There’s nothing quite like the feeling of booking a summer holiday where you plan to just spend day in and day out lounging by the beach. While the actual seaside destination may differ, the packing list for a summer staycation remains more or less the same. The key to preparing for the beach is to pack light but smart: think quality over quantity. Island-ready style is all about effortless versatility, where a few choice staples can be dressed up or down depending on the activity or time of day. A breezy throw-on-and-go linen shirt can double as a pool coverup or chic stylish lunch ensemble if accessorized with a statement bustier belt and crystal earrings. Mix and match a striped bodysuit with breathable bike shorts or a loose midi skirt to keep cool without compromising on individuality.
In terms of color inspo, look to the Spring/Summer 2020 runways where hues of royal blue and pure white evoked memories of the azure waters of the Mediterranean and Santorini’s pristine walls for the ultimate summery touch.
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Long-awaited sunset strolls after months stuck at home call for an indulgent footwear upgrade. Trade-in your standard flip-flops for strappy cotton espadrilles that are equal parts classy as they are comfortable or splurge on metallic clog mules for a funky way to spice up any dinner ensemble.
It goes without saying a pair of sunnies is an oceanfront necessity so why not have some fun with your selection? Revamp a timeless square silhouette with a tortoiseshell pattern to add a hint of edge. While micro sunglasses were a trend of the past, this season is all about going big or going home with oversized shades à la Fendi. To top it off, shield your face from the potent sun rays with a bicolor Panama hat decked out with a wide-brim and palladium detailing for an artisanal take on the traditional straw look. In the evening, wrap a silk headband for an elegant solution to secretly ward off unwanted stray strands from sticking to your forehead.
The best way to carry all these beachwear essentials? In this summer’s newest supersized totes. Join the big bag club with a spacious canvas shopper with enough room to store all your belongings and more in case you pick up an item—or five—from a nearby boutique when exploring (read: shopping) the area.
Above, find our edit of the go-to pieces every beachgoer should pack for their summer by the sea—sunscreen not included.