Going to the beach or a pool on a hot summer's day requires a bit of planning: towels, picnic lunch, toys, sunscreen...the list goes on. But don't forget about yourself! We've got a few items you need to stuff in your beach bag before you head out.
Your skimpy, pre-baby bikinis might not feel appropriate on a family excursion to the water. Choose suits that are still fun and playful but that provide the coverage needed to get down and dirty (literally), with the kids.
This strapless, lace one-piece (left) is both flirty and family-appropriate. The simple lines and full bottom of this pastel-striped bikini (right) make it the perfect suit for a vacation chock full of water sports and sand castles.
A sun hat is a must for long hours spent poolside with the kiddies. This straw fedora with a bright, yellow band is at once functional and fashionable.
Where to buy: straw fedora, Smart Set, $18
While flip-flops are your likely beach go-to, this jelly pair ups the style quotient of your swim look with a stud-adorned bow. The bonus of jelly shoes of course, is that it doesn’t matter if they get wet!
Where to buy: jelly thong sandal, Boohoo.com, $10
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