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Beachside, Poolside, Summer Style Perfect

06/28/2015 01:29 am ET | Updated Jun 27, 2016

If the warmer weather, longer days and all that embodies summer time doesn't make you melt, the first official day of summer surely will. Gone are heavy coats, grey skies, cold temperatures. Life seems to slow down, time seems to sift and change. Windows and doors stay open, even the food and drinks are a little different. It's summertime, and while every season has its own elements of style and fun, there's nothing quite like it.

The first item of order is to update the equipment. The summer months are all about chic totes that can carry all, simple flat sandals that work with everything and navigate sand, grass or other elements of nature with ease, and of course a few good reads to keep you busy while doing nothing but lounging and relaxing. If you've been working the thong or flip flop sandal from the past few seasons, update with any of the red-hot flat sandal trends this year -- slip on slides, lace up and gladiator to freshen up the look. H&M is a spot for the simple and affordable. If you're looking for an investment piece, Stuart Weitzman has been going strong for simple, summer flat sandals that are every bit as chic and cool.

No summer staple gets more work than the easy, breezy tote handbag that can transition from day to night, work to play, pool to beach, concert or whatever else is on your agenda. Shopbop.com has so many incredible options ranging from pricey to budget-friendly. We love the big, bold color and design of Mara Hoffman's collection. But just about anything can do.

When it comes to summer skincare, the essentials are not to be missed. A great gentle cleanser, a solid face sunscreen, and protection for the body, lips, hair, etc. Not Your Mother's haircare products are an editor favorite. Any of Suki skincare's cleansers are not likely to disappoint long after summer's easy days have made the fall transition. Sunscreen from Coola and SuperGoop are never far from reach here regardless of the time of year, but both have a range of products that are easy and perfect for all of the elements that the summer season throws at you.