If an out-of-the-blue urge to book a balmy escape along the Amalfi coast or a jaunt to Capri takes you over – do not resist. It’s the start of August, and true to tradition, the denizens of Europe are already en route to said chic destinations for a month-long holiday to the tune of perfectly tousled beach tresses, nutty tans, and Sgroppinos. So we thought, why not bookend the summer with a glamorous getaway of your own? To get you in top form before you jet, we’ve culled 9 classic beach essentials to take with you. Ciao!
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Our favorite beachside activity? People-watching. Give your mascara the day off, and allow your eyes a moment in the shade for a bit of (discreet) street-style spotting.
Alexander McQueen Cat-Eye Acetate and Metal Sunglasses ($395)
A leisurely day at the beach is only complete with an enjoyable tome seated on your lap. The guilty-pleasure variety is preferable.
Girl Boss ($23.95) by Sophia Amoruso
It’s always a good idea to plan ahead in the mani department, but you can’t know how your nail polish will fare in the sand and salty waters. Keep a trusty nail file and your favorite nail polish on standby.
Dolce & Gabbana Nail Lacquer ($25)
Protect lips from the salty air with a delicious dab of your favorite lip balm or tinted conditioner.
Sisley Paris Comfort Extreme Nutritive Lip Balm ($72)
Two words: Roman Holiday. Achieving a sexy, swept-away mane is a vacationer’s dream, but it’s best to keep a hairbrush handy for unpredictable moments (or zippy rides on Vespas).
Mason Pearson Large Popular Mixture Bristle Brush ($205)
Take every opportunity to show off your summer pedicure with a pair of cool and comfy slip-on sandals.
Marni Textured-Leather sandals ($730)
Add a touch of late-‘60s glam to your look with a vintage-inspired topper. This fun and statement-making accessory will elegantly frame your face and keep the bright rays at bay.
Saint Laurent Wide-Brim Hat w/ grosgrain bow ($1,250)