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The Travel Bag: Summer In Madrid

Late night dinners and live music and dancing, museums and gardens made for getting lost in, shopping galore and servings of cheese, wine and jamon that seem to never end. Madrid in the summer is a mashup of highbrow style, lowbrow attitude and a commitment to doing things at your own pace. Put it on your list, and then put these finds in your bag.

Sun sun everywhere. Madrid summers are notoriously hot and dry so stay protected in style on the streets or at the pool:
Stella Sunglasses in Ivory Demi with UV400 protection | $100 | by Komono at Need Supply
Superdefense SPF 20 Facial Moisturizer | $47 | by Clinique at Sephora
Coconut Soufflé Moisturizing Hairdress | from $11 | by Mizani at Amazon
Aloe & Linden After Sun Skin Soother | $10 | by Burt’s Bees

Daytime Browsing. On the weekend, street fairs and markets pop up all around the city for afternoons filled with browsing and strolling. Stay comfortable for a day that could lead to anything.
L’Eau de Tarocco Fragrance | $98 | by Diptyque Paris
V-Neck Top | $10 | by H&M
Opal High Waisted Shorts | $98 | by Boxing Kitten

Pooltime Fly. Unlike it’s coastal neighbors Valencia and Barcelona, Madrid’s land-locked location makes the rooftop pool and bar scene the place to be in the summer. Booking a hotel like the Room Mate’s Oscar in the gay-friendly Chueca district can offer you a fun location, and access to cool off in style. Now what to wear?
Cloudscade Bikini | $99 | by Ripcurl at ASOS
World Tote | $10 | by Marc Jacobs
Geometric Print Scarf | $30 | by ZARA
Pollen Sandal | $75 | by Melissa Shoes

Fix Up, Look Sharp. Madrileños are super stylish when it comes to dining. From the casual cafes bars in Lavapiés to fine dining in Malasaña, start with these and dress up or down:
Keeper Chambray Shirt | $78 | at J. Crew
Faux Leather Short Dress | $38 | at H&M
Nolin Sandal | $170-$190 | at Dolce Vita
Floral Print Pencil Skirt | $48 | at ASOS

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