Memorial Day Weekend is within arms reach, which means the unofficial start of summer is so close it almost hurts. We can smell the salty water, we can hear the waves crashing, and we can definitely feel the rosé in our tastebuds. We’re even yearning for that grainy sand that gets every-fucking-where (pillowcase, we’re looking at you.) Yes, that’s how desperate we are for some warm weather and relaxing days on the beach.
Some of the things that we love the most about summer (aside from nightly ice cream outings) are the accessories that exist to take our style game to the next level (all while helping us achieve that perfect tan, of course.) So whether you are staying in the city, traveling across the country, or crossing the water to foreign destinations, we have your next purchases covered. Here are the products that have us wishing summer was a year-long season. Bring it on, high temperatures. We’re so ready.
Beach hair: a style we’re constantly trying to achieve year-round. Luckily in the summer, we don’t have to try too hard to get it… it just happens naturally (shoutout to mother nature!). The only thing is, beach hair can get a tad messy. This killer straw hat is here to solve that minut issue AND will take your cool factor to soaring heights.
Picture this: it’s 85 ºF, you just got out of the water, and you’re laying in the sun. After 10 minutes of thinking about nothing, you start to get a little bored. We’re sick of thinking about work, you’ve flipped through all your glossies, and music isn’t quite doing the trick. What’s the solution? A book, always. The Unfortunate Importance of Beauty is a fiction novel by Amanda Filipacchi that narrates the struggles of a group of artistic friends and society’s beauty standards in a funny, surreal, and charming way. A round of applause to Alicia Blackard for that beautiful cover design (yes, because appearances do matter after all).
This day in age, it appears that all of our entertainment pretty much requires some sort of technology: phones, tablets, speakers, TVs, etc… (rock-paper-scissors, where have thee gone?) Let’s throw it back a bit with these Coming Soon deck of cards and have some fun in an old-school way. Their colorful design makes them an instant crowd-pleaser; bring them with you to a house party or a beach trip with your squad and they’ll be singing your praises all day long.
If you are like us, you are probably tired of the whole string choker thing (sure, it looks cute, but we can all agree that it’s a bit played out by now.) That’s the reason why we are obsessed with these necklaces: they’re handmade, unique, and pastel-coloreded, so what’s not to love?
Sometimes it gets chilly in the summer. This iconic White + Warren travel wrap is our go-to accessory to get us through those cool beach breezes. Made of 100% cashmere, this piece is seasonless and super versatile. Trust us, once you feel the softness and coziness in this wrap, you won’t be able to live without it.
When it comes to adorning our feet, we’re pretty picky. Sandals can sometimes feel daunting in a city like Manhattan and sometimes you want to just slip something on that doesn’t feel overexposed. That’s why these Ariel Mules from Solid State are the best thing that has happened to us all year. Easy to wear, and comfortable AF, you really won’t want to slip on any other shoes this summer.
We know your style doesn’t stop at what you wear. You think about the big picture, and right now, you’re probably wondering what you’ll be laying on while achieving that base tan. Consider this guy: The Nolita Beach towel from Tictail. It is designed by New York artist, Mike Perry, and is made out of 100% cotton, which not only makes it authentic, but seriously comfortable.
What kind of summer roundup would it be without throwing you some shade? Smoke x Mirrors, an NYC based eyewear brand, is making us feel kind of badass in their Road Runners; its sleek design and fluid silhouette makes the sunnies a bold statement without trying too hard.
And alas, we’ve reached the accessory that will hold all your other accessories come summer. This chic tote by MISA Los Angeles checks off all of our beach bag needs: size, color, comfort. Ciao, do not disturb while beaching.
Feature image via Eliane Awada