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In the age of Instagram, accessorizing is crucial and even more so when it comes to dressing for summer outfits where the right pair of earrings, beach clutch or sarong can elevate a look in the split of a second. And so, as we embark onto our first long weekend of the year we couldn’t help but pin down the summer-appropriate pieces we’ll be packing in our suitcases and consequently meticulously pairing for the ultimate beach look.

10 pieces can be considered very little or a rather significant (*unnecessary* at times?) amount, but sometimes a girl needs options. With summer right around the corner, and this weird in-between weather finally falling into consistently sunshine-filled days, we recommend stepping a bit outside your usual dressing comfort zone, try a bold new colour, swimsuit style, and add a little punch, even if it’s just in the shape of fruits occupying the side of your straw clutch.

We proceeded as we always do when too many options are being offered, and reached out to the team and our readers to hear what they’ve been investing in or are planning to. As the results were coming in, we noticed a pattern of what everyone has been coveting, which consisted of a good amount of straw and raffia accessories and a huge selection of swimwear. In particular 80’s style high cut leg bikinis and one-pieces, carefully paired with the perfect beach coverups. Expect sarongs, pareos and kaftans in sleek white or crochet. In the accessories department, we’ve got our eyes on these beaded sunglasses by up and comer Freda Banana, raffia straw bags with sweet detailing, oversized hats, and the most colourful fruit salads dangling from your earlobes.

Whether you’re headed to a seaside resort in Italy or crossing oceans to a tropical destination, we’ve got you covered in terms of what to pack when entering a sandy environment. Scroll through to shop effortless editor and reader-approved summer essentials, for basking in the sun or indulging in a chic beach-side lunch.

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