Summer is about making a fashionable splash while still keeping your cool. . Here, our style chronicler Danielle Kaplan of San Antonio counts down the best beach bags, jewelry, cover-ups and swimsuits for the season with our countdown of the summer’s 10 best essentials.
1. Persol 714
Known as one of the iconic Persols, this pair of sunglasses is designed for comfort, convenience and style. As one of the most popular and fashionable sunglasses on the market, the 714’s have been worn by Angelina Jolie and Kate Hudson, to name a few. With a collapsible option, these sunglasses are perfect for protecting your eyes and making a statement. $256 at Saks Fifth Avenue.
This floral silk DVF original is the epitome of summer fresh. With a soft green color and floral print that will highlight your tan and an asymmetrical hemline that’s all the rage this summer, this silk cover up will look perfect with a straw hat and a pair of oversized shades while you sit poolside at the country club. $375 at Saks Fifth Avenue.
What’s more perfect for a beach than a cover-up that can be dressed up and dressed down. Inspired by vintage glamour, this silk long caftan is perfect for a night out on Rainey Street in Austin or perfect for strolling the beaches in St. Tropez. With a bohemian vibe and a free-flowing material, this cover-up offers the best of all worlds. $350 at Neiman Marcus.
Perfect for the sandy beach of Barbados or the Amalfi Coast, Missoni channels summer in this perfect bag. With soft shades of turquoise blue and light brown, this bag beckons to hold your Hermes towel and Tory Burch sandals while you frolic in the sun. The best part is that this bag lacks the zig-zag pattern, which makes it all the more luxurious. $350 at Yoox.com
5. Kendra Scott Danielle Earrings
Known as the coolest jewelry designer to come out of Texas in awhile, Kendra Scott has been worn by almost every girl in the state. Try out these classic Danielle Earrings in Yellow for a big splash of sunshine on your ears that will brighten even the drabbest of looks. $60 at Kendra Scott Austin.
6. Stella & Dot Zahara Bib Necklace
Based in San Antonio, Stella & Dot is the ultimate party jewelry line. Founded by Christina Welch, this jewelry collection has been shared in the homes of San Antonio’s elites. This summer, the Zahara Bib Necklace is the ultimate in poolside accessories. With multiple strands of semi-precious, glass, acrylic and oversized gold beads cascading from a bar and chain with accents of turquoise, the Zahara Bib Necklace is sure to steal the show. $258 at stelladot.com
This two-tone bikini is the ultimate in simplistic design for the sophisticated woman. By contrasting neutrals, Vix follows the color-blocking trend seen on so many runways these past seasons. With a logo-embossed gold bead on each of the halter straps and an easy tie behind the neck and at back, Vix makes swimwear look easy and breezy. $172 at Nordstrom.
Who would ever think that a toucan print on a bikini would look good rather than tacky other than Marc Jacobs? With splashes of pink and navy as well as beige, this bikini features the tropical bird in its natural environment – the sun. With beautiful button details on the top and bottom, as well as ruching at the triangle cups, this bikini will make you stand out from the flock. $147 at Nordstrom
9. Mara Hoffman Black Embroidered 4-Strap Bikini
Perfect for that Mediterranean cruise or jetting off to Cancun for the weekend, this bikini screams for attention. With colorful embroidered trim at the bands, ruching on the triangle top and multiple straps holding it all together, this bikini is sure to get any girl noticed. Just make sure that your personal trainer is on speed-dial for a month leading up to your vacation. $242 at MaraHoffman.com
Work your luminous look to the extreme with this one-piece complete with a plunging front and low-cut back reminiscent of the current traveler trend. Perfect in a colorful dip-dye and bead-embellishment, this super alluring printed swimsuit will have everyone wondering who you are and from where you came. Dive in. $165 at Nordstrom.