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Beach-going equipment tends to be pretty minimal. If you’ve got a good pair of trunks, a pair of sunglasses and some sunblock, you’re probably set. And, of course, something to lie down on…

These lightweight cotton blankets from Steven Alan get it just about perfect, with colorful stripes, a 5’x7’ wingspan, and a clever twist: to make your life simpler, the S.A. folks are randomizing the colors, so after you order one up you’ll get the next color they have in stock. So much for the dream of the matching bathing suit.

—R.B.

CONTRIBUTORS

  • Russell Brandom