Living in New York City, I’m always dreaming of frolicking on the beach in the fresh air of my favourite season: summer. With Memorial Day weekend around the corner, a magical warm-weather escape is finally in sight—which calls for a packing list tailored to the destination.
Whether you venture to a tropical island in the Caribbean wearing your best crochet separates, journey to the South of France for days at sea with the perfect black one-piece, or wander to the point-break waves of Montauk wearing a sporty two-piece, I believe a carefully packed suitcase makes summer travel all the more exciting. Ahead, I have your itinerary covered with a beachwear guide including the best swimsuits, summer attire, and everything in between, as seen in the pages of Harper’s BAZAAR. Read on for a breakdown of my favourite looks to inspire trips of a lifetime.
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Chanel’s leather Mini Macramé handbag provides the perfect amount of ’70s-style warm-weather flair and comes with an extra set of straps to be worn as a crossbody.
FOR A TROPICAL ISLAND VACATION
Hit the sand in a breezy mix of bright colors and woven separates
Natural waterfalls, towering palm trees, and a delicious treat infused with coconuts—sounding like paradise yet? On a dreamy tropical vacation, vibrant knit pants or a colourful crochet dress are exactly what you should wear to jaunt across the island. I love the idea of accessories with accents made from natural material, and my favourite bangles from Hermès are wooden and lacquered in brilliant hues. For a touch of special sun protection, Colville makes the most beautiful, vegetable-dyed raffia hats, sourced and handwoven in Madagascar.
In the spirit of an island vacation, adding a playful touch just feels right. Loewe x Paula’s Ibiza delivered a fun pair of flower-shaped sunglasses for basking on the beach. For a finishing touch, you can’t go wrong with a bright Swarovski pendant necklace to match.
Swarovski Chroma Pendant
Diotima Crystal Mesh Dennis Marina
Missoni Multicoloured Trousers
Dr. Scholl’s Original Sandal
Colville Sisterhood Hat
Frame x Julia Sarr-Jamois Mini Dress
We the Free by Free People Loving Good Vibrations Cutoffs
Hermès Marbling PM Lacquered Wood Bangle
Miu Miu Crochet Top-Handle Bag
Loewe x Paula’s Ibiza Flower Sunglasses
WHY DON’T YOU…
Wear summer’s most versatile layering piece, the string bikini, as a bra top
Louis Vuitton Monogram Jacquard Bikini Top
Eres Mouna Small Triangle Bikini Top
Ulla Johnson Maya Bikini Top
Moschino Mare Terry Embossed Triangle Bikini Top
FOR A MEDITERRANEAN GETAWAY
Make a splash in an elevated black one-piece and polished accessories
Cue Sofia Richie Grainge’s South of France wedding-week wardrobe: If you’re heading to a sparkling coastline with beautiful seafront views, true classics will pop against the skyline’s colours and scalloped umbrellas.
Designers like Michael Kors and Brandon Maxwell consider swimwear part of a full look. A classic black one-piece swimsuit can easily be tucked into a skirt or pants for an elevated summer dinner outfit. White shirting is also a big part of my wardrobe throughout the year; in the summer, an oversize organza version is an easy cover-up that feels effortless. When it’s time to cool off, Celine’s bamboo fan creates the most glamorous summer breeze of all.
Even when you’re in full vacation mode, you can still seek out investment pieces that will last beyond beach season. From a designer tote bag that can be carried to the office before summer Fridays kick in to collectible watches you’ll keep forever, shopping for long-term use is always a good idea.
Gigi Burris Millinery Claiborne Grosgrain-Trimmed Straw Sunhat
Loro Piana Contrast-Trim One-Piece Swimsuit
Brunello Cucinelli Organza Shirt with Precious Cuffs
Saint Laurent by Anthony Vaccarello Gaby Airpods Holder
Hermès Leather Sandals
Michael Kors Collection Stretch Crepe One-Shoulder Swimsuit
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Watch
Johanna Ortiz Tejiendo Esperanzas Shoulder Bag
Celine Triomphe Fan
Guess Sweetheart Padded One-Piece Swimsuit
WHY DON’T YOU…
Go with classic black sunglasses to polish off any look
FOR AN ALL-AMERICAN BEACH TRIP
Catch a wave in surf-ready swimwear with sporty accents
Whether you’re having an active time at the beach out East or by the Pacific, suiting up in sporty swimwear is the best way to go. A crop-top two-piece with high-waisted or biker-short bottoms, or a sleek rash-guard suit, will give you the freedom to catch all of the waves. When you’re strolling on the beach, keep it cool with a vintage graphic tee as a cover-up. (When else can we lean into beach merch at its finest?)
In between splashing around, dry off with Dusen Dusen’s colourful striped towels and snap memories of the whole sun-soaked day with Kodak’s waterproof digital camera. Then, carry it back to the resort or Airbnb in Longchamp’s mesh tote, a beach bag that’s also a colourful accent piece.
Firstport Company Weathered Series Montauk T-Shirt
Fendi Two-Piece Aquarius Swimsuit
Design Within Reach Dusen Dusen Striped Beach Towels
John Hardy Colorblock Bracelet
Oakley Radar EV Path
Bondi Born Ilana Bikini Top and Bottom
Herno Globe Hooded Jacket
Longchamp Le Pliage Filet Mesh Bag
WHY DON’T YOU…
Go with a sporty shoe to gear up for an active day in the sun
This article originally appeared in Harper’s BAZAAR US.