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20 Summer Outfit Essentials You Need for Best Beach Style in 2021

luxury summer outfit essentials you need to show the best beach style in 2021, including totes, hats, cover-ups and sunglasses

Now that summer 2021 is finally here, what are the cute must-have wardrobe essentials that will being a sense of style, fashion and fun to all of your beach days this season? Our ace correspondent Julie Chang Murphy has curated a list of 20 of the most stylish and chic summer outfit essentials you need for best beach style in 2021, including beach totes, hats, cover-ups, and sunglasses.

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When we envision ourselves at the beach, we imagine a sort of effortless jet-setting glamour. Like a vintage postcard, a bathing suit spread in Vogue, and of course, that iconic scene in From Here to Eternity.

luxury summer outfit essentials you need to show the best beach style in 2021, including totes, hats, cover-ups and sunglasses

luxury summer outfit essentials you need to show the best beach style in 2021, including totes, hats, cover-ups and sunglasses

However, it doesn’t take long for reality to set in. Instead of those glorious beach waves, our hair might look like a mangled wig for an extra in a zombie movie.

Instead of a smooth bronzed tan, we are blotchy with sunburn and sand.

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But that doesn’t mean we can’t at least start the day looking like a veritable beach goddess. And besides, there’s little that can’t be fixed with a pair of giant sunglasses and stylish sun hat. We previously covered the best in beach gear and swimwear. So in this installment, we’re focusing on the best personal beach accessories. Here are the best totes, hats, cover-ups and sunglasses to elevate your look.

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The most stylish and chic beach accessories for this Summer 2021

summer outfit essentials 2021: best Beach Totes

The classic beach bag is casual, eye-catching and practical. These totes aren’t too precious (because, sand) but still feel special.

1. marni

We love the vintage market bag vibes of this Marni tote. It’s made with technical canvas to protect your beach read from the elements.

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2. seabags

Handcrafted in Maine, Sea Bags’ totes are all printed on recycled sail cloth. The octopus graphic and rope trimmed design fit right in with that summery, coastal style

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3. parker & hyde

Neoprene to the rescue! Not only is this sporty fabrication is so durable and light, but it’s waterproof too.

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4. la double j

We don’t usually fall for the gimmick of a reversible print but we’ll make and exception for La Double J’s kaleidoscopic colorways. Whether it’s pink or blue, you’ll always look fresh.

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5. steel canvas

These generous carry-alls are made of sturdy vinyl and easy to wipe down. Perfectly preppy and practical!

BUY NOW – $68

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summer outfit essentials 2021: best Beach Hats

Knotted tresses? No problem. Kill two birds with one stone and don a glam beach hat to tame the hair and provide some shaded mystery.

1. missoni

The fruity stripes on this straw hat are irresistible and pair well with any bathing suit —lending visual interest to a neutral or happily power-clashing with a vibrant print.

beach accessories Summer 2021

The most stylish and chic beach accessories for Summer 2021 including beach totes, hats, cover-ups, and sunglasses. Courtesy Photo.

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2. nanushka

This bucket hat is updated with a sloping brim for some mod charm and as beauty gurus always say, “Don’t forget the neck!”

beach accessories Summer 2021

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3. eugenia kim

We love Eugenia Kim’s feminine, gorgeous hats. This one is no exception with an attractive woven raffia pattern and a lush, wide ribbon.

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4. anthropologie

This easy and breezy hat with a simple striped border will be the one you reach for again and again. Pair with denim cut-offs after your swim and you’re golden.

beach accessories Summer 2021

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5. loeffler randall

For those who have lost many hats to the wind, perhaps a snug visor is more fitting. The leopard print gives it a cheeky twist.

beach accessories Summer 2021

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summer outfit essentials 2021: best Beach Cover-Ups

A stylish beach cover up is clutch. Second to a good book, it’s the item you should never go to the beach without.

1. veronica beard

Already gathered in a polished, asymmetrical silhouette, it’s never been easier to go from sand to seafood restaurant.

beach totes and hats

The most stylish and chic beach accessories for Summer 2021 including beach totes, hats, cover-ups, and sunglasses. Courtesy Photo.

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2. melissa odabash

This airy, cotton voile kaftan keeps you comfortable and looking lovely all day at the beach. With delicate embroidery and fringe details, it has boho beach babe written all over it.

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3. ganni

What’s hotter than the beach at 2pm? You in this maxi dress with intricate lace embroidery!

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4. l*space

This shirt/tunic hybrid is the perfect thing to throw over a bikini as is or tuck into a sarong.  Button it, up Tie a knot, or just keep it flowy and loose. It contains multitudes.

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5. lisa marie fernandez

This cover-up combines two of our favorite cozy silhouettes: sweatshirt and muumuu. Made with semi-sheer linen gauze, it has a rope drawstring hood and a breezy and roomy skirt for maximum comfort.

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summer outfit essentials 2021: best Sunglasses

The quickest way to look like a movie star on vacay?  Sunglasses. And we can never have too many because life happens and they’re not always already on top of our heads.

1. linda farrow

If you’re one of those people who never loses their sunglasses, consider this luxe 18kt rose-gold gradient sunglasses. The half-rim frames give it a modern twist.

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2. celine

A classic brown tortoiseshell never goes out of style. Celine’s oversized square frames stay true to Hedi Slimane’s vision.

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3. coco and breezy

For something eclectic and edgy, check out Coco and Breezy’s cat-eye sunglasses. So fun!

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4. prada

We’d pair these sophisticated shades with a sleek black bathing suit to exude an air of quiet mystery. Maybe then the seagulls will leave us alone.

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5. bottega veneta

These aviators add a flash of understated glamour to your look. We love the unique hexagon frames which give it a modern twist.

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The most stylish and chic beach accessories for this Summer 2021

That’s our take on the best cute luxury summer outfit essentials you need to show your top beach style in 2021, including totes, hats, cover-ups and sunglasses. What’s your favorite, dear reader? Summer is upon us and We. Can’t. Wait.

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Crediting her training as a cultural anthropologist at Wellesley College, Julie has immersed herself in various industries in the last 15 years including fashion design, event planning, and fitness. Julie lives in New York where she loves trying every ramen and dumpling restaurant with her husband and three children. She finds joy in bold prints, biographies of fierce women, kickboxing. And spending way too long finding the perfect polish color to express her mood.

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