5 Beach Accessories Every Woman Needs for a Stylish Summer
Even if you’re only dreaming of warmer weather, it is never too early to start planning your beachwear accessories for the upcoming season of fun in the sun. With the perfect bathing suit already found, you’re probably searching for a bag to hold your towel, books, and magazines. Or maybe it’s a great pair of shades that you need before hitting the beach. From hats to flip-flops, we’ve got you styled for a summer in the sand.
Straw hats have been a summer staple since well before people began writing about trends. Before they were a must-have accessory, Straw Hats, their history and manufacture explains the hats were used by ancient societies to keep cool. They still preform the same function today, but are not necessarily all about practicality. An oversized floppy hat, like the one with a bow detail by Kate Landry, or the Echo Design patterned hat will give you the most sun protection, fully covering your face from UV rays. The black straw hat by J. Crew has slightly less protection, but is still a classic look.
Of course floppy fashions aren’t the only choice. Panama hats (top left) and fedoras (top right) have equally historic style roots and will help keep you cool. Though it’s a summer go-to, the straw hat isn’t the best option for incredibly active beach goers. If you plan on playing beach volleyball, soccer, or running around, ditch history and go for a cute visor. It will stay on your head, and out of your eyes, allowing you to keep your head in the game.
Above: Mossimo Panama Hat with Black Bow Sash, Textured Summer Straw Hat, Journee Collection Women’s Woven Paper Fedora, Echo Design Multi Patterned Floppy Hat, Nike Women’s Adjustable Golf Visor, Kate Landry Floppy Hat With Bow
2. Beach bags
Beach bags can serve any number of purposes, but most need to be able to carry a load. The Navy/White insulated cooler (bottom right) is nautically nice not only for its sea-worthy stripes, but also because it will keep your drinks and food cool in the hot sun. For a dash of glamour with your nautical style, the Deux Lux tote (top right) has a panel of gold glitter in the middle which will shine even brighter in the hot summer sun.
Flashy for different reasons are the yellow bag by Kelly & Katie (bottom left) and the red backpack by Baggu (top middle). Each is a simple carryall in a vibrant color that will be right at home on the beach. To make a coordinated, classic style statement, match your straw hat to a straw beach bag with the San Diego Hat Seagrass Beach Bag. The most practical though may be the beach bag by Pink (top left), which is made of plastic so you don’t have to worry about the waves reaching your belongings. There is also an inside canvas pouch, perfect for storing keys or other small items that tend to get lost in large bags.
Cover-ups come in so many styles and prints, you’ll be able to find one that suits your exact needs. Breezy cover-ups, like the Raviya Tribal-Print (far right) and the Loft Beach Rope Cover Up (second left), are great for lounging by the pool or transitioning between beach, pool, and home. If you’ll be running around a beach town in between stints by the water, a maxi dress (middle) is a great option. Cover-ups that look more like sundresses are equally wearable poolside or at the drug store. This applies to the cover-up sundress by Victoria’s Secret (second from right). When rocking a crochet cover-up (far left), make sure you’re wearing plenty of sunscreen, and you don’t keep it on too long, otherwise you’ll end up with a very interesting tan.
Beach shoes are not all about the flip-flop, or even all about sandals. If you’ll have a bit of a hike to the beach, or plan on biking, an espadrille — such as the printed ones from the Gap (bottom right) — could be your best bet. They’ll stay on your feet easier, and with vibrant patterns or prints will keep the beachy spirit going. Of course, others live all summer in their sandals. In that case, investing in a quality pair is highly advised.
People who buy Rainbow Sandals (bottom middle) say it is the only pair of flip-flops you’ll need for years. Another camp with a similar feeling are Reef sandal loyalists, and their Mayan Sunlight sandals are perfect for anyone who wants flip-flops, but need a little back support. Not into spending much on your flip-flops? Old Navy (top right) has a line with each costing less than $15, and they come in a variety of colors and prints.
Anytime of the year, one of the easiest ways to switch up your look is through accessories, especially sunglasses. Some pairs run under $10, like the dusty pink sunglasses by H&M (bottom left). Since the summer provides an excuse to play with bright colors and patterns, why leave your eyewear out of this trend? Chevron is a trendy print at the moment, and speckled prints are hardly ever out of style.
You can stick to the classics if you’d prefer and wear Jackie O-style, oversized sunglasses, aviators, or wayfarers. The oversized sunglasses by Union Bay (middle left) is a slight twist on the usual solids or tortoise shell sunglasses. The aviators and Ray-Bans are strictly traditional, but you’ll be in good company if you adopt either look.