San Diego Hat Co. hat When you know it’s going to be a scorcher, hide out under this wide-brimmed hat. It shields skin from UV rays with UPF 50+ to keep you cool, calm, and protected. To buy:Unfortunately, this item is no longer available, but find similar styles atsandiegohat.com.
Uniqlo dress Fed up with pricey cover-ups? Go ahead and throw on the towel. This knee-length terry-cloth dress unbuttons at the shoulders, so you can gracefully step into and out of it. To buy: $19.50, 917-237-8811.
Soixante Neuf at Supplements NY sandals These smart leather sandals come with a set of three interchangeable cotton straps. Choose from 17 colors. To buy: $75, 69jewels.com.
Lola Starfish bag This roomy beach bag made of corn husks is versatile enough to go with a bikini by day or a dress by dusk. Its drawstring lining can be cinched closed to secure your belongings. To buy: $54, lolastarfish.com.
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You’ll fit right into the seaside scenery with a classic navy-and-white striped cotton tunic. Fold back and button the sleeves in place as the day heats up. To buy: $35, nautica.com for stores.
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Zip into this orange terry-cloth hoodie for a post-dip warm-up or an evening beach bonfire. Once September arrives, it can double as workout (or lounge-around) gear. To buy: $19.50, 917-237-8811.
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Jones New York Sport shorts
An easygoing fit, a six-inch inseam, and back flap pockets give these stretch-cotton shorts a sporty―not skimpy―feel. Anchor the bold floral print with a tank in navy or white. To buy: $54, carsons.com for stores.
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J. Crew pants
Lightweight linen pants with an adjustable drawstring waist provide just enough of a barrier between you and a sundown breeze. The loose-fitting legs are easy to slip over sandy feet. To buy: $48, jcrew.com.