27 Things That Basically Scream Summer

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It’s got over 1,000 positive reviews! Check out BuzzFeed’s full write-up on this beauty.

Promising review: “If you’ve heard good things about this dress, they’re true! I’m one of those people who never writes reviews. I found this dress through a BuzzFeed article and couldn’t resist the white sunflower one. The material is stretchy and just fits your body so well. I didn’t have any problems with it being see-through while I was wearing light grey underwear. The length is cute, it hugs you in the right spots, and the buttons are fake so they stay uniform all the way down. It’s stretchy across the back of the bodice, so bigger-chested people would love this. Me and my mom have completely different body types and the large fits us both amazingly! I’m definitely going to try to order as many prints as I can!” —Courtney Clark

Get it from Amazon for $20.99+ (available in 32 colors and prints).


OMG-worthy mermaid tail drink floats that are just begging to be ~part of your world~ this season.


Get a set of two from Amazon for $8.99 (also available in eight other summery styles like flamingos, fruit, and boats).


Or a rainbow drink float that can basically work as a whole dang bar and will make any get-together more colorful.


There are tons of uses for this — you can also use it as a centerpiece or for festively serving food on dry land, or to hold your essentials when you’re just chilling in the pool.

Promising review: “This is a great pool accessory! It’s perfect for holding our drinks, sunscreen, and waterproof phones. It stays balanced and hasn’t tipped over.” —Lauren E

Get it from Amazon for $13.99.


It’s made with aloe extract to help your hair stay moisturized and soft!

Promising review: “MUST HAVE. This spray completely changes the texture of my normally stick-straight hair. Just a little spray and scrunching in the morning, and I have texture, body, and natural-looking waves.” —OF318

Get it from Amazon for $3.65.


A shakeable infusion pitcher, because while I love a delicious fruit-infused beverage any time of the year, it feels particularly appropriate on a 92-degree July day.


It’s got a removable middle compartment you can fill with the fruits and veggies of your choice. Plus, it’s BPA-free, dishwasher safe, and has a leak-proof lid.

Get it from BuzzFeed’s Goodful line, exclusively at Macy’s for $28.99.


Promising review: “I thought I needed these in my life and I was right!!! I’ve worn these twice and I gotten complimented by literally EVERYONE. My guy friends, girlfriends, therapy clients, hosts at restaurants, and even bank tellers and people at the grocery store! They are sparkly and adorable, they don’t look cheap, the stones are well-secured against falling out, and they’re lightweight. They’re a fun addition to any summer outfit or even a playful juxtaposition to a black winter ensemble.” —Kate Christensen

Get them from Amazon for $6.97.


A classically glamorous straw sun hat to keep you cool even on the hottest days.

Forever 21

Get it from Forever 21 for $17.90 (available in sizes S/M and M/L).


And a clever clear tote equipped with special straps designed to prevent your precious hat from getting squished. Because if you’ve actually managed to keep a sun hat in good shape for more than one summer before now, you deserve a medal or something.


It’s from Shay Mitchell’s travel line, Béis!

Get it from Nordstrom for $62 (available in two colors).


Homesick’s Beach Cottage mini candle, because even if you’re stuck in an office miles from an ocean from now till September, you can still treat yourself to the ~scents~ of a beach vacay.


It has beachy notes like bergamot, marine scents, and sandalwood.

Promising review: “I absolutely LOVE this candle! It has been snowy and dreary in the Midwest, but this candle makes me feel like it’s summer again. It burns well and has lasted so long! It also has an amazing smell that fills a room so nicely!” —Meghan W.

Get it from Homesick for $9.95 (originally $15.95) or Amazon for $16.95.


Kan Jam, an easy-to-set-up team frisbee game everyone at your outdoor gathering will be into. Trust me, the competition can get HEATED.


My family has played this in the yard for years when we have company in the summer. I do not personally partake because I have an irrational (?) fear of frisbees, but my cousins are OBSESSED.

The set comes with two flying disks, instructions, and two goals that can be unfolded, so they’re portable and easy to take to the beach, outdoor parties, or tailgates!

Promising review: “My nephews introduced me to this game and it is FUN! It’s a team game, so it’s fun to get the whole family involved. Basically, you have one member from each team by one of the goals while the other member stands on the other side of the field and throws the frisbee trying to score. The teammate close to the goal basket hits the frisbee to help it either go inside or touch the basket in order to get points for their team. Then that team member throws the frisbee back, attempting to do the same thing. The number of points each toss gets depends on if the frisbee goes into the basket without help, with help, or touches the basket with or without help. This is a great game for summer!” —A to Z for Moms Like Me

Get it from Amazon for $29.99+ (available in three designs).


The NYX Ultimate eyeshadow palette in an assortment of bold hues, because I personally believe that bland neutral colors should be left behind with the cold weather.


Promising review: “This is one of my all-time favorite palettes. I don’t have a lot of money to spend on makeup, but I wanted a colorful palette that gave me a good value and was decent quality. I’m really happy with this one — I use a primer on my lids to keep the shadow in place, and it stays pretty well all day and even into the next morning. The colors are BRIGHT and I always get compliments. They also blend well.” —Lindsay Mayer

Get it from Amazon for $12.60+ (available in three color combinations), and get some highly-rated primer to use with it for $5.97.


