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The Perfect Capsule Wardrobes for Every Type of Beach Vacay

You’re in the final home stretch now, babe. In mere days, you’ll be cruising down the boulevard with the convertible top down and making a beeline for the beach. But not so fast. In the craziness of finishing up “work stuff” and planning your daily vacay itinerary, you’ve neglected to get any actual packing done. Consider your crisis officially diverted — keep scrolling for five picture-perfect beach day capsule wardrobes (think: a swimsuit, shades, and a straw tote) that are guaranteed to slay on and off the beach. Whether your final destination is Hawaii, Cannes, or somewhere between, these beach bags are loaded and ready for all your upcoming seaside adventures.

Bahamas

Start channeling that summertime mentality STAT with this ultra-flattering high-waisted bikini featuring a postcard-worthy print. For yoga on the beach at sunrise, we recommend a fuss-free knit poncho that will make you look and feel like Beyoncé. Day or night, beach or pool, this piñata-style raffia and fringe tote can be loaded to the brim with a spare pair of sunnies (we call dibs on these millennial pink frames), a juicy summer read, and some Grecian-inspired jelly sandals. Stake claim on your fave private beach with this “reserved” beach towel that may unintentionally throw some shade.

J.Crew Deep V-Neck French Bikini Top in Postcard Print ($63) + J.Crew High-Waisted Bikini Bottom in Postcard Print ($60), H&M Airy Poncho ($20), Kayu Pinata Tote ($138), Carla Colour Barton in Flesh + Haze ($194), Ancient Greek Sandals Ikaria in Aqua ($125), Kate Spade Reserved Beach Towel ($58)

Cannes

Ah, a week spent doing absolutely nothing but catching rays… it must be the good life. Proceed to get your tan on with this Insta-worthy round banana leaf beach blanket that calls for a sophisticated striped canopy umbrella and a luxurious tropical tunic you may never want to take off. Throw in sensible woven vacchetta leather sandals and hippie-chic aviators that give off instantly chill vibes. Show off your killer physique with this pistachio-hued one-piece from Panarea Couture featuring a risque neckline and lace-up back. To lug around all your loot, we 10/10 recommend this playful straw bag that’s ready to hit the cobblestone streets.

Pierre Frey for J.Crew Tunic in Alexandrie Print ($88), Panarea Couture Veronica One Piece Pistacchio ($180), Madewell Fest Aviator Sunglasses ($55), Scotch & Soda Straw Beach Bag ($129), M.Gemi The Treccia ($178), Chill Strands Beverly Chills Banana Leaf Round Beach Towel ($70)

Hawaii

Paradise awaits you. When in Hawaii, do what any other wannabe surfer would do and grab your fluorescent green boogie board for an impromptu surf lesson on the shore. Feast your eyes upon this see-through sunshine yellow tote that’s perf for stowing around all your beach day essentials — namely, an aloha-ready crochet bikini (this one sports the cutest hibiscus flowers), a tassel-strewn embroidered kaftan, and extra-cushiony Havaianas flip flops. To complement your radiant summer glow, top your look off with some retro cherry red cat-eye sunnies and a grown-up friendship bracelet for maximum slayage.

Topshop Embroidered Kaftan ($60), Topshop Embroidered Crochet Bikini Set ($70), Havaianas High Light Sandal Coral Wedge Sandal ($32), Poppy Lissiman Barbara Red Sunglasses ($125), Venessa Arizaga Lady Aloha Bracelet ($55), STATE Bags in the Graham ($80), Roxy Pop 38.5-Inch Boogie Board ($59)

Montauk

For a month-long stint in Montauk (hey, a girl can dream), your preppiest style sensibilities reign supreme. We’re talking Breton stripes, a navy-dominant palette, and lobster everything. One of Solid & Striped’s resort-ready one-piece swimsuits will not only win you major brownie points from the captain, but it’ll double as a sleek bodysuit when tossed on with distressed denim shorts. Say yes, please to these Mary Matson x Soludos espadrilles that are a celebration of all things summer (hello, upcoming lobster and crab fest!). From yacht-chilling to hanging at the members-only beach house, you won’t want to be without a pair of Amevie’s sustainable bamboo sunglasses featuring ice blue mirrored lenses — just add a roomy weekender bag and a nautical striped beach towel FTW.

Solid & Striped The Chelsea Striped Swimsuit ($170), Scotch & Soda High Waist Denim Shorts Ocean Reflection ($125), Sundry Weekend Pocket Tote Bag ($88), Serena and Lily Fouta Beach Towel ($48), Amevie Unisex Bamboo Sunglasses in Del Mar ($50), Soludos Mary Matson Embroidered Platform ($75)

Palm Beach

Sit back and relax? You’re looking at the wrong girl. As if you didn’t already know, a Palm Beach vacay is just one big ol’ excuse to party. Live it up with this Barbie pink “muchas” swimsuit (eek, those straps!) that’s just asking for attention. A stylish pink and yellow sun visor and accompanying holographic slides have pickup game of beach volleyball written all over ‘em. Look hella cool with your squad with Ban.do’s “hot tub club” beach towel and this delightfully cheeky sequined tote that tells it like it is. Ahem, La Croix cocktail, where you at?

& Other Stories Muchas Swimsuit ($55), Zara Shirt With Embroidered Back Maui and Sons ($40), Sunnylife Sun Visor Pink & Yellow ($10), Slydes Iridescent White Women’s Slider Sandals ($32), Ban.do Beach, Please! Giant Beach Towel Hot Tub Club ($38), Fallon & Royce Sun Sand Cocktail in Hand Crystal Tote ($78)

What’s in your beach day capsule wardrobe? Follow us on Pinterest for more summer styling tips!

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