)
A large tote is a must have to carry all your beach bound essentials. We love the water resistant quality of this one and the small pouch that comes with it.