A whimsical handheld cactus fan to keep you feeling cute, cool, beach-ready…you get the point.

Forever 21

Get the required AA batteries here.

Get it from Forever 21 for $14.90.


A truly genius corn on the cob-buttering knife that’ll make enjoying the single best summer food (don’t @ me) way less of a mess. Also, imperfect butter-to-corn ratio is one of my biggest BBQ pet peeves, so I’d be very glad to kiss that goodbye.

The Grommet

You can use the cool shape of the knife to slice off the end of a stick of butter or scoop some out of a tub. Plus, it’s top-rack dishwasher-safe!

Promising review: “This is one of those things you didn’t know you needed until you try it. I hate buttering corn on the cob! It’s messy, butter falls off the knife, etc. This genius little thing makes it easy. Love it!” —Christa

Get a set of two from The Grommet for $13.95.


And some unbelievably adorable corn holders to further prevent your fingers from becoming an absolute buttery mess.


Get a set of four (including a dinosaur, whale, cactus, and bird) from Target for $7.


A retro-chic bikini that over 4,000 reviewers love and that just might become your favorite suit of all time.,

Check out more of the best swimsuits you can get on Amazon.

Promising review: “I wish I could give this six stars! To my curvy ladies, this bathing suit is an absolute must! I’m about to buy it in every color it’s so perfect! The quality feels super expensive, and the colors are vibrant and just straight-up stunning. I’m 5’6″ and weight about 195 pounds, with a 39D-DD bust and usually wear a size 12-14. The 3XL fit perfectly.” —HoneyEyes0012

Get it from Amazon for $23.99 (available in sizes S-4X and in 19 prints; get it in solid colors here).


A copy of the album of the summer, Jonas Brothers’ Happiness Begins, aka the comeback you’ve only been waiting for for the better part of a decade. Even when the temps pass 100, these tunes will have you feeling ♫ top to the bottom just cool ♫.


If you didn’t read that last part in Nick’s falsetto then I’m mad at you.

Pre-order it from Amazon for $10.49+ (available June 7), or subscribe to Amazon Music for $9.99/month (free for the first three months) for unlimited streaming of all the summer tunes you want.


It’s got plenty of room to schlep all the condiments and utensils you’ll need to enjoy your delicious BBQ creations outside. The salt and pepper shakers and condiment bottles aren’t included.

Get it from Target for $20.


A super affordable and soft tank top with enough structure that it works for work or play, so go ahead and pick up multiple colors and make them your summer uniform.


Promising review: “These tops are so cute! They’re soft and flowy. The material is nicer than I expected and looks nice enough to wear to work under cardigans or blazers, but could also be a casual look, too. They’re true to size. If you are between sizes and/or less busty, I would size down. The arm holes aren’t as big as they look in the picture, so no worries that your bra is going to show!” —Suzi

Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in sizes S-XXL and in 24 colors and prints).


A sweet straw bag toucan carry on days when you feel like flipping basic, boring accessories ~the bird~.


Promising review: “I’ve received so many compliments on this bag! It’s the perfect size for every day and love that you an carry it as a tote and as a crossbody. It’s spacious inside and the toucan on the front is great for spring and summer. It is my new favorite accessory!” —Christine

Get it from ModCloth for $59.

American Eagle

It Gets Better works to support LGBTQ+ youth through education and sharing positive stories of empowerment.

Get the tee for $24.95 (available in sizes XS-XXL and in two styles) and the hat for $19.95, both from American Eagle. Shop the full collection here.


Fun canvas sandals to remind you of the old adage, “When life gives you lemons, wear them on your feet.”


Promising review: “These shoes are bright and adorable! They fit really well, and I can walk around in them all day. I get compliments every time I wear them. The coolest thing about these shoes is the false buckle. There’s a little hook the shoe strap fits inside, so these shoes are easy to slip on and go. It’s impossible not to smile wearing these.” —Jess D

Get them from ModCloth for $45 (available in UK sizes 3-8, which are equivalent to US sizes 5-10).


An Instagram-ready beach towel that’s way cooler than a boring rectangle, so it’s ready to get your oceanside selfies into ~shape~.

Forever 21


A gorgeous palm tree tapestry you can toss or hang up anywhere in your space and casually tell people you picked it up on a trip to a tropical island.

Urban Outfitters

Get it from Urban Outfitters for $49.


A quirky insulated cooler bag you can take on ever summer outing and become a hero among your friends when you say, “Orange you glad I packed snacks?”,

Promising review: “I named her Rizzo the pink lady, and I love her. I didn’t realize, until my husband pointed out the dimensions post-purchase, that this float if huge! I’m 5’10” and I easily fit on this thing! Two people my size would easily fit. She’s perfect for sunbathing. My nephews are obsessed, and she took a beating with all three of them leaping on her, but held up great.” —Kara Q

Get it from Amazon for $29.98.

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The reviews used in this post have been edited for length and clarity.

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