Beach Fashion Essentials
Fashion essentials for the beach doesn't just take in bikini's, wraps and flip flops. It also includes beach bags, beach towels, sunglasses, hats and other accessories. Bikini's are relatively easy, you just buy the ones you like, the style that suits you and whether or not you are bothered about a few tan lines here and there. It's got to be equally practical as it is fabulous. However, when it comes to clothing to wear over your bikini for the beach, this can be a little more tricky. When you're new to beach holidays or haven't been in a while, it's easy to forget the practical necessity of certain items. So, you throw in a pair of denim shorts and a tight crop t-shirt. Items that, when beautifully tanned, look amazing. Nothing wrong with that. But, what you forgot, and will be reminded of on day one, is when you get up from your sun lounger to go for lunch and you try to peel yourself back into those denim shorts, you will wonder why they don't fit anymore. Wearing tight fitting clothes that you have to manoeuvre into only works while you are in your hotel room with the air conditioning on, it doesn't work when you have been lying sweating and swelling in the sun, with the added complication of suncream all over you (a quick swim in the ocean will help). Another thing to be mindful of is that when you leave the beach to either go for lunch, a walk or when just heading back to the hotel, you will have had a lot of sun all day, so you may want to cover up your shoulders and/or legs to give yourself a rest and prevent burning. Your shoulders catch a lot of sun from walking about. So, when choosing your beachwear, think carefully.
You're beach bag is going to get trashed, so you might want to spend wisely here. No matter how careful you are, sand is a destroyer! When it comes to beach towels, well, there is no advice needed, whatever takes your fancy. But bear in mind you will be stretched out on it so buy a decent sized one. All that needs to be taken care of after this is fancy sunglasses, hats, flip flops, a little bit of jewellery if you so which (I don't bother with this unless I'm on one of those beach clubs for the day where I am more bothered about looking good than sunbathing).
Here's a few pieces to give you some inspiration:
MELISSA ODABASH Delilah Printed Challis Kaftan, £280
This is the perfect wrap around for the beach/poolside as you don't have to pull it over your head or pull it up. Put your arms in the sleeves and it simply wraps around and ties at the waist to cinch you in.
PHASE EIGHT Sadie Canvas Bag, £35
This is a good sized beach bag which opens wide so you don't have to dig deep to find all your essentials. It will fit your towels and beauty products and everything else you need to put in it.
When it comes to sunglasses, you can either go expensive or you can buy several pairs of cheaper ones for different looks. Personally, I like to have one good pair for walking around, shopping, lunching, drinking etc. But when it comes to sunbathing, I'll definitely opt for a cheaper pair because they do get damaged with suncream, sand, sweat and the general constant heat battering them as you bask in the sun all day. When you are buying cheap, you can have lots of fun with ultra trendy styles.
HAVAIANAS Slim in Silver, £24
You can't go wrong with a pair of Havaianas flip flops for the beach. They are good quality sturdy flip flops that can withstand the heat of the beach and the roughness of the sand, for a good price. Buy a pair of fancy ones for other occasions but for the beach, it's hard to beat these. I like them in silver because they won't clash with all your summery bright beach colours in your bikini's and beach clothes.
LINEA Palmtrees & Pineapples Beach Towel, £12
I don't like a cheesy beach towel but I also don't like a boring one. A beach towel can say a lot about a person; fun, bonkers, conservative, 'don't-give-a-damn-as-long-as-it's-fit-for-purpose'. I like to be fun but not bonkers!
BIBA Zig Zag Floppy Hat, £25
You can't beat a big floppy hat for the beach. One that's flexible and moves into the position you want it to be in, in order to block out the sun and keep your face covered. With these hats you can actually lie back on the sun lounger without it tipping forward onto your face. No matter what way the sun is shinning down on you, this hat will keep you covered. Just keep moving it around until it does it's job!