Daydreaming about an idyll summer getaway? Looking for a destination that offers sand between your toes and sophisticated nightlife? Would you be surprised to learn that miles of pristine beaches and laidback barrier islands surround Charleston’s famed peninsula? It’s true! Although Charleston often evokes visions of flickering carriage lanterns, cobblestone streets, and pastel-colored mansions, this popular vacation destination has a strong coastal vibe.
Summer style is as much about ease as it is about enhancing your vacation glow. In other words, no stress! Don’t fret about packing—pick up chic beach essentials after you arrive at Planters Inn, which is surrounded by the best shopping in Charleston.
From left to right: Classic aviators with bamboo accent from Gucci / 132 Market Street, Charleston. Perpetually chic 40s-inspired frames in a sunny shade of yellow from SEE / 355 King Street, Charleston. Semi-round tortoiseshell sunglass from Ben Silver / 149 King Street, Charleston.
KISSED BY THE SUN
Lip Drink by Jane Iredale
Using a base of macadamia nut oil instead of any petroleum-derived products, this green beauty balm contains antioxidant-filled green tea extract, vitamins E and C, and a mixture of lemon and orange oils, giving it a moisture-rich feeling that goes deeper than traditional lip treatments. Plus, an added active sunscreen ingredient provides Broad Spectrum SPF 15 and UVA P++ protection. Available at Ooh! Beautiful in Mt. Pleasant
Lip 20 Balm by Kaplan MD
This ultra hydrating, anti-aging lip balm soothes and naturally enhances lip fullness while providing SPF 20 sun protection. Available at Sephora / 289 King Street, Charleston.
AcaiFusion Lip Balm by Supergoop!
Infused with vitamins and antioxidants, this three-in-one balm adds a sheer pink tint while moisturizing and protecting the lips. Shea butter provides long-lasting hydration while the açaì palms help to repair oxidation damage. Multiple sunscreen ingredients protect the lips from sunburn and photo-aging. Available at Sephora / 289 King Street, Charleston.
Liplux by Cool
This all-in-one lip treatment moisturizes and protects with broad-spectrum UVA/UVB SPF 15 protection. This vitamin- and antioxidant-enriched formula soothes and nourishes, while a unique blend of fruit butters like raspberry and avocado hydrate the delicate skin of the lips. It’s water-resistant for up to 80 minutes and features a lusciously refreshing peppermint vanilla scent. Available at Ooh! Beautiful in Mt. Pleasant.
Sun Protection Lip Treatment by Shiseido
A highly nourishing lip balm that glides on smoothly to give lips softness and luminosity, this lip care defends against powerful UVA/UVB rays while ensuring optimal moisture balance while feeling light on the skin, never heavy. Versatile enough to be worn alone or under lipstick. Available at Blue Mercury / 255 King Street, Charleston.
Sugar Sport Treatment by Fresh
The wide-stick applicator glides on with ease, making it perfect for on-the-go use. Moisture-preserving sugar, a natural humectant, and a superior blend of nourishing oils, including avocado oil and black currant seed oil, help soften and moisturize. Available at Sephora / 289 King Street, Charleston.
Scalloped swimwear that gracefully skims the feminine silhouette is a signature element of Marysia SWIM. Made from super soft stretch-crepe in flattering tones, the luxury swimwear line harkens back to the insouciance seaside style made chic by Jackie Onassis Kennedy during her annual trips to Capri in the early 70s.
Designer Marysia Dobrzanska Reeves showed her second eponymous swimwear collection at Charleston Fashion Week in 2009 and took home the Emerging Designer Competition. Soon after, she presented her line at Mercedes Benz Miami Fashion Week Swim, scored national retail accounts including Anthropologie, had a suit featured in the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue, and watched her designs appear on a flock of beautiful, young celebrities. Available at Everything but Water / 195 Meeting Street, Charleston.
Luxe Facial Oil from St. Tropez
For the ultimate natural-looking, sunkissed glow that lasts up to seven days, dab on this ultra-hydrating facial oil. Available at Sephora /289 King Street, Charleston.
Dew the Hoola by Benefit
This matte liquid bronzer provides a smoothing effect and can be applied on bare skin or over foundation for a sheer, sunkissed glow. Available at Sephora /289 King Street, Charleston.
Terracotta Jambes De Gazelle by Guerlain
Lightly scented with the fragrance of the Tiare flower, this cooling bronzing mist dries instantly giving legs a natural-looking tan. Available at Sephora, /289 King Street, Charleston.
TOTE & GO
Classic elegance meets bohemian charm with a natural straw tote. Perfect for stashing some cooling mist and a stack of magazines for long, languid days at the beach! Available at Charleston Shoe Company / 161 King Street, Charleston (left) and Calypso St. Barth / 234 King Street, Charleston.