Top 8 Beach Essentials

Suit up and accessorize in style



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Whether you are hitting the shores of New England or venturing somewhere a bit more exotic, we have you covered with a list of essentials to keep you looking chic at the beach.

Swimsuit from Trina Turk
Image courtesy of Trina Turk - Venice Beach Twist Bandeau ($80) & Shirred Hipster ($68)

1) Swimsuit

Notable looks of the season include tribal and ethnic prints in bold colors and 90’s minimalism — think sleek silhouettes in bold black and white. For more coverage, look for one-piece suits with unique cutout details and retro-inspired high-waist silhouettes. Lord & Taylor in Stamford has a great selection from designers such as Trina Turk, Ralph Lauren and Nanette Lepore.

 


Image courtesy of Calypso St. Barth - Embroidered Cotton Tunic ($275)

2) Cover-up

Nothing is more chic than an airy caftan or tunic on a hot summer day. A short cotton or linen style can be thrown on over a bathing suit by day and glammed up with dressy sandals and jewelry by night. Letarte and Calypso in Greenwich both have fabulous assortments.

 


Image courtesy of Walin and Wolff - Bernardo Moonjelly ($68)

3) Sandals

Rubber flip flops (hello Havaianas!) are always a practical option; however, if you want to elevate your look, go with one of this season’s sleek modern sandals. Walin and Wolff in New Canaan and Westport has so many great options at a range of price points from designers such as Valentino, Stuart Weitzman, Bernardo, Vince Camuto and Tkees.

 


Image courtesy of J. Crew - Textured Summer Straw Hat ($34.50)

4) Hat

Whether you prefer wide-brimmed or Panama style, a classic straw hat is the requisite for providing facial coverage for a full day in the sun. Wide-brim reads as sophisticated and the Panama gives off a cool, edgy vibe. Let your swimsuit and caftan styling take the lead and accessorize accordingly. Check out J. Crew for a good selection at reasonable prices.

 


Image Courtesy of Sunglass Hut - Ray Ban Original Aviator in gold/green ($199.95)

5) Sunglasses

From oversize, cat-eye, to aviator, the key is to pick a style that flatters your face shape. If you’re feeling bold, try this season’s popular mirrored lenses, printed frames, or retro round styles. Look no further than Sunglass Hut in Stamford for an impressive designer selection including Prada, Gucci, Tiffany, Tory Burch, and Ray Ban.

 


Image courtesy of Calypso St. Barth - Nappa Beach Tote ($275)

6) Beach Tote

Check out Calypso and Everything but Water in Greenwich for a great selection of natural raffia totes that are just as wearable on the city sidewalks as they are on the beach.

 


Image courtesy of Jonathan Adler - Luxembourg Horse Beach Towel ($98)

7) Beach Towel

A beach towel is an indisputable necessity but it can also make a major statement. Jonathan Adler launched the most amazing collection of plush, oversize beach towels in vibrant colors and cheeky patterns — Greek key motif, pagodas and horses. They can be purchased at the Greenwich and Westport Jonathan Adler boutiques.

 


Image courtesy of Lord & Taylor - Lancome Bienfait UV SPF 50+ ($39)

8) Sunscreen

Sunscreen is crucial - make sure you choose one that is waterproof. For the face, a tinted moisturizer with sunscreen is a one-step solution. For those who would like a bit of color before they hit the beach, try a self-tanner or bronzing gel. Lord & Taylor in Stamford has the best selection of Shiseido, Clarins, St. Tropez, Lancome, Clinique and more.

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