THE GETAWAY: ESSENTIALS FOR THE BEACH AND BEYOND

by Marisa Marcantonio

Summer is in full swing. If you are getting out of town for the 4th of July, here are some new classics for your long weekend sojourn. From beach to barbecue you can wear these pieces and transition nicely. Fresh, nonchalant summer dressing can be done. Here's how.

Photo courtesy of Barneys New York

Photo courtesy of Barneys New York

Protect your skin from the sun's rays with one of my favorite summery straw hat designers, Lola Hats. This version has a ribbon chin tie that keeps the hat on your head in brisk breezes.

Photo courtesy of Barneys New York

Photo courtesy of Barneys New York

I have a thing for sunglasses. Lately I have had the urge to scoop up every new cool pair I see. I've resisted though, and I am saving up for a sweet pair of Oliver Peoples for Byredo shades, as seen above. A hip Stockholm perfumer does sunglasses capturing the spirit of LA? Ok.

Photo courtesy of J. Crew

Photo courtesy of J. Crew

Ikat makes an appearance on J. Crew swimwear this season. A ladylike maillot in a fun print is always a good idea.

Photo Courtesy of Shop Bop

Photo Courtesy of Shop Bop

Never lose your beach towel when stripes are involved. Ruby Mint, a new Laguna Beach-based brand, has launched a collection of fringe-edge towels with a twist. Sun worshipers, this is for you.

Photo courtesy of Clare V

Photo courtesy of Clare V

A white bag is something I have resisted, but every time I see a chic one on a New York City passerby, I get the urge to own one.  The perforated leather Franc bag from Clare V. with thick rope handles feels both nautical and jaunty, the kind of bag made for hot city days.

Photo courtesy Ann Mashburn

Photo courtesy Ann Mashburn

Ann Mashburn always gets the clean, crisp look summer dressing calls for. Les Indiennes Espadrilles in a darling blue and white flower print transitioning from Main Street to the beach easy.