May marks the official arrival of pool and lake season in Texoma. Even if you decide to forego the usual Lake Texoma Memorial Day celebrations in lieu of something a little more socially distant this year, you can still put your best foot forward with these poolside essentials.

Swimwear

It seems 2020 may be the year that swimsuits finally begin to cover our bodies again, with long-sleeve tops, one-piece suits and boy shorts all making a splash on spring runways (go ahead, rejoice— we’ll wait). Coupled with bright colors and flashy prints, these styles can be easily enjoyed from any social distance. If you aren’t too worried about tan lines and want to show a little more skin, opt for pieces with funky cutouts or wraparound elements.

“Play with symmetry this spring and summer and try a long-sleeved swimsuit,” says Stylecaster.com’s Maggie Griswold. “Whether it’s a bikini or one-piece, you’re sure to look cute … while also protecting your arms from harmful sun rays.”

Vibrant tangerine hues are expected to make their way from the runways of Emilia Wickstead, Bottega Veneta and Valentino to our closets this spring, along with a resurgence of fun tropical and animal prints à la Fendi, Peter Pilotto and more. Snakeskin and leopard spots currently reign, so feel free to go a little wild.

Sunglasses

A classic pair of aviators seems never to go out of style, and brands like Ray-Ban and Celine are updating this timeless piece with trendy modern stylings like straight brow bars and cool rimless designs. Not your cup of tea? Other trends sure to show up on the beach this season include the return of oversized, “granny-style” shades as well as sharper, Matrix-inspired rectangular sunnies.

“Warm tones, tortoiseshell, and retro square shapes are all the details to look out for here, but really, any pair that feels like something your grandma might have worn is a sure bet,” says Anna Laplaca, a style writer for WhoWhatWear.com.

Throw a chain on your sunglasses for an even more nostalgic look straight from grandma’s closet.

Cover-ups

This year, swim cover-ups continue to make the inevitable leap from pool wear to everyday wear, with brands like L*Space and Anthropologie offering beachy maxi dresses that can transition from the pool to drinks with friends in a snap. Made from silky, breathable fabric, a pair of palazzo pants from Summersalt can offer much-needed protection from the sun and help you feel more fabulous, whether you’re lying by the pool or hitting the town.

Sandals

“A stylish pair of sandals— on trend but not overly trendy —are an investment that you can pick out now, but can hold onto for the future seasons to come, too,” says Nicole Kliest of The Zoe Report.

It’s true— the right pair of sandals should be versatile, but they should also be fun. Bright platforms by brands like Staud or Labucq can give your legs a boost in a bikini or add a pop of color to your business casual. If heights aren’t your thing, low-heel mules aren’t going anywhere.

“Simple mules remain on trend for good reason,” says Kliest. “These easy-to-wear heels reign supreme in comfort and versatility. Thanks to their popularity, designers are creating them in a myriad of colors and patterns. More mules, more outfits.”

Sunscreen

No outdoor ensemble could be complete without adequate protection for our most important outerwear— our skin. Despite irregularities in FDA regulations, choosing the right sunscreen doesn’t have to be a pain. Experts agree that broad-spectrum, water-resistant products with a minimum of SPF 30 will do the trick, in either chemical or mineral formulations. Cosmo recommends these top brands >>>