9 Essential Things to Pack for the Best Summer Ever

The new wave is here, yo.


Where my beaches at? It’s basically summer, like, tomorrow, so set your style game to stun with cool, shoreside accessories, skin-baring essentials and flirty, on-trend choices that will let your inner beach babe really shine. We don’t mean just bikinis, either—serious fashionistas know that summer means so much more than the (admittedly zillions) of bikinis we’ve been stocking up on. Here’s the hot stuff that will keep our everyday looks way cool this season, from summer barbecues to picnics to brunches and more.


Who says there’s nothing new under the sun?


1. Beach towels with an artsy touch.

Kick that generic ABC towel to the curb and lounge on this totally unique piece from local brand Slowtide’s collaboration with artist Mark Oblow. $39.95, slowtide.co.



2. Rose gold, rose gold, rose gold.

Blame it on the Pantone color of the year, but we still haven’t gotten enough of rose. Plus, these petite shaka studs from MYTE will rep where you’re from without slowing you down. $98, mytenyc.com.


3. A damn pretty beach umbrella.

It brightens our day every time we walk by these Sunday Supply Co. sun umbrellas shading the café tables at ARVO coffee shop. Those vintage prints? That fringe? Swoon. $249, ARVO, 675 Auahi St.


4. Killer sunglasses.

Psychedelic blue lenses and brow bar details give this look-at-me pair of sunnies industrial sass that we’re all about. Staring contest: Point to you. $19.41, asos.com.


5. A tote you can depend on.

Functional, thick cotton canvas, a totally minimal design that tells it like it is, sick typography, locally made—is this the bring-everywhere tote of our dreams? $28, workshop28.com.


6. Statement-making wide-leg pants.

Easy, breezy and totally beautiful, we’re so ready to ditch our skinnies for comfy wide leggers, like these gorgeously embroidered babes from Yireh. $75, shopyireh.com.


7. A killer LWD.

All those summer weddings aside, you’ll want to live in crisp, ethereal white this season, especially when it’s as stunning as this unbelievable flower lace number. Getting married yourself? Consider your rehearsal dinner dress found. $98, bloomingdales.com.


8. Off-the-shoulder tops all day, every day.

Unless you’ve been living under a very unstylish rock, you’re already in the know about off-the-shoulder being the uniform of 2016’s sunny seasons. We’re loving the resort-appropriate stripes on this number from Bamboo Sky. $99, bamboosky.com.


9. Festive gladiator sandals.

School’s out—it’s time to party! We’re starting the party on our feet with these brightly colored gems that are really just so much fun. $190, revolve.com.