Shopping for a sunny day
Take a walk around the mall and one thing is clear: Retail is ready for nicer weather. Summer merchandise has already hit the racks, and daydreamers and dream-trippers alike will find deals to brighten anyone's mood. Even if you're not leaving town, light a pina-colada candle, lather yourself in sunless tanning lotion and admire your pre-season steals.
Swim suits, $29 and up
This year's swim collection from Victoria's Secret brings sexy through details like shiny fabrics, sewn-on embellishments and chain-link straps. The bikini still reigns, but tankinis and one-piece designs in retro styles aren't far behind.
Give your feet a colorful pickup with Old Navy's ubiquitous flip-flops. At these prices, you can pick up every color of the rainbow. This year's batch has soles that are more rubbery, less foamy and sure to last all summer.
Tunic coverup, $128
Michael Kors at Macy's
This season, any coverup goes: the classic strapless top in terrycloth, flowing maxi-dress styles, tie-dyed saris and eyelet-covered shifts with straps that tie at the shoulders. This lightweight tunic is an instant classic for almost anyone. It keeps you feeling breezy and looking fresh while showing off a bit of the swimsuit underneath, and grommets at the neckline up the glam factor. It's also available in black.
Beach bag, $16
Bold, bright stripes bring a burst of color that ensures this tote will get noticed on sandy beaches. Plus it's roomy, sturdy and has a cute cinch-top shape. Check out the bright red, orange and purple versions, too.