10 Beach and Pool Day Fashion Essentials for Moms

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beach and pool day fashion essentials

The summer season comes with tons of fun outdoor activities for the whole family, with one of the best being countless days spent at the beach or the pool. Warm weather and sunshine paired with hours spent by the water is truly the recipe for a perfect summer day.

As a parent, that also means lots of preparation: Getting the kids ready with everything they need, carrying a Costco-sized amount of sunscreen at all times, and packing up a beach or pool bag (or a few) with all of the necessities. But even if your focus is on the kids, you can’t forget about your own mom essentials as well.

We’ve put together a list of 10 mom fashion essentials that can get you through any day on the water—from your new favorite pair of sandals to our reader-favorite swimsuit to the cutest beach tote (plus more that you don’t want to miss). Keep scrolling for the 10 beach and pool fashion essentials that you need this summer:


Sol Bounce Flip Flop

It's time to upgrade those 10-year-old flip flops you keep hidden at the back of your closet. Totes' Sol Bounce collection is made with Everywear™ technology, meaning you get ultimate comfort and all-day support. These sandals are not only super lightweight, but they're also durable, scuff-resistant, and have antimicrobial properties—making them the ideal choice for playing with your kids at the beach and pool all summer long.

6 colors available

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Sol Bounce Molded Buckle Slide

Flip flops not your style? Sol Bounce Molded Buckle Sandals have all of the comfort, support, and durability of Totes' Everywear™ technology—and they're super stylish and on-trend as well. They're made with soft, textured footbeds for extra comfort, and are long-lasting and easy to clean. These slip-on sandals serve as the perfect finishing touch to any summer outfit.

7 colors available

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Mark & Graham

Monogrammed Straw Tote

Perhaps the #1 mom essential for a beach or pool day is a tote big enough to hold everything you need. We love this straw option, which comes in multiple sizes and colors and can be personalized in many different colors and fonts.

5 colors available


One-Shoulder Swimsuit

This editor and reader-favorite one-piece swimsuit is truly the only one you need for summer. A classic suit—with fun details like ruching and a one-shoulder neckline—is the ideal way to feel both confident and comfortable at the beach or pool.

10+ colors/patterns available

Nordstrom | Aire

Square Sunglasses

A crucial requirement when it comes to sunglasses for a day on the water is that they won't get stuck in your hair. This oversized square pair is affordable yet high-quality. They also come in both black and tortoiseshell, so they match any style.

beach and pool day fashion essentials


Shirt Dress Cover-Up

This $25 Target cover-up is everything you could be looking for: It is a great length, it's lightweight, and it's fashionable. This is super easy to just throw on over your suit or toss in your beach bag on your way out the door.

4 colors available

Revolve | Ellie Vail

Water & Sweat Resistant Hoop Earrings

It's always a struggle to decide whether or not to wear jewelry to the beach or pool. But with these 18K gold-plated water and sweat resistant gold hoops (which are under $40!), you don't have to worry about them tarnishing. They're also secure huggies, so you don't have to stress about losing them either.

Aloha Collection

Waterproof Pouch

This cute waterproof pouch has multiple purposes: You can use it to store your valuables so they don't get wet, but you can also use it as a wet bag to place your suit in and keep the rest of your stuff dry!


Packable Straw Hat

A straw hat for a beach or pool day is a no-brainer—it's fashionable, but it also keeps your face protected from the sun (in addition to that SPF!). This Madewell option rolls up, so you don't have to worry about it losing shape when you bring it on your next beach trip.

4 colors available

Amazon | Dock & Bay

Quick-Dry, Sand-Free Beach Towel

If you ask me, a cute beach or pool outfit goes all the way to your beach towel. This neutral striped option is super chic, plus it's quick-drying, sand-resistant, oversized, and packable, making it the ideal choice for summer.

10+ colors/patterns available

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This post was in partnership with Totes, but all of the opinions within are those of The Everymom editorial board. We only recommend products we genuinely love.