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Despite what those April showers might have had you believing, summer is well on its way. Which also means the sun's brutal glare will be here in no-time flat and you need to start accumulating all of your accessories to avoid the burn right now. Luckily, we've gathered together everything you could possible need to cultivate the perfect shade of pale, even in the midst of 100 degree heat.
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SAN DIEGO HAT COMPANY SUN HAT
When shopping for headgear that will stop any trace of sun from touching your porcelain visage, a good rule of thumb is to make sure the brim of your sunhat perfectly matches the diameter of your beach umbrella.
Buy It! San Diego Hat Company Ultrabraid XL Brim Sun Hat, $44; zappos.com
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SANTA BARBARA RASH GUARD
As any of the celebs in this slideshow can affirm, good sun protection starts with a solid foundation of neoprene. Once your entire torso is covered in this thick sheath of sun-shunning goodness, you can kiss your fears of accidental bronzing goodbye.
Buy It! Allihop Santa Barbara Rash Guard, $88; anthropologie.com
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Double down on the sun-evasive apparel by popping this kaftan over your wetsuit, and now your look can easily go from the beach to the ballroom without showing so much as a glimpse of your sun-averse ankle.
Buy It! Sleepy Jones Germaine Kaftan, $300; net-a-porter.com
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LONG SATIN GLOVES
Sure opera-length gloves in the midst of summer may seem challenging, but at the end of the day you have to ask yourself, which is more frightening: Walking around with your arms encased in their own sweat for three months or allowing your wrists to get even the slightest hint of color? Exactly.
Buy It! Leg Avenue Women's Long Satin Gloves, $10.45; amazon.com
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And don’t forget about your eyes! There’s no surer way to get those dreaded crow’s feet than endlessly squinting against the sun’s harsh glare. When it comes to your summer eyewear the secret is go big, or go home and these Forever 21 shield sunglasses fit the bill perfectly. They cover most of your cheeks as well, just for good measure.
Buy It! Reply Vintage Shield Sunglasses, $18; forever21.com
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On the off chance there's still a tiny bit of your visage left exposed, this face mask has got you covered...literally.
Buy It! Outdoor Research Windstopper Face Mask, $29; llbean.com
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Should a sliver of ankle slip out from beneath your kaftan or should you start to overheat in your Dr Marten boots, these Hydroskin socks can serve as your last line of defense against the sweltering sun.
Buy It! NRS Hydrokskin Socks, $29.95; llbean.com
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Because those Victorian babes knew a thing or two about cultivating a ghostly pallor.
Buy It! Persole Swarovski Canopy and Exquisite Antique Handle, $425; persole.bigcartel.com
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KASSATEX BEACH TOWEL
This oversized beach towel is perfect for the moment when, despite all your best laid plans you’ve somehow been caught unawares and accidentally left to shrivel away in the sun. Swaddle yourself in the oversized fabric to prevent even one UV ray from reaching you.
Buy It! Kassatex Cabana Stripe Beach Towel, $42; neimanmarcus.com
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Obviously, you’ll never achieve your palest summer ever without a solid, nearly-opaque layer of sunscreen covering your entire body at all times. This SPF 100+ should start you off with a strong base, but feel free to layer as needed until the sun bounces off of you like a photography reflector.
Buy It! Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Body Mist Sunscreen SPF 100, $9.99; target.com
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SUN BUM LIP BALM
Finally, don’t forget to protect your pucker. Although this sunscreen lip balm is only SPF 30, your obsessive reapplication will keep your pout pale as you wanna be.
Buy It! Sun Bum Sunscreen Lip Balm SPF 30, $3.99; target.com