Southern Style

Summer Style: Make a Splash

Everything to while away a day by the water, from hats and towels to swimsuits and eyewear—plus the swankiest pool float under the sun
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Bring a bit of tropical Miami glamour to any backyard pool with Urban Outfitters’ float. At seven feet wide and about seven feet long (roughly the size of a queen mattress), the vinyl leaf provides plenty of room to stretch out and relax—or cast off with a few of your closest friends.

photo: Stacey Van Berkel

Keep fashionably cool with these updated takes on classic straw toppers. Clockwise from top: A telescope crown and a wide brim set off the panama straw sun hat by Brookes Boswell; Preston & Olivia’s pink straw fedora takes inspiration from the colorful architecture in founder Dara Kent-Cobb’s native Louisiana; bright blue cotton pom-poms embellish this handmade palm straw boater from Yosuzi; Yestadt Millinery crafts its beribboned fedora with straw woven from sisal fibers; J.McLaughlin’s raffia topper has a laid-back, unfinished edge.

photo: Stacey Van Berkel

Lounge in style with beach towels in bold patterns and cool colors. From top: Hedgehouse’s extra-large (54-by-76-inch) pink-and-white-striped linen towel doubles as a beach blanket or a pareo; two hues of blue at play from Southern Tide; Georgia artist Susan Hable of Hable Construction collaborated with Australia’s McTavish Surfboards on this towel that shows off her shell drawings; Jonathan Adler’s mod honeycomb print; fringed stripes in aqua and cream by Hermès; L.L. Bean goes surf and turf with alternating blue and grass green; designer Lulu DK’s abstract cutout motif in navy for Matouk.

photo: Stacey Van Berkel

Whether you’re on the beach or in a boat, a good pair of sunglasses should never be far away. These blue-hued shades look great around town, too. From top: Costa’s Pawleys blend comfortable retro frames with polarized lenses; Seville from Garrett Leight features slim round stainless-steel frames and sapphire gradient lenses; Maui Jim’s Tail Slide has two cool touches—frosted spring-hinged frames and ice-blue-mirrored polarized glass lenses; mirrored indigo lenses pop against New Orleans–based Krewe’s Franklin matte tortoiseshell frames; designer Thom Browne nails the details—dapper navy acetate frames and lenses with gold-tone hardware accents.

photo: Stacey Van Berkel

From vibrant prints to subtle stripes, there’s a suit to suit you here. Clockwise from top left: Red and pink come together handsomely with the geometric print on trunks from classic British menswear maker Turnbull & Asser; Vineyard Vines’ bright pink and blue sea scenes; North Carolina–based Peter Millar took inspiration from Outer Banks surf culture for these trunks; South Carolina’s Southern Tide supplies a breathable seersucker option; a beachy palm print from venerable St.-Tropez brand Vilebrequin; the subtle cactus pattern brings Texas flair to this pair from Onia.

photo: Stacey Van Berkel