A big thank you to everyone who shared sunscreen recommendations, we all benefit from that dialogue and I’ve already ordered a number of them.
However, sunscreen is not enough for me to safely enjoy a day at the beach — I set-up camp under an umbrella. Years ago I posted my beach essentials, and when I reread it recently I realized it’s time for an update.
I love French market baskets, but stopped using them for the beach — they bring a lot of sand into the car and wet towels and swimsuits do them no favors. LL Bean canvas totes are sturdy and washable — a real win-win. Ages ago I gave a monogrammed one to Anna Wintour for her birthday and I wouldn’t be surprised if she still uses it, they last forever. Also, I never wore those Isabel Marant slides to the beach, or anywhere for that matter (they did not stay on my feet). I’m a flip flop girl and classic Havaianas get 5 stars for comfort and durability and they are great when the sand is hot or rocky. I even keep a pair in my car in case of rain. In addition to beach towels, I bring light-weight cotton wraps — they make great sarongs. And a reader reminded me that it’s time to buy new rash guards with built-in SPF. I found this striped one (also in red) at J. Crew and Lululemon has a solid coral that is very cute. Add a straw hat and good book and I’m set to go.
Lisa Scully, owner of the Locust Valley Bookstore, does spot-on book reviews and I’ve yet to be disappointed by her recommendations. Try to get on her newsletter email list too.
Cashmere double-slit turtleneck sweater
Wrap front plaid dress
Sirah oversized cable-knit turtleneck sweater
Crécy belt in smooth calfskin
Soft City single-breasted wool coat
A-line bouclé skirt
Bansha Fair Isle merino wool turtleneck sweater
Carré leather cross-body bag
Oversized wool-blend sweater
Crécy Camera bag
Packable-hood quilted down jacket