Where to find late summer accessories for your next weekend by the pool

If you plan to spend the last weekends of summer lounging by the pool, splurge on these finds to add to the fun.

By Laura Scudder

When the heat of Northern Virginia’s scorching August days seems unbearable, park yourself in the pool to cool off.

blue and white pool float
Photo courtesy of Pottery Barn

floating time

Resistant to UV rays, this top-of-the-range float will bring comfort and pleasure to many during your pool days. $129 at Pottery Barn, multiple area locations, potterybarn.com

yellow ball
Photo courtesy of Red Barn Mercantile

Heads up

If you have kids, lounging in the pool isn’t really an option. Your best bet? Add some fun (and competition) to your day in the water with these kid-approved bouncy balls. $12 at Red Barn Mercantile, 1117 King St., Alexandria, redbarnmercantile.com

can life jacket coozies
Photo courtesy of Unusual Goods

life savior

An insulated life jacket keeps your drink as safe as you are in the water. This bobbin-sized cardigan doesn’t mind getting wet, but won’t go overboard. $14 at Uncommon Goods, uncommongoods.com

black and white striped umbrella
Photo courtesy Crate & Barrel

Throw shade

It’s not just sunscreen that can protect your skin while you enjoy a sunny day by the pool. This generous 10ft umbrella canopy with beach cabana stripes will be too. $574 at Crate & Barrel, multiple area locations, crateandbarrel.com

blue tie-dye towel
Photo courtesy REI

Sponge off

After a day of diving into the deep end, wrap yourself in this indigo sun towel. $35 at REI, multiple area locations, rei.com

This story originally appeared in our August issue. For more stories like this, subscribe to our monthly magazine.