Whether that’s a staycation or a trip to the beach.
Spring was a blip. Winter lasted forever. Now, summer is finally here and Memorial Day weekend allows us to christen the transition. Whether you’re jetting to the Hamptons, Catskills, or enjoying the sun from your own backyard (read: fire escape), you’ll likely have a few summer essentials on hand. So, we asked our staffers to divulge the items they’re tossing in their weekender bags, too. Think: sunblock, straw totes, swimwear, and more. Continue reading to discover the summer essentials our editors can’t live without.
Jess Teves, Editor in Chief
No Memorial Day weekend would be complete without a few rounds of tennis, and this delightful tennis tote from Kate Spade is just the upgrade my game needs. It's sizable and able to hold multiple racquets (I’m still a Babolat girl), plus it has multiple, incredibly well thought-out compartments to hold all my sunblock, grips, visors, and so much more.
This deep V-neckline cashmere sweater is pure joy. Not only does it fit perfectly—and I mean PERFECTLY—and work with anything and everything, it’s also so finely crafted that you feel extra luxurious throwing it on over anything, light chill or not.
I'm beyond obsessed with Alastin’s tinted mineral sunscreen. I’ve been using it in lieu of foundation, and love the sheer, dewy coverage and incredible sun protection. Definitely throwing this in every beach and tennis bag all summer long.
Caroline Dunn, Manager, Sales & Brand Partnerships
This is the beach chair to end all beach chairs. From the sand-proof and waterproof side pocket to the adjustable cup holder to the removable awning, Sunflow thought of everything.
Mirth’s amazing quality and flowy silhouettes make for the perfect effortless summer look. You can see exactly how this dress was inspired by its laid-back yet elevated namesake Italian island.
There is a spot reserved for Skatie’s Antigua print in my duffel for all upcoming getaways. The structure of the suit plays off of the “vintage prep” vibe of the print to make for the perfect beach statement this summer.
Leya Kaufman, Head of Brand & Publisher
The crochet trend has arguably shaped my entire summer wish list, starting with this Prada tote. We’re staying local this MDW, but a bag like this could turn a family trip to the neighborhood pool into a vacation. I need it.
While I limit my makeup by the pool, I never regret a finishing touch like a berry lip.There’s just something that feels very old Hollywood glam about a red lip, oversized sunglasses, and a flattering one-piece. I’ll probably be channeling that vibe all summer.
Nothing pairs better with a Rose spritzer on MDW than a fist full of yellow gold rings. I love that this North Star signet also takes inspiration from sailing. While we won’t be going out on the water next week, I can still pretend, right?
Sasha Alexander, Senior Manager, Brand Partnerships
I’m obsessed with Ajaie Alaie’s latest collection and can’t wait to buy the new Evil Eye Summer Cardi in Desert. It’s the perfect colorful, light summer layer, and, of course, I will buy anything with an evil eye design.
My Solid & Striped one-piece has lasted me almost a decade and I finally treated myself to an upgrade (The Anne-Marie) for my upcoming summer getaway plans. It fits perfectly and has a classic look to it that will definitely last me another decade.
I love packing colorful sunglasses for summer holidays to add some color to my face. I’ll most likely be in the water most days and won’t be wearing much eye makeup. I’ve been eyeing Sun Buddies’ seasonal Miuccia style in Sulfur this season to add to my collection.
Camille Freestone, Style Editor
In the realm of swimwear, I prefer simple, streamlined silhouettes. Despite its potential for inconvenient tanlines, I love the sleek high neckline—balanced with an open back, of course.
I always take a few more fashion risks come summer. (That really just means the occasional stripe or polka dot for my navy-clad self). A printed silk button down is the perfect staple to ease myself into a louder sartorial rotation.
I’ve been on a lengthy hunt for a full-white midi skirt. I’m obsessed with Commission, so I was thrilled when I stumbled upon this offering. It’s still sitting in my cart but I’m planning to pair it with everything from t-shirts to bodysuits, sweatshirts to swimwear.
Leigh Weiss, Affiliate Coordinator
I am a huge fan of all of Illesteva’s sunglasses, but I particularly love these. No matter how casual your outfit is, throw these on with some gold jewelry and your look will instantly be complete.
Similar to my sentiment around the pair of Illesteva’s above, a cute daytime hat is my second go-to accessory for elevating a casual outfit. This one, in particular, is also easy to travel with!
This dress is at the top of my summer wish list, both for its versatility and the obvious—its gorgeous in design and color. I can envision myself pairing it with a neutral rope sandal and the Jacquemus Le Chiquito Moyen Bag for lunch by the beach, or with some strappy heels and the Judith Leiber Slim Slide Crystal Clutch for a night out.
Maraya Fisher, Fashion Fellow
From the end of May through September, I become a walking blood buffet, so insect repellant is essential. I hate the smell and feel of DEET-based products, so this season I am trying out alternatives like this launch from Kinfield. It smells like citronella and vanilla, and it has left me bite-free so far!
There’s nothing I love more than clopping around a local farmers’ market in search of the perfect charcuterie components in clog sandals. It is my favorite activity, especially on vacation. Just make sure you give yourself time to break in your clogs before attempting a full day wearing them!
I don’t abide by the Labor-Day-through-Memorial-Day white clothes moratorium, but little white dresses and warm-weather long weekends go together like heirloom tomatoes and burrata. This cotton frock by Staud is key to living out my cottagecore vacation dreams!