There may still be a bit of a nip in the air, but doggone it, you're ready to grab up the skimpiest, lightest, beachiest things you can get your hands on, just so you can be prepared for that first really sunny day. Old Navy has all kinds of beach basics marked down for your stocking-up pleasure, so get a jump on your sand-friendly wardrobe and pack that beach bag in advance.
Nothing beats the feeling of snagging your first new swimsuit of the season. These mix-n-match bottoms and tankini tops ($10 each, were $16.50 each) are just a drop in the budget bucket, so if you're a doesn't-like-to-wear-the-same-thing-twice kind of girl, you can get enough patterns for a no-repeats bikini repertoire.
Taking your life outdoors requires the proper luggage, and as far as versatility goes, you can't top a handy canvas tote ($7.50, was $12.50). Pack your towel, iPod, sunscreen, ice cream money, and a trashy beach read into this bag (with room to spare!) or go green and haul your groceries in reusable style.
Not quite ready to expose your pale self to the world? Don a comfortable cover-up in the form of this tropical-print maxi dress ($20.70, was $34.50) while you wait for your build-a-tan to kick in. The perfect pool-to-dinner frock, this cozy cotton tube dress looks equally fab covering up your swimsuit or dressed up with chunky jewelry and flat sandals.
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