The Mommy Stylist

Pump up your poolside style with essential summer accessories

Pump up your poolside style with essential summer accessories

Nordstrom floppy hat
A great sun hat hides those messy locks and protects your face from the sun. ($28/Nordstrom) Photo courtesy of Nordstrom
Sweet success metallic sandals at Bloom
A silver-and-gold combination works with everything. ($50/Bloom) Photo courtesy of Bloom
Vince Camuto sunglasses
Nude-colored sunglasses complement anything in your closet. ($70/Vince Camuto) Photo courtesy of Vince Camuto
Kelly & Katie Straw Ombre Tote at DSW
We love the ombre on this handy tote. ($39.95/DSW) Photo courtesy of DSW
Ribbon Plaited Cloche at Nordstrom
A cute cloche shades your face and shows off your fashion sense. ($38/Nordstrom) Photo courtesy of Nordstrom
Vince Camuto aviator sunglasses
Aviators are always in style; a pop off pink adds femininity. ($70/Vince Camuto) Photo courtesy of Vince Camuto
Jack Rogers Rio Whipstitched Thong Sandal at Last Call by Neiman Marcus
These long-lasting thongs are not only cute, but they also come in just about every color imaginable. ($99/Last Call) Photo courtesy of Last Call by Neiman Marcus
Orla Kiely Nautical Stem Print Easy Zip Tote
Orla Kiely patterns are both whimsical and fashionable. ($140/Muse Ten) Photo courtesy of Muse Ten
Zara tricolor hat with ribbon
This neutral fedora with a swath of color will make you the chicest mom at the pool. ($19.90/Zara) Photo courtesy of Zara
Banana Republic Mari sunglasses
These sunglasses are a modern version of the '50s cat eyes. ($98/Banana Republic) Photo courtesy of Banana Republic
dsw Nine West Bayshort Tote
A patent tote repels dirt so you always look polished when carrying it. ($39.95/DSW) Photo courtesy of DSW
Gomax Berdine-78 Flat Sandal at DSW
Gladiator sandals are uber-cool, and the zipper makes them easy to get on and off. ($34.95/DSW) Photo courtesy of DSW
Crocheted beaded band cowboy hat at Express
A cowboy hat is a chic and easy way to block the sun and hide your messy tresses. ($34.90/Express) Photo courtesy of Express
Swan arm sunglasses at Express
Tortoise shell sunglasses are always classic. ($29.90/Express) Photo courtesy of Express
Nordstrom floppy hat
Sweet success metallic sandals at Bloom
Vince Camuto sunglasses
Kelly & Katie Straw Ombre Tote at DSW
Ribbon Plaited Cloche at Nordstrom
Vince Camuto aviator sunglasses
Jack Rogers Rio Whipstitched Thong Sandal at Last Call by Neiman Marcus
Orla Kiely Nautical Stem Print Easy Zip Tote
Zara tricolor hat with ribbon
Banana Republic Mari sunglasses
dsw Nine West Bayshort Tote
Gomax Berdine-78 Flat Sandal at DSW
Crocheted beaded band cowboy hat at Express
Swan arm sunglasses at Express

We know moms like to make lists. So let's see how you're doing with the list of poolside essentials. Figure-flattering swimsuit? Check. Stylish cover-up? Check. Now, let's move on to summertime accessories that are equal parts functional and stylish.

A good tote bag is high priority. And it must withstand dirt, crumbs, juice boxes — well, a beating. Something patent or ombre, perhaps?

As for sandals, comfort is key, because you know you will have to trek back to the pool to retrieve whatever toys the kids left behind. Sunglasses, in addition to making just about anyone look cool, are necessary to keep from squinting (no wrinkles!).

What about hats? No woman — mother or not — wants to do her hair when she's going to spend the day at the pool. Whether you prefer a fedora, sun hat, cowboy or cloche, keeping your face shaded is priority No. 1. Why not do it fabulously?