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Whether in the neighborhood or at a resort, a great day by the water requires some crucial pool essentials. After all, swim and beachwear has evolved past rubber flip flops, Speedos and long-brimmed baseball caps.
Today’s pool looks and gear have enjoyed a fashion-forward makeover, so it may be time to upgrade. Want to enjoy a worry-free day of lounging and splashing, all while keeping it cute and snap-worthy? Shop this curated selection of straw sun hats, deep v swimsuits, beach tote bags and flat sandals for women. Or mix and match these styles with wardrobe staples for fun and fabulous pool days, all summer long.
Staple Pool Essentials: The Best Deep V Swimsuit
A long day at the pool likely includes swimming. For that reason, a one piece that stays put may be more practical than a flirty little bikini. Prefer a compromise? Check out these hot, haute and practical deep v swimsuits.
The vibrant green color of this pretty ruffled monokini makes it an elevated neutral. Next, the lace up closure and deep v neckline offer an alluring hint of skin. But thanks to built-in padded bra cups and a modest leg line, the suit will stay in place in the water, preventing any unexpected wardrobe malfunctions.
For days spent mostly on the lounger, this 70s inspired monokini brings a hint of Saturday night fever to the pool deck. Combine a plunging neckline, halter tie and open back construction, and this sexy suit makes a major impression.
The tummy control panels on this gently shirred black one piece combine with adjustable shoulder straps to show skin where it’s wanted, while concealing trouble spots. Bonus: subtle padding in the bra cups help create an even more flattering bustline.
There’s nothing like this crisp, one piece white swimsuit for showing off a great tan and some simple gold jewelry. Add a sarong and a pretty pendant to this ribbed and retro style, and the piece transforms from pool essential to a fabulous night-out look.
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Under Cover: Finding the Right Straw Sun Hat
A day by the water means hours of direct sunlight, so topping the list of crucial pool essentials is a great straw sun hat. Why this material? Designed to offer maximum shade, the floppy, oversized brims are oh-so-styling, making them a great wardrobe staple for this hot-girl summer.
Up the drama—and the sun protection—with the floppy, oversized brim on this casual, ribbon-trimmed sun hat. The straw-like construction is breathable and durable, and the reversible design lends itself to so many styling options.
For a street-style twist on a sun-protection staple, try this tasseled straw fedora. With a bit more edge than a classic round-brimmed model, the hat pairs just as well with jeans and a button down as it does with all the pool essentials in this round up.
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Pool Essentials on Deck: Flat Sandals for Women
Forget the plastic things that look like junk and feel like murder between the toes. This season’s flat sandals for women are just as comfortable as they are fashionable and fabulous.
These rubber-soled flat sandals for women combine practicality and luxury thanks to the water-proof traction and quilted, studded embellishments up top. Add in comfort padding at the heel and an easy on-off design, and they’re the perfect pair of day-to-night slides.
9. Volcom Women’s Forever and Ever Flip Flop Sandal
For die-hard flip flop fans, this open-toed sandal offers an elevated take on a classic design. A knotted thong and double strap construction offer visual interest, and the slightly thicker sole adds comfort and inches for longer-looking legs.
Love the feel of Crocs but hate that round-toed crime against fashion? This pair of sleek white slides has all the water friendly comfort and practicality of the original design. But they’ve benefited from a stylish, sporty makeover and will incorporate seamlessly into a wardrobe that’s all grown up.
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Pack it all up with a Beach Tote Bag
Get all those pool essentials from point A to Point B with a beach tote bag that’s roomy, secure and, most importantly, lovely to look at.
With its oversized construction, zippered closure and plenty of side pockets, this mesh beach tote bag fits everything needed for a great pool day. Plus, it’s lightweight, foldable and comes with comfortable carry shoulder straps. So it’s a breeze to move gear around when it’s time to follow the sun.
While this fan-shaped rattan tote isn’t made for loading up the beach towels, it’s the perfect size for sunscreen, shades and some great poolside reading. Plus, its unique design makes it a great finishing piece for any swimwear look.
What pairs perfectly with a classic straw sun hat? This simple yet elegant top-handled woven raffia tote. Roomy in the body, it’s meant for stuffing in all the day’s pool essentials. Yet it’s got a structured bottom, so the bag stays upright on the pool deck, keeping the contents safe from wet surfaces.
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Which pool essentials will make their way into your beach tote bag this summer? Share in the comments below!