by Ashley Pagliaro
A few weeks ago, we pointed you to some of the best shopping destinations for swimwear in NYC – from super trendy to custom fitting. You didn’t think that would be it, did you? This time around, we’re shining the blog spotlight on some standout beach accessories and where to shop for them locally. New York may be a concrete jungle, but there are plenty of boutiques and stores for uncovering your way to the beach. Though the sun and sand are some of the simple and natural pleasures in life, that doesn’t mean the trip is easy. To tote your belongings along your journey, you’ll need just that, the perfect beach tote.
This Printed ‘Petal Dance’ Beach Tote by Diane von Furstenberg is the perfect way to boldly break up your solid beach number. Made from lightweight canvas, it won’t weigh you down, even with all of those magazines. Head to the flagship store at 874 Washington street to pick up yours.
|The Petal Dance Tote|
Looking for something to throw over your back instead? Baggu offers an environmentally and wallet friendly option in this nautical ‘Sailor Stripe’ backpack. Shop the Baggu store in Brooklyn, and feel free to swap the stripes for a variety of colors and other prints.
|Baggu Sailor Stripe Backpack|
We all love to soak up some rays, but it’s important to do so responsibly. I have had way too many run-ins with improperly applied sunscreen to risk the possibility of looking like a lobster again. So, if you’re anything like me and tend to miss a few spots, shading your face with a stylish hat is not a bad idea.
This Melissa Odabash ‘Jemima Navy Hat’ from New York’s own Pesca Boutique is an accessorized accessory. The hat features a wide brim and a matching navy belt adorned with a flirtatious gold buckle on the side. Protect your skin while remaining stylish.
|Jemima Navy Hat|
How else will you people watch without a good pair of sunglasses? This season’s must-haves are from notable New Zealand designer, Karen Walker. If her latest eyewear campaign with some familiar faces from Advanced Style is not enough of a sell, try them on at Brooklyn boutique Cloak & Dagger and witness the chic transformation.
|Sunnies from Karen Walker|
Though the cast of “Baywatch” would disagree, people do not in fact wear bathing suits all day, everyday – not a bathing suit on its own anyway. For the days when we’re feeling less than perfect, or for the errands and activities in between beach time, there’s the cover-up. Long, short, printed, solid, the cover-up is perhaps the quintessential beach accessory for women.
Shop two go-to New York beachwear boutiques for a varied assortment of cover-ups, guaranteed to have one that fits your body and style. This ‘Becca by Rebecca Virtue’ crochet dress from Everything But Water is flirtatiously sexy with cap sleeves and a hip- hugging drop waist skirt.
|Becca by Rebecca Virtue|
Looking for something a bit more forgiving and less form-fitting? This solid v-neck kaftan by Cia Maritima, sold at Canyon Beachwear is the perfect answer.
Many a beach community support an optional shoe policy, but you wouldn’t want to miss out on a delicious lunch all because you decided against sandals and found the one and only no-shoes, no-shirt, no-service seafood shack. Besides, what better way to complete an ensemble than with the perfect pair of shoes?
When it comes to flip-flop sandals, few brands offer more of a selection than Brazilian brand, Havaianas. In addition to offering just about every color in existence, Havaianas also gives customers the opportunity to design their own flip flop.
|Havaianas Flip Flops|
Looking for something a bit sturdier? Try their adorable espadrilles. But before you head to the Havaianas website, treat yourself to a walk on the Highline where you’ll find the Havaianas summer pop-up store. Through September 3, the brand has set up shop in a 1,200 square foot space at 74 Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District.