Invited to your neighbor’s pool party? It’s time to turn some heads. Check out our list of hand-selected fashion apparel and accessories for you (and your plus one) that’ll impress friends and family at your next summer shindig. We made sure to find items purchasable in the Marin County, including locally-based shops and bigger brand names like J.Crew.
It always feels good to represent where you came from, and there’s no better way to rep Marin than through what you wear.
Mayflower Drawstring Dress by Nicholas
$ 695, at Intermix (Larkspur)
The luscious tropical pattern on this thigh-high slit, strapless dress puts us in the mood for sipping mai tai on a hot beach in Hawaii. Made from breathable silk material, the dress flows as you walk, keeping you cool in sultry weather.
Emelia Hat by Kin the Label
$160, Kin the Label
A lovely statement for any summer outfit, the Emelia Hat combines style and functionality through its sleek design and ample coverage. Used materials include genuine panama straw and a wrapped black silk band. Read about Kin the Label co-founders, twin sisters Sarah Brady and Ashley Cornil, and their passion for hat-making to learn more.
Akira Sunglasses by Andy Wolf
Price upon request, at Rims & Goggles (Mill Valley)
The light material and modern design make these shades feel weightless, perfect for fun activities like volleyball, dancing, or strolling on the beach. Black sunglasses also go with almost anything you might have in your closet, but feel free to check out other colors at this local eyewear store.
Catalina Espadrilles by Tory Burch
$198, at Shoe Stories (Sausalito)
If you’re one for comfort, these slip-on espadrilles feature a slight heel and stretchy band for a fresh and easy look that’ll have you out the door in no time. The braided straw design and neutral, ivory shade make this a timeless summer staple that looks great with bright red, orange, and other summery colors.
Sideways Tote by Ampersand as Apostrophe
$594, at The Store (Mill Valley)
With its sleek lines, soft leather, and simple design, the Sideways Tote can fit everything from your iPad to bottles of sunscreen for your next summer trip or beach party. Useful and chic. Other colors are also available.
Board Short in Jungle Fern Print by J.Crew
$69.70, at J.Crew (Corte Madera)
Add some pizzazz to the party with these vibrantly patterned board shorts—made for the truly fun and adventurous at heart. For the athletic types out there, these are very easy to pull on and tie with the drawstring when you want to hit the beach running.
Lightweight Bluffside Shirt by Patagonia
$69, at REI (Corte Madera)
Sometimes you don’t need to be the loudest in the room. For a more conservative day look, Patagonia’s collared, button-down shirt in grey provides a relaxed fit for hiking and travel and is also made from organically grown cotton and polyester.
Hand-sewn Mule by Feit
$400, at Unionmade (Larkspur)
Every girl needs a faithful, solid shoe option to prevent decision-making fatigue. We’ve found the one!
These buttery tan mules are a sturdy, timeless, and matchable with any outfit, neutral enough to go with elaborate prints or patterns. You can throw them on with your flashiest summer dress without thinking it’s too much. Handcrafted with English suede and light bamboo shank for lightness and durability, they are as cozy as a pair of your favorite house slippers.
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