Sail Into Summer

With summer in full swing, most of us are spending our days basking in the warm sun. Bathing suits and shorts are on our mind but did you remember to pack a hat or a pair of sunglasses? From boating on the Charleston Harbor to dining out with friends, The Shops at Belmond Charleston Place have everything you need to look hot while staying cool. Take a peek at our summer picks below, and find the perfect item to help you look and feel your best.

1. Bathing Suit

Whether you’re sunbathing on Sullivan’s Island or lounging by the pool, looking fabulous is a must. Enhance your bathing suit collection with this bright pink, flirty and fun one-piece. Pair it with a hat or sleek sandals, and you will have a beach-chic look. Splash into Everything But Water’s bathing suit collection to find your ideal style for relaxing summer days.

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2. Skirt

Looking for a skirt that can take you from boutique shopping to dinner on King Street? White House Black Market’s floral printed skirt, decorated with scarlet red flowers and ivy green leaves, is light, breezy and perfect for dining alfresco at The Palmetto Cafe.

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3. Handbag

Make a statement with this bold bag in a beautiful lapis color from Kate Spade. This “eye catcher” of a purse will turn heads and is the ultimate conversation starter. Enjoy wearing the Lillian Court Medium Harmony handbag, large enough to carry all of your summer essentials, from sunglasses to sunscreen.

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4. Shoes

Master the nautical look with the maritime shoe haven, Sperry Top-Sider. If you’re sailing the ocean or pulling off a casual day outfit, these classic boat shoes are a must-have. From Washed Canvas design that looks like you’ve been at sea to the Authentic Original boat shoes, Sperry Top-Siders are the perfect finishing touch to your summer look.

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5. Sunglasses

Treat yourself to a new pair of shades this summer. From Chanel and Ray Ban to Miu Miu and Oakley, Sunglass Hut carries the latest designer eyewear that will complement your outfit while protecting your eyes.

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6. Bracelet

This delicate sterling silver bracelet, decorated with small Charleston themed charms and turquoise gems, is a thoughtful and tasteful souvenir for a loved one or yourself. Explore Pandora’s collection of earrings, bracelets and one of a kind charms and take home a memory of Charleston.

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7. Hat

Ready to finally try that fedora you’ve been dreaming about? Now is the time! Tommy Bahama’s white paper braided fedora with a frayed brim can be worn with a polished outfit or styled for an outdoor adventure. Keep the sunlight out of your eyes while looking fashionable.

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8. Tunic

Our favorite summer look – easy, breezy tunics are back! This soft and airy garment from Calypso St. Barth is embellished with shimmery gold and hints of orange. Throw this turquoise cover up over a bathing suit or spruce it up with a pair of white jeans.

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Keep up with the summer trends by following The Shops at Belmond Charleston Place on Instagram @TheShopsBCP and find your perfect look by visiting The Shops on King and Market Streets.

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The Cooler Side of Charleston

Summer in Charleston brings beautiful sunny, blue skies, along with high temperatures. Thankfully, there are plenty of ways to stay cool and take in the sights of the Lowcountry, whether it is visiting one of Charleston’s beautiful surrounding beaches, taking the family to an adventurous water park or indoor attraction or retreating to our rooftop pool.

Charleston BeachesLocated just 15 minutes from historic downtown Charleston, Folly Beach offers the biggest surf in Charleston. Enjoy six miles of beach, as well as a picnic area, marina, and several small shops and restaurants. Across the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge towards Mount Pleasant, Isle of Palms and Sullivan’s Island provide a laid-back and family-friendly atmosphere. Also the site for Fort Moultrie National Park, Sullivan’s Island is a wonderful spot for historic tours of the famed Civil War battlegrounds.
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For the golf enthusiast, try the Ocean Course on Kiawah Island, home to the 2012 PGA Championship. There are several golf courses in the Charleston area, designed by legendary golf course architects including Pete Dye, Gary Player, Tom Fazio, and Jack Nicklaus. Request an early tee time to enjoy the cool morning breeze and save time to enjoy the picturesque beaches.

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Visitors of all ages can enjoy Charleston’s several water parks including, Splash Island Waterpark and Whirlin’ Waters Adventure Waterpark. Or take the family on a stroll through historic downtown Charleston to Waterfront Park where you can find shaded park swings and water fountains perfect for children to splash and play.

For an indoor adventure, retreat to the South Carolina Aquarium and check out the new Madagascar Journey exhibit.

Visitors interested in enjoying a cool meal can retreat to Charleston Place, for breakfast in the shaded courtyard at Palmetto Cafe or lunch while lounging at the covered, rooftop infinity pool. These are just a few of the many ways to keep you and your family cool during your visit to Charleston.

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Oh Lord, Here Comes Summer in Charleston

Summer in Charleston sort of hangs on you like a wet blanket—a very nice and elaborate blanket, but one nonetheless. And that’s the way we like it. The heat and humidity are a given. When asked by visitors if it’s always this hot, locals reply with the standard, “Oh, you should have been here last week.”

The trick to surviving a Charleston summer is in how you dress and what you drink. Here are a few tips to get you started:

1. Cotton. Sure, those new highfalutin fabrics are nice. Names so fancy they take five syllables, but nothing wicks moisture off your skin and is as soft as cotton.

2. Seersucker. A staple. Shorts, shirts, dresses, suits, you name it. Puckered cotton means less fabric is touching your skin.

3. Pimm’s Cup. Yes, it’s a British concoction and your pals will be asking you rules to the polo club they think you’ve joined, but it’s all good. While they conjure witty banter, you’ll be as cool as a cucumber.

4. Planter’s Punch. Some say it’s Charleston’s first cocktail. We’ll say you can’t go wrong with its simplicity. Rum, sugar and citrus.

Like we said, these are just to get you started. We can’t give you everything. And no, the summers actually aren’t that bad. With a steady breeze, the aroma of salt in the air and towering Live Oaks, fresh is close and hot stays at bay. Of course, you should have been here last week.

What would you add to the list we’ve started? Let us know what tips you have in your arsenal to keep cool in Charleston’s summer.

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