Style Guide: My Summer Must-Haves

The sun is shining and poolside pina coladas are calling… Summer is in full force and I love it! During this prime beachy season I like to stock up on a few summer style essentials to keep my look fresh for whatever spontaneous summertime activity may come my way. From spur of the moment beach trips to backyard barbeques, this it-list will have you covered–come sand, sangria or sunshine!

Without further ado, here is my summer must-haves style list for 2012:


  1. What would summer be without a chic, new pair of sunnies? While wayfarers, rounds, and cat eyes are trending, don’t be afraid to stick with the shape that works best for you. Check out my LC Lauren Conrad collection line of sunglasses–there’s something for everyone. And for more tips on picking the right pair for your face shape, check out my sunglasses guide.
  2. A killer swimsuit is a major must. I especially love this classic striped bikini by ViX. (Don’t they always have the best swimsuits?)
  3. A breezy maxi dress is another summer staple in my closet. This Free People dress is perfect for throwing on after a day at the beach. To be honest, it’s a total no brainer. Just throw it on, add a few cuffs, cute sandals and you’re good to good. A great maxi truly is the best fallback outfit for those hot, sticky days when you have “nothing to wear.”
  4. Summery sandals are essential. I am particularly keen on this platform pair I designed for my LC Lauren Conrad line. I wear them all the time. They can go from day to night in a snap and they’re really, really comfortable.
  5. Last but certainly not least, a wide brimmed hat is crucial in my book. When I hit the beach or the pool, there’s a 99% chance you’ll find me donning one of these guys (that is, if you can find me under it). If you’re in the market for a hat of your own, this pewter-cinched hat is a great option.


What’s on your summer must-haves list?

XO Lauren

P.S. If you’re not quite ready to face your swimsuit yet, be sure to give my personal Bikini Boot Camp plan a try for a few days. Even one week will make a BIG difference.

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  • Petra Zeller

    Great Post. Love your summer must-haves list. On my list are also pretty sunnys, sandals and I love maxi dress in summer. They are so comfortable.
    xo, Petra

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  • Amy Breckenridge

    i definitely need to get a few new bikinis for the summer, but i have been working and haven’t been to the beach at all yet! good sunnies are definitely a necessity along with high spf to keep my face looking young :)


  • Melissa Panici

    Thank you for this Lauren! For my sister’s bachelorette party, we are spending the day this Saturday at the Dunes so I really needed this post! I just bought those beautiful sandals you designed! I can’t wait to wear them:) I’m planning on getting a pair of your sunnies for the Dunes as well! Thank you!

  • Mallory

    Loving those shoes! That swimsuit looks great too. Never tried that brand. Might have to!

  • Closet Fix

    This is a fantastic list!

    In the Summer I absolutely cannot live without denim cutoffs. I pretty much live in them during the Summer. They’re so versatile, and can obviously be super sexy if that’s the type of mood you’re in. I’m generally very laid back, so you can find me in a more relaxed casual vibe like



    here (a little pumped up)

    No matter what the occassion or your style preference denim cutoffs and Summer go hand in hand in my book.


    Simmy P.

    Twitter: @ClosetFix

    Instagram: @ClosetFix

  • Mafalda Godinho

    Sorry Lauren, but if we’re talking about the best swimsuits, this is the brand: Btw I love, love, LOVE your whole collection of sunglasses. XO

  • Marie Fournier

    I really love the sunglassess collection and the dress !!

  • Martin M

    Sunnies are so important for the warm season. i alwas have mine with me. Love your collection. Think their design is such perfect an fits for so many occassions!!! Greetings from germany :) XOXO :)

  • Lauren Brown

    I love maxi dresses! At first I wasn’t sure if I was going to like them on me because I am petite, but I found maxi dresses that aren’t just to the floor. I always pair them with wedges or sandals. Love summe :)

  • Kelby Peachey

    All of these are great suggestions, but I’m a little disappointed you didn’t put the #1 important piece – SUNSCREEN!!!! It’s a must and please, ladies, let’s prevent wrinkles now by adding sunscreen today.


  • Cassandra Adams

    I would really like to get a floral crown or a glod headpiece

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  • Eliza Zamora

    Love the list i am thinking of purchasing some new ray bans :)

    check out my blog :)

  • Cluny Grey

    Love everything, but those shoes I would have to pass on. Who can walk in them? Or if you do (as I did when I was younger) you won’t be able to walk in them when you are over 35!

    You forgot jewelry; some thin gold chain bracelets would be great!

  • Rachel Trampel

    Such a cute swimsuit! I am obsessed with suits right now and its a good thing I have a pool at my apartment that I can actually wear them to! Currently looking for a good suit for the 4th!

    Rachel’s Lookbook

  • Courtney Pierce

    I love wearing shades in the summer, as well as flowy dresses amd chunky heels :)

  • Josefin Borgman

    I love the bikini! I have a thing for striped bikinis this summer as well.. But I just got me a new bikini, it has a very nice blue color.
    And I gotta say; I love the shoes!

  • Breanna Lowry

    In summer I do not go without the body scrubs and ultra moisturizing coconut-y smelling lotions to make skin glowing :)

  • Breanna Lowry

    Oh! And face masks to hydrate tired and sun kissed skin :)

  • Christine Rosko

    Love these! The sunglasses are a defintely must and I love the dress and shoes.

  • Linh Ly

    I’ve got 4 out of 5 so I think I’m good to go! I love a great striped, or floral maxi for the summer. so cute! A rocking bikini sure doesn’t hurt either!


  • Marielisa Gomez

    Totally agree! Great must haves!

    Another must have all year long is this:

    Happy Summer!


  • Giselle Escamilla

    My summer must haves are sunnies too, flowy dresses, sunscreen, hats, and flats!! Those are my summer must haves!!

  • jill s

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  • Liesl

    Great list! I recently posted my TOP 10 BEACH ESSENTIALS which is almost the same :-)

    Liesl xxx

  • Stephanie DiMaggio

    Love the sunglasses! This is a great post!

  • Madison Montgomery

    Great post, Lauren! My summer must haves are my fedora, my aviators, fringe swimsuits, flowy tops, and wedges!


  • Tatjana Kisler

    This must haves are great. The maxi dress is the best one. Love this “”LC”” shoes.

    xoxo Tatjana

  • Melissa LaRose

    I love the sunglasses!!! Great list!!


    <3 Melissa

  • Vanessa R

    The only thing I’d add is a great bag!

  • Emily Hobbs

    LOVE that swimsuit! <3 it's so simple and chic

  • Dapper Look

    Perfect! The Maxi dress is so great and the swim suit is very sexy.

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  • Dasha Dadikova

    5xS: Sunglasses, straw hat, sarong, swim suit and sandals.

  • Felicia M.

    I bought those pinkish sandals….LOVE THEM!!!



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