Summer doesn’t officially begin until June 21, but May is the unofficial start of beach season. School is (almost) out, and ocean temperatures from Point Mugu to the South Bay can be counted on to climb above 60 degrees. As surfers ditch their winter wetsuits for lighter coverage, why not consider refreshing your own summer wardrobe with a high-low mix of essentials that seamlessly blend sun and style?
Think: a sarong straight off the Paris runways; all-purpose sandals dreamed up in Echo Park; or a heat-wave-appropriate camisole courtesy of one of New York’s most in-demand designers. The little things matter too, of course. Consider an SPF stick for discreet touch-ups and beach-ready accents that never need be taken off. Here are 11 items that will put you on the fast track to cool.
The surprise hit of the spring 2019 season? Wraparound skirts. Designer Julien Dossena’s paisley-print sarong, shown on Paco Rabanne’s runway, will take you from the beach to the street and beyond. $600. Available at mytheresa.com.
Stash this ultrahydrating, tinted face stick (SPF 30) — made with sunflower oil, cocoa butter, hemp seed oil, mango butter, rosemary oil and vitamin E — in your carryall for easy access. $13.99. Available at thrivemarket.com.
Maryam Nassir Zadeh
Few things are easier than slipping into a barely there tank. This one, by downtown New York designer and Lower East Side retailer Maryam Nassir Zadeh, is ribbed and comes with a slight sheen. $200. Available at bonadrag.com.
Pack your essentials in this handwoven raffia and linen tote designed by the French Italian duo behind TL-180, Luisa Orsini and Antonine Peduzzi. $605. Available at net-a-porter.com.
Oliver Peoples X the Row
Oliver Peoples and the Row collaborated on these classic tortoiseshell frames, ending the hunt for the perfect summer shades once and for all. $455. Available at oliverpeoples.com.
New York-based stylist Anna Santangelo is taking the shell jewelry craze to new heights with her Tiger Stripe Anklet, first spotted at Preen’s Spring 2019 show. $130. Contact the designer at santangelo.studio.com.
Get your groove on in L.A. swimwear designer Roxana Salehoun’s psychedelic patchwork bikini, inspired by vintage beach glamour. Halter top, $146. Side ruffle bottom, $116. Both available at roxanasalehoun.com.
Achieve maximum face protection with Billabong’s one-size-fits-all seagrass lifeguard hat, complete with wide brim and adjustable draw cord. $22. Available at pacsun.com.
Echo Park’s Beatrice Valenzuela elevates the humble shower shoe with these super-soft leather slides, fit for any summer destination. They come in a rainbow of earthy colors, including tangerine, shown here, lilac, terracotta and aquamarine. $328. Available at beatricevalenzuela.com.
Dry off with Mayde’s tasseled Turkish towel, which can double as a wrap when the wind picks up. $45. Available at maydestore.com.