What would you pack in your beach bag if you only had five minutes? Whether you're headed to the airport for a surprise weekend getaway, or you're riding backseat for a last-minute beach day, the key is simplicity. You want to pack hardworking pieces that are as comfortable as they are stylish. Look for basic layers, one-piece bathing suits, and fun accessories that you can mix and match.
Consider the benefits. Traveling light will show you the full potential of your summer buys. With fewer options, it'll also reduce the amount of time you spend getting dressed. That leaves you with more time to focus on what's really important—like your summer tan.
Here, we present the essentials that no carry-on capsule wardrobe for the beach should be without.
A Playful Tote
A seaside escape wouldn't be complete without a beach bag. And yet, it's the last thing on our minds. Opt for one with colorful fringe or an unexpected print. A pro tip: these woven carryalls are as charming at the beach as on the street.
A Cool, One-Piece Swimsuit
With a one-piece swimsuit, there's no searching drawers for the matching bottom. Plus, it doubles as a going-out piece. All you need to do is add a pair of shorts or a breezy skirt for a look that's instantly on-point.
A Statement Sun Hat
We love how a fresh, summer hat can inject glamour to even the simplest of looks. From a wide-brimmed fedora to a boater, it's all about enjoying sunny days without the sunburn. As far as styling goes, let your imagination run wild.
A Summer White, Or Two
Let's call it the great equalizer of any bright summer look. Nothing looks as effortless as a white button-down layered over a sleek bathing suit. So pick your favorite summer white (or multiple whites) and team it your new beach bag and hat for a look that's full of the season's of-the-moment pieces.
There are so many things to love about espadrilles. For a start, it's the ultimate summer shoe because it looks amazing with everything. Try a pair with a standout pattern or pretty laces. You'll be hooked in no time.