Whether you’re aiming to make the most of the British weather or you’re jet setting to more exotic lands, be the most stylish girl on the beach with our must-have summer buys!
After sweating excessively on the treadmill throughout spring to get that beach body, a stunning bikini is the perfect reward! Swimwear comes in all shapes, sizes and colours, but finding one for the right price can be a challenge.
H&M come up trumps this year, not only with their own swimwear range, but with the exciting new Matthew Williamson collection too, so we can all look like celebrities on the beach, yay! Colourful, glittery and unique, this bikini deserves a ‘wow' reaction! Find it at any H&M stores stocking Matthew Williamson swimwear, better nab it fast, these babies are popular! [See pic above!]
For something a little less sparkly but equally as sexy, ASOS holds the key. We’ve found a versatile little number that comes in a variety of colours and patterns, all for a bargainous ASOS price! The detachable halter strap allows either an easy-tanning bandeau look or a little extra support whilst splashing around in the sea [we all know the consequences of emerging from the sea too quickly!] To feast your eyes on the bikini in other colours, type ‘Nicole Richie’ into the search bar whilst in the Swimwear category, and voila! Colour galore!
For those who favour a one-piece over an itsy bitsy, check out Next They sell an impressive range of one-pieces, from this sleek cut-out number, to more covered slim-line swimsuits.
Bikini? Check. Next on the path to complete beach style is footwear. Once named the best flip flops ever, Havaiana’s rule the roost when it comes to summer footwear. Comfy, colourful and resilient, Havaianas are favourites for both men and women. None of that sore rubbing between your toes, these miracle flip flops provide comfort to the max. Whether it’s walking to the ice cream van or keeping your tootsies clean in the beach toilet www.havaianas.com lead the way!
If you’re after a cheaper, more boho alternative, head to Accessorize, where they have flip flops on mass! Our favourites are the sea grass collection which cost from £8 to £12. A variety of coloured trims and the option of shells, beads and other fancy details, these flip flops are ideal for the beach babe look. Say no to the uncomfortable, cheap, rubber toe-posts and embrace cotton comfy bliss!
Sun tan lotion isn’t the most stylish product out there, but it is a necessity. If you’re after a good, reliable sun tan lotion the Piz Buin is an excellent choice. Piz Buin have been around for years and have a reputation for excellent sun protection [and a stylish product design! Nothing better than a presentable bottle!] Check out their website to see more: http://www.pizbuin.com/summer_suncare.jsp
But if you’re after something with fancier functions, there are plenty of options out there. Whilst it’s vital to apply sun lotion regularly, it’s not always the best look if you’re trying to impress that hunky surfer hitting the waves; so it’s just as well that Garnier have brought out a lotion that is invisible once applied. Protection without the white face, hurrah!
Protection from the sun’s rays + the air of an A-lister – whoever invented sunglasses deserves the best 99 ever! Shades are no longer all dismal thin frames with no charisma; varying colours, thickness and shape are available in most shops these days, even retro heart shaped lenses [we want!] River Island stocks loads of sunnies for every girl! Have a gander at the selection: http://xml.riverisland.com/flash/content.php
If basic is what you’re after, Primark has an array of plastic pairs to suit your mood [neon yellow or fluorescent green? Too many choices!] Despite not providing the strongest protection from the sun, they’re fun and cheap as chips! Who says we can’t be stylish in this credit crunch? Recessionista’s we are!
We all know that come late afternoon, the placid sea breeze turns into more of a gusty wind, which is not ideal for our minimally clad little bodies! Too hot for a jumper, too chilly for just a bikini, a cover up is the perfect in-between!
Topshop have won us over with this adorable playsuit, reminiscent of the childhood days! Comfortable, fun and available in pink, blue and black, these viscose playsuits are not only for bare feet on the beach, they look stylish with sandals too. The rope-esq drawstring tie at the waist and the low cut back turn this simple cover up into stylish beach attire.
To copy Coleen McLoughlin’s fashionista style, click your way to ASOS for this simple, classic kaftan. A soft cotton white cover up, perfect for throwing on top of your bikini. Loose, but flattering to most shapes, this kaftan is ideal for those who want style on the sand when it gets a little breezy. The small pom pom detail attached to the sleeves and hem adds an interesting and unique touch.
And where to put all of these chic accessories? A beach bag, you say? Excellent idea! Accessorize have given us this pastel pretty summer bag with all the cuteness and security you need. With a popper fastening, an inner zipped pocket and an additional inner pocket there’s no way anything can happen to those sexy sunglasses! And to avoid your towel leaving the bag soaked through and through, this little delight is lined, so no more suspicious wet patch on your side! To achieve the full beach effect, this bag even has rope handles, so you too can float the nautical theme!
By Sarah Kwong