By Lily Sullivan

Published on June 21, 2018

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From putting together a pretty-in-pink picnic to gathering your gals for a sporty beach hang, here are the warm-weather favorites to channel your sunniest self. Whether you are the country mouse or the city mouse—you take seasonal inspiration from Wet Hot American Summer or Blue Crush—let this be your spirit guide. Gear up and get outside for the best summer ever. 

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Picnic Pretty

The grass is always greener when you have the makings for a chic outdoor spread.

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Think of these discreet pocket-size cocktails as a bartender in a bottle. Miss Casanova Daiquiri, Wandering Barman, from $10

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Pastel Enamel Mini Spoon, Terrain, $10

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Pink Marble Plates, Oh Happy Day, $7 for set of 8

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 This lounge chair breaks down flat for easy transport to that bright patch of lawn. Baltic Birch Two-Piece Chair, New Made LA, $225

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Ultra Blanket, Sin, $495

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Portuguese Sardines in Olive Oil by Bela, Food 52, $18

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 A boxy straw tote doubles as the ideal basket bag to store all your snack necessities. Twin Box Purse by Abaca, Mohawk General Store, $72

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Little Flowers Linen Napkins, Kip & Co., $55

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Laird Hat, Janessa Leone, $357

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The Leslie Swimsuit, Solid and Striped, $176

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Have Fun Lipstick Matches, Red Earth, $18

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Monte Cushion #1, Pampa, $152

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Andrea Brugi Olive Wood Cutting Board, Nickey Hoe, $175

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Salon Sandals, Carrie Forbes, $300

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Sex Jar, Bitossi, $25

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Superberry Hydrate and Glow Oil, Youth to the People, $44

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Ombré Cups, Oh Happy Day, $6 for set of 8

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Bronzing Bricks, Make Beauty, $30

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Surf’s up

Catch a wave or break out the volleyball while sporting these beach babe must-haves.

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Slide-On Sandals, Vans, $30 vans.com

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Mr. Zog’s Sex Wax for Drumsticks, Interstate Music, $3.99

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Zodiac-Print Kookboard, Cynthia Rowley, $495

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The Surfer’s Journal, $17

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Pamela Sunglasses, Illesteva, $220

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Zeppelin Body Oil, Jiva Apoha, $60

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Heritage Mashup Trucker Hat, Billabong, $23

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Jasmine Tomato Bonded Maillot, Lisa Marie Fernandez, $370

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 A portable radio in water-resistant silicone sets the soundscape. Radio Tykho, Lexon, $69

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Striped Cookie Beach Towel, Maui and Sons, $23

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 Protect your skin the cool Cali-girl way with a dab of zinc nosecoat. Colored Nosecoat by Zinka, Urban Outfitters, $8

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 Shady ladies get full-body coverage under this umbrella in a fringy The Endless Summer ombré. Sunset Carnival Umbrella, Sunny Life, $50

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Color-Blocked Packable Belt Bag, Tory Sport, $248

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Patagonia Logo Disc, Patagonia, $10

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Pineapple Tanning Oil, Bali Body, $22

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Pool Cool

Make a splash at your next party with a water-themed color palette and fun-in-the-sun accessories. (Pool boy not included.) 

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Squiggles Tray + Drop Coasters, Another Human, $250

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Acapulco Blue-Green Lounge Chair, CB2, $279 cb2.com

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Juanita Place Mat by Kristine Peñafiel Salviejo, Home Coming, $28

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Moody Blue Long Stone Servers, Love Adorned, $110

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Elana Dinner Plate, Anthropologie, $18

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Sophie Bag by Maryam Nassir Zadeh, Tenoversix, $673

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Daily Protezione Sunscreen, Vive Sana, $55

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Cromatica Bluetooth Speaker by Habits Design Studio, MoMA Design Store, $399

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 A summer statement piece to let everyone know where you’ll be this season. Giant Towel, Bando, $38

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Abigail Bikini Top $115 and Jay Bikini Bottom, Mara Hoffman, $140

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Swirl Baking Dish by Oyku Thurston Gurpinar & Basak Onay, MoMA Design Store, from $21

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 For a rooftop dip or a major upgrade to your ice bucket, this not-so-kiddie inflatable is the perfect pool substitute. Luxe Inflatable Pool, Mini Dip, $70

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Striped Slide Sandals by Marni, Goop, $690

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Ombré Drinking Glasses, Coming Soon, $10

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Elevator Music Eau de Parfum, Byredo, $275

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Turn this rolling cooler–slash–drinks station into an outdoor sweet stand for ice cream, Popsicles, and lots of rosé. Patio Rolling Cooler by Permasteel, Wayfair, $169

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Wild Child

Wet Hot American Summer meets Wes Anderson for the retro sleepaway-camp vibes of your dreams. 

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Hip Bottle, Hip, $15

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Space Cowboy Glasses by Planet i, Opening Ceremony, $115

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Angela Bikini, Hunzag, $186

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Hair + Body Shampoo Bar, Daughter of the Land, $19

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Playing Cards, Best Made Co., $8

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Bam-Dana Scarf, Bliss Mischief, $68

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The Brass Flashlight, Best Made Co., $98

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Holding three days’ worth of emergency food and drink supplies and solar-powered gear, this backpack is the definition of utilitarian chic. The Prepster Backpack 3-Day Emergency Bag, Preppi, $395

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Couto Pasta Dentifrica Toothpaste, The Primary Essentials, $8

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All-Natural Spiced Nuts by Sugar Plum, Food52, $28

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Capture all the magic moments of the great outdoors using an analog instant camera. Lomo Instant Square Camera, Lomography, $259

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Marshmallow & Weenie Stick, M. Crow, $70 for set of 3

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Ghost Story Candle, Species by the Thousands, $30

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Letter Board, MoMA Design Store, $75

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Glacier National Park Pieced Quilt Set, Pendleton, from $129

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 Spritz away musty smells and bugs with this ingenious citrus-based perfume that also acts as an insect repellant. Eau Fraiche, Fragrance with Benefits, $85

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Retro Folding Stool, Kikkerland, $10

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Stuffable Fanny Pack, Poler Stuff, $25

This story originally appeared in the Summer 2018 issue with the headline “The Ultimate Summer Essentials.”

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