Freshness Grid: The Beach

Time to head for the water as the mercury rises
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This week marked the official first day of summer, a season that immediately conjures images of sunlight and water, because when the mercury starts to rise we instinctively head for the beach. Of course, not all of us are lucky enough to live near sandy shores, but there are always alternatives. A local pool or water park offers a respite from the heat, and because style never takes a vacation, you'll want to consult our latest installment of the Grid ahead of the weekend. And even though we didn't include it, don't forget to pack the sunscreen.

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Saturdays NYC Rosen Feeder Tank ($70)
The only acceptable time to wear a tank top is in the heat of summer, preferably near a large body of water. Maritime stripes make this your stylish summer go-to.

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Norse Projects Hauge Swimmer ($100)
We know your instinct is to go for baggy shorts that hit beneath the knee. The better option is to go for a mid-thigh silhouette with a trim fit for a clean, modern look.

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Converse Jack Purcell Signature Tropical ($120)
You can never go wrong with a pair of Jacks, sneakers that especially look good with shorts and no socks. A tropical print and quick-drying nylon build make this an irresistible footwear option.

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G-Shock DW6900WW-7 ($65)
The all-white color is a no-brainer for summer, and G-Shock's legendary durability is a no-brainer for the beach. Ditto for the classic styling of the DW6900WW.

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Ebbets Field Bustin' Babes 1927 8-Panel Ballcap ($49)
Protective headwear is a must if you're spending a day underneath the sun. A throwback cap from the vintage experts at Ebbets Field is a can't miss proposition.

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Persol Folding Tortoiseshell Acetate Sunglasses ($285)
Handcrafted in Italy, these round-frame shades are effortlessly cool. You can fold 'em up and store them in your pocket to make sure these don't get left behind in the sand.

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Depa Suicoke Sandal
Leave the flip-flips at home and opt for these stylish yet functional sandals from the renowned Japanese brand. Neoprene straps and a hard-wearing Vibram sole deliver added comfort and durability.

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United by Blue Day Tote ($30)
Made in the USA with 100% organic cotton, this stylish tote is just what you need to carry your gear and valuables. Triple-stitched handles means the carryall can handle 60 lbs of weight.

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Polk Urchin Bluetooth Speaker ($99.95)
Stream audio wirelessly, and and use the built-in microphone to use the Urchin as a hands-free speaker. It's water-resistant so don't worry about the spray from the waves, and strap it to your belt loop with the convenient carabiner. 

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CGear Sand-Free Multimat ($51 - $100)
Sand has a way of getting into everything. Protect yourself -- and your gear -- with this innovative mat, which uses dual layer mesh that lets sand fall through the top layer.

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Lifeproof FRE SERIES iPhone 6/6s Waterproof Case ($51.99)
At any given time, your iPhone is likely the most valuable item in your possession. Protect it with this shock-proof and water-proof case, which can withstand being fully submerged up to 6.6'/2 m for an hour.

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Orlebar Brown Baron Beach Towel ($90)
Classic cotton terry construction and an equally classic navy shade. Even better is the decidedly un-obnoxious branding, which is rendered in tonal fashion.