Shopbop’s Vacation Edit is now live and is a one-stop store for all your chic summer essentials

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Get vacation-ready fast! Chic summer essentials from Shopbop to solve your packing dilemmas with prices starting at just $18.50 – here are our top picks

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Whether you’re hoping to go somewhere exotic this year or just hoping for some days at the beach and the pool, it’s never too early to get vacation-ready.

The earlier you can invest in some warm weather essentials, the more use you’ll have of them throughout the year.

Plus, it’s a good feeling to know you have all you need at home ready to pack into a suitcase for a spontaneous trip should the opportunity arise.

With Shopbop’s new Vacation Edit now live, all you need can be bought in one place so you can spend less time shopping and more time dreaming about what you’re going to do on vacation and the fun you’re going to have.

Here are eight top pieces under $80 so you can stock up without spending a fortune.

To save space in your suitcase, look for slides that are practical enough to wear for the beach but cute enough to pair with a dress for a night out.

A slightly more dressy option than Ipanema’s usual flip-flops, these cute sandals feature crisscross straps and a rope-like texture and are in a shade of pink that would look just as good with denim shorts as it would with a white or floral summer dress.

 The Ipanema brand is known for their creative, yet comfortable styles, which are  made exclusively for the brand using recycled and sustainable materials. 

The eco-friendly material is so durable that these slides will last you for years of vacations for just $35.


It’s important to stay sun safe if you don’t want to burn your skin or burn out due to sunstroke. This classic fedora allows you to do both in style.

With a wide brim to shield the sun from your face and eyes, you’ll be protected while feeling and looking cool.

White will enhance your summer tan while the  contrast black grosgrain band rocks up the look for some extra ‘look-at-me’ detail.

Unlike other sun hats, this is not a high maintenance accessory that you need to wear through the airport as it can be folded up without loosing it’s shape and transported in a suitcase or weekend bag. Simple yet so chic! 


This lightweight Madewell tank features a relaxed fit and a slightly wider V neckline so it’s both flattering but easy to wear.

What’s useful about this tank is that not only is Madewell cotton extra soft and comfortable but that it dries quickly so that you can wash this tank and wear it again a different day.

White will make you feel lighter, brighter and more summery and match with all styles of bikinis so you can throw on swimwear underneath and be beach ready in minutes.

With slightly wider straps it also functions as a great cover-up for those prone to burning in the sun. 


If you want to have a slightly smarter, more chic pair of shorts than a traditional denim pair, BB Dakota has the answer.

With a white wash, paperbag waistband and tonal belt, these are smart enough to wear in the city when you return from your vacation as well as for nights out enjoying cocktails at your new favorite beach bar.

The cinched in waist is super flattering, especially with a crop top or shirt tucked in. The paperbag style also works to lengthen your legs so you’ll feel full of confidence when you wear these in hotter weather. You’ll never want to take them off! 


Looking for a budget pair of sunglasses in case of accidents or over-excitement on vacation? These Aire aviators have the look of a more expensive designer pair but they’re less than $40.

The rose gold frame and mirrored lens is perfect for summer and will suit most skin tones, giving your eyes protection without covering up too much of your face.

Wear with your bikini or with your evening outfit and make an entrance without it seeming like you’re trying too hard. 


A chic kaftan is a vacation essential and they don’t get more adorable than this Tiare Hawaii dress.

With a loose fit, one size fits all. Simply throw it on over swimwear and go from pool to lunch to bar without needing to go back to the hotel to get changed.

The pink embroidery contrasts perfectly with turquoise and cheers us up every time we look at it. Two tassels add to the luxe hippie look and make the overall outfit vibe polished but also relaxed. 

This $70 kaftan will never go out of trend so it’s something that you’ll use for beach and pool trips for years to come as a special item that never fails to make you feel amazing.

The cinched in waist gives you more shape that other kaftans and the plunging v-neck works to add a subtly sexy touch. 



It’s amazing how much extra confidence wearing a sarong can give you.  When you need to go to the bathroom, pick up a drink or say hi to friends, put on this slinky cover-up to cover your butt and get on with what you need to do without fear that all eyes are on you.

If your swimwear is pink, neon or black – this pink Good American sarong will be a perfect fit and it’s less than $50.

 Made from a silky, slinky mesh it’s super lightweight so there’s no danger of over-heating. It also dries fast so you can wear it over wet swimwear without stains.


Not all denim shorts are made equal and Levi’s shorts always seem to be a cut above the rest.

The frayed hem detail on these original 501s means they’re more interesting on the eye than a pair with a straight hem and give you more personality.

With a high waist and the 501 tag on the pocket, your waist is cinched in and your butt is lifted. These fit like a ‘second skin’ according to reviewers with no sagging or gapping at the back waistband.

Wear with wedges or heels for night and slides for the day and you have a suitcase essential that can be worn multiple times while you’re away. 


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