There’s nothing like the ease of summer. Lazy beach days, that feel of permanent vacation—even at work (don’t tell our boss). And the best part, naturally, is the fashion and beauty that comes with the season. Lighter makeup and brighter lips, breezy maxi dresses and boho handbags. What could be better! Whether you’re in fact headed to the beach or simply strolling the streets, we’ve rounded up our fave necessities to get you through the rest of summer in a way that’s high on style and low in effort.
Fashion meets function. The Sash Bag in Tan Fringe leather ($149, thesashbag.com) makes every outfit look cooler, yet it completely takes the strain off your shoulder thanks to a seriously smart cross-body design. There are more interior pockets than you could imagine (including a built-in wallet) so you can tote all the essentials everywhere.
We can't stress enough the importance of a broad-spectrum sunscreen—even on cloudy days. Clé de Peau Beauté UV Protection Cream SPF 50 ($120, saksfifthavenue.com) is the ultimate under-makeup (or worn alone) must. It not only provides sun protection, but it also prevents signs of photo aging and adds moisture to the skin. The light, non-greasy formula dries to a matte finish.
Summer just isn't summer without a maxi dress. This wardrobe must is the most versatile item of the season. Wear it to the beach as a coverup; pair it with flat sandals for a brunch outing, or don it to a dinner with wedges. Design History Tie-Dye Hi-Lo Dress ($124, saksfifthavenue.com) is so cute and cozy you'll never want to take it off.
Whether you're stashing your sunscreen or your makeup, you'll need a place to put them. This Pink Makeup Bag ($19, allacrossafrica.org) is the perfect summery staple. It's lined in plastic and features a splashy print, but the best part is, the company creates business and income opportunities for underprivileged communities across the continent of Africa by employing people to hand make all of the products. Now that's an excuse to stock up!
Fancy Fitness Band
Keeping track of your fitness and calories just got a whole lot more stylish. Enter: Tory Burch for Fitbit Silicone Printed Bracelet in Fuchsia ($38, toryburch.com). The chic print makes it perfect for work, weekend, and everything in between. If you don't already have a Fitbit device to pop in, you can purchase one at Fitbit.com.
Every girl with highlights knows the sun is the ultimate foil to hair color. Before heading out to the beach or street, spray Paul Mitchell Color Protect Locking Spray (paulmitchell.com) on your strands to ward off UVB and UVA rays, which can fade your color. It also makes your hair turn on the shine.
After a day at the beach, you may have awesome waves, but getting your hands through them is another story. KareCo Tangle Buster Comb ($13.50, kareco.com) has just the tough teeth needed to tackle any tangle. Stash it in your beach bag for easy access.
Wearing your hair down in the summer is challenging. It's hot, gets in your face, and is prone to frizz. Remington Head Wrap ($5, available at Target stores) is the answer to all your strand stress. It's lightweight, on trend, and wide enough to cover your roots.
Save the fresh scent for spring. Summer is all about vacay, so why not dress your underarms in some exotic scents? Secret Destinations Clear Gel & Invisible Solid Deodorants in Brazil Rainforest Mist, Paris Romantic Rose and Hawaii Citrus Breeze ($4.99 each, drugstore.com) are like a vacation for your pits even if you can't get there.