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Whether you’re beach-bound or heading for the park, enjoying R&R in the sun requires planning — and shopping. Starting with a pair of seriously stylish shades, Karen Dacre selects the high summer essentials you need in your life. Take it easy
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1. The hold-everything pouch

Whether it’s to hold your ipod or your beer money, a printed pouch with a trusty zip is essential for sunbathers. Avoid the boring options — and the bun bags! — and choose something with a print. This Orla Kiely one is our favourite.

2. The foundation

A punchy beach towel will see you through the season. Opt for vivacious prints and don’t shy you away from colour. Head to John Lewis for a vast selection.

3. The beach read

Forget 50 Shades and use your downtime to learn something instead. Why Fashion Matters by London College of Fashion’s head Frances Corner guides us through the dizzying world of fashion.

4. The splashers

As essential to summer living as BBQs and ice-cold negronis, Salt Water Sandals are every women’s salvation. Wear them to dinner or for a dip in the sea.

5. The shades

For classic glamour with a preppy New England twist, these Tommy Hilfiger sunglasses hold the solution and are available at Specsavers now.

6. Use your head

Panama hats are so 2013. Embrace a new day, and a new look, with a floral snap-back. This New Era style will top off your season.

7. Wrapped up

No sunbathing is complete without a printed scarf. Tie this printed number from Whistles round your head or later over a bikini for an easy-breezy fresh-from-the-beach vibe.

8. Kitted out

A small yet perfectly formed beauty kit is your greatest ally. The new SPF from Eve Lom, Fresh’s tinted lip balm and Phyto Paris’s protective hair mist will keep you safe in the sun, while a quick slick of Lancôme’s waterproof mascara and St Tropez’s self-tan will take care of any impromptu pub stops.

9. The star act

This year’s hottest bikinis come in candy shades and leave little to the imagination. Wear this sugar sweet bandeau style from Lazur to the beach or to the park. Add accessories and attitude.

10. White out

Nothing keeps you cool like lightweight cotton. Layer a simple white shirt over anything for that St Tropez look.

11. The rest is noise

The sounds of summer will be pitch perfect when floating gently out of these zappy Urban Ears headphones.

12. The print

Nothing says summer like flamingos. This Alice and Olivia skirt looks great with a simple T-shirt and even better with a bikini.

13. The carry-on

Whether you’re filling it with sand, sunscreen or sangria, a high-summer shopper should be far from unassuming. This block stripe style from Kate Spade hits the spot.

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