Style Experts Speak: Beach Bag Essentials
July 01, 2014

Whether it’s a spur-of-the-moment day trip or a full week-long vacay planned, you absolutely must have the essentials to ensure a blissfully relaxing beach getaway. We were daydreaming of our own sand-and-surf must-haves, when we found our Style Expert Abby planning her trip to the shore. What’s in her beach bag, you ask? She’s spilling the details, right now:


Confession: I’m in love with this sleek Fossil clutch. It’s the best size to carry an ID, a few cards, some change, and other small wallet-sized essentials. Talk about fab and functional! And the white leather? Divine! It’s the FIRST thing in my bag.

Let’s chat about these red Steve Madden sandals. The gold accents are eye-catching like you won’t believe, and that deep red is ahh-maa-ziing. I’ve worn them ALL over town with practically every outfit imaginable. (And if they’re not in your closet, get them now!) They’re comin’ to the beach, and you can guarantee I’ll pair them with everything like maxi dresses, linen shorts—even my swimsuit cover-up!

I’ve got an innocent summer crush, and it’s totally on this electric pink Anise nail polish. Wearing a bright and cheery pedi at the beach is a no-brainer (bonus points for nails too!). It’s going in the bag, just in case I need an emergency touch up before dinner and drinks on the boardwalk.

Love Mr. Sun for that Vitamin D, but sunburn is not on my agenda. I’m always reaching for my big round sunglasses and protective lip balm, and as soon as I hit the sand I’ll toss on this straw hat and some SPF 30—at least!

And last but not least, I couldn’t tote it all without this beautiful handbag. Straw is so summery, and the blue beaded detail reminds me of the gorgeous ocean I’ll be heading to soon! The bag is pretty spacious inside (with room for my water bottle, snacks, and more) and the durability is insane—it’ll last me for many summer seasons to come.

Okay, Shoe Lovers. Abby shared her essentials, but we’re curious—what will you be packing in your bag? Leave a comment below!


Handbag: Kelly & Katie Beaded Straw Tote $34.95 (Compare at $64!)

In bag from left to right: Steve Madden Invision $44.95 (Compare at $80!), Fossil Maddox Zip Clutch (available in select stores), Anise Nail Polish (available in select stores), Nine West Hat (available in select stores)