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VV Must Have: 10 Summer Essentials You Need Now

Zoe Saldana cotton dressThe days are getting longer and the temperatures are finally rising, which can only mean one thing: unofficial summer is here!

It’s time for ice-cream, impromptu picnics, sun-kissed shoulders and oversize sunglasses, so make sure you have everything you need to take on the weather in style. Fashionable add-ons, such as bags, shoes and other accessories can help freshen up your look and shield you from hazardous UV-rays.

Here are 10 summer essentials that should be apart of your wardrobe. Enjoy!

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1. LIGHTWEIGHT COTTON DRESS

When temperatures are high, wearing a lightweight cotton dress keeps you cool, comfortable, and fashion forward. Bold prints and vibrant colors can add a jolt to your outfit, making it perfect for casual summer days spent outside.

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Sandals2. ALL-PURPOSE SANDALS

For many women, sandals are a true staple of summer style. They are casual and, in many locations, the go-to shoe for most summer outings. Make sure you have a pair that is comfortable and versatile.

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3. COTTON TANK TOP

Cotton tanks are versatile, comfortable and usually inexpensive. They can be basic or bold, depending on the colors and patterns you choose. They’re also a great to slide over a bikini at the beach without worrying about getting too hot.

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Kourtney Kardashian shorts4. LIGHTWEIGHT SHORTS

Summer usually means it’s time to break out shorts made out of a lightweight material to can help keep you cool. Pair vibrant-colored shorts with a neutral top and shoes to achieve an effortless look that is still inspired by the season.

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Oversize tote bag5. OVERSIZE TOTE BAG

Summer outings can involve lugging around a lot of stuff. Make sure you have an oversize tote for those days when a small bag just isn’t enough. They come in so many different styles, you’re sure to find one that meets your needs, whether it’s for a day on the beach or a weekend in a big city.

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Floppy Hat6. FLOPPY HAT

Sunscreen is a good start, but sun protection shouldn’t end there.

Wearing a floppy hat keeps the sun’s damaging rays off your skin and scalp. It can also help prevent damage to your hair.

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Sunglasses

7. SUNGLASSES

Another important part of sun protection is a good pair of shades that shield your eyes from damaging UV rays. Pick a not-too-trendy pair that works well with your face shape instead. Aim to find sunglasses that look like they were made for you. It’s a difficult, but once you’ve found them, hang on to them.

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Summer scarf

8. LIGHT SUMMER SCARF

Light summer scarves serve as the perfect way to add eye-catching color to everyday outfits.

Wrap a lightweight scarf around your neck to dress up jeans and a tee, or wear one with your favorite dress to stay warm in overly air-conditioned buildings. Scarves also make great sarongs when you need a bit of extra coverage at the beach.

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Perfume

9. PERFUME

You want to smell intoxicating and enchanting when you’re getting close to that someone special, right?

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10. HEADSCARF. NOT BRIGHT, COLORFUL

Because even in the summer, we have bad hair days. You can cover your entire head with it, fold it into a thin strip & wear like a headband, or even twist it up into a turban style. Why not have a signature scarf this season?

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