In addition to scoring the perfect bathing suit(s) for your trip, there are a few other very important pieces every girl needs to do her beach getaway right. A light read and a handful of go-to fashion mags for lazy, oceanside lounging; a floppy, wide-brim hat to protect her face from glaring UV rays; shades that'll look cute in all of those photos; sunscreen (duh); and a stylish cover-up to round it out, of course.
These throw-over pieces make life so much easier. (When on vacation, we want things to be as carefree as possible.) Going to lunch after a morning tanning sesh? No need to change out of your bikini: Simply slip into the cover-up you've cleverly stashed away in your tote, and voilà
— you're ready to dine! Same goes for dinner or any food-related occasion, for that matter. Feeling a little overexposed and/or sunburned? You know the solution. For tropical retreats, they'll serve as a substantial part of your wardrobe, since it's probably too hot to wear much else. So, we scouted out 21 fresh picks — mesh caftans, short shorts, sarongs, and more — we can't wait to hit the sand in.
Market Research by Marissa Rosenblum