1. Swimsuit, $54.95, from H&M
Forget the fancy bikinis and swimwear that most brands are selling for the summer, because nothing is more reliable than a black one-piece. It’s slimming, fuss-free, and you don’t need to worry about it being too sheer when it gets wet.
2. Marc Jacobs sunglasses, $87, from THE OUTNET
A pair of sunglasses will hide tired eyes and shield your peepers from the harmful sun rays. Plus, don’t they look super glamorous when worn at the beach?
3. Bag, $49.90, from Topshop
Beach bags are great because they give you plenty of space for your beach towel, your suncare essentials and your other knick knacks, but often, beach bags aren’t the most stylish. Which is perhaps why we are loving this woven bag. It’s just as roomy, exudes an easy boho vibe and is easy to care for.
4. Hat, $29.95, from H&M
A wide-brim floppy hat is good to have, so your face gets an added layer of protection from the sun. Plus, it helps to hide your messy hair in the morning, so you spend less time primping and more time enjoying your getaway.
5. Sandals, $49.90, from Charles & Keith
Sandals are a must for every beach getaway, and we love the glamorous gold buttons and the minimalist white straps featured in this design. Wear it with your caftans and a pair of tasselled earrings to head to the beach bar.
6. Beach towel, $79, from Serena & Lily
Rather than use the hotel’s beach towel that comes with a questionable stain patch and looks a little worn out, get a chic towel that you can call your own.
7. Jumpsuit, $69.90, from Zara
Jumpsuits are our favourite thing to wear to the beach because they eliminate the question of “will this top match these shorts?”, and they can be slipped on or off easily. Get into this comfortable and colourful playsuit for fun times at the poolside bar.
8. Dress, $59.90, from Mango
You’re probably wondering “I’m on a beach holiday, why do I need a midi dress?” The reason is simple: you never know where you might end up. Maybe your husband wants to bring you to a fancy cliffside restaurant, or maybe the single ladies reading this might snag a date with a cute Mediterranean guy while holidaying! It never hurts to be prepared, and this linen dress is great because you can wear it right out of the suitcase (linen looks fine with some wrinkles anyway).
9. Kind To Skin Facial Wipes, $19.90, from Simple
Between the sand, the sweat, the sunscreen and everything else, you just never know what has accrued on your skin. So keep a pack of facial wipes in your bag, because they’ll help you clean off the muck and keep your skin feeling refreshed.
10. Shorts, $56.90, from Topshop
Denim shorts are a must-have on every beach holiday. Make yours a pair of high-waisted shorts so your legs look longer and your waist looks smaller.
11. Superscreen Daily Moisturizer SPF 40, $55, from Supergoop!
Sunscreen is a no-brainer when you’re packing for your trip. We love the sunscreen mousse for its broad spectrum formula that is non-greasy and easy to apply.