Now that temperatures in NYC have nearly reached 100 degrees, it's a good time to start thinking about hitting the beach. Whether you're just taking a day trip to Rockaway Beach or jet-setting to the Greek island of Mykonos, comfort and chicness are both key. We cringe when we spot someone wearing an oversize t-shirt and a visor at the beach. Looking sloppy is 100% inexcusable, especially since there are so many adorable and functional pieces that are affordable and easy to wear.
The first thing to think about when packing your bag for the beach is protection. Never forget to bring sunscreen with at least an SPF of 15 and to reapply often. While sunscreen is great, it certainly isn't enough. To further protect your face and scalp, make sure to grab a floppy straw hat. If you're putting the hat into a suitcase and concerned about it losing its shape, try our Crushable Sun Hat - an awesome item that every frequent traveler should own.
The next item that you should always have with you is a trusty pair of sunglasses. Whether you prefer the feline shape, retro wayfarers, or old-school aviators, Teddy has a plethora of options. In stores, we've noticed that many people complain about not knowing what sunglasses look best on them. If you're unsure, follow this quick guideline:
* Heart-Shaped Faces and Square Faces look best in cat-eye sunglasses
* Long & Narrow Faces benefit from an oversize pair of Jackie O. shades
* Oval Faces can rock any style
* Round Faces are complimented by wide, colorful aviators
If you can't bring a friend shopping with you, it's helpful to keep this guide in mind so that you don't become overwhelmed with all of the different options.
One item that many people forget about is a great cover-up. Even if you always tan and never burn, it's smart to bring a cover-up to avoid getting too much sun. Cover-ups are always a handy item to toss on if you're going to grab a drink at an air-conditioned cafe or take a bike ride on the boardwalk.
If you want to cover up your bathing suit but avoid ridiculous tan lines, make sure to stock up on strapless dresses. The Flower Power Dress pictured above is colorful and fun but also super comfortable and stretchy (and we also carry a maxi version in different colors). When you're ready to leave the beach, this dress is also something that you can change into for the trip home. Another thing to never forget is a bandeau bra! Nothing is worse than putting on an underwire bra after spending the entire day in a comfortable swimsuit.
We hope you all have a great time at the beach this summer! Don't forget to check out our Facebook page and let us know if we missed any of your beachwear essentials.