Fashion

Top 10 Beach Buys for Summer

By Pip Jarvis - 30 Dec 2013

No more frayed faded beach towel and boring rubber flip flops – it's time to up style your beach bag and its contents this summer!

From sunnies and sandals to beauty loot and beach umbrellas, here's our pick of great buys for guys and gals. To make it super easy, these goodies are all available online. Add to cart and go…

The Beach Umbrella

'The Hideaway' Beach Umbrella, $274 – We Are Handsome x Basil Bangs. Purchase here

Be a shady lady (or gent!) under this super cool beach umbrella – a collaboration between the brilliant We Are Handsome and Basil Bangs. With a delicious ocean-toned print (in UPF 50+) and matching carry case, you'll be the envy of all the lounging beach lobsters!

The Sunnies For Her

'Polygon' Sunnies, $39.95 by Quay Eyeware. Purchase here

We have just recently come across this fun and affordable local eyewear label, and we're pretty smitten. These stylin' 'Polygon' shades come in classic black or tortoiseshell, but we're particularly taken with the Black Leopard pair – business at the front and party at the side.  But heck, they are cheap as chips, so why not buy a whole eye wardrobe?!

The Sunnies For Her

'Ontario' Eco Sunnies, $149.99 by Proof. Purchase here

He'll be seeing roses (ok, maybe oranges) with these slick and sustainable shades by our long time faves, Proof. We're digging the mustard/fire polarized version, with a glare-cutting lens and a 100% renewable and biodegradable frame.

The Quirky Beach Bag

'Pineapple' Tote, $99 by Gorman. Purchase here

We're bananas over this fruitalicious pineapple tote from Gorman. Slouchy and roomy, we reckon it would make the perfect beach bag for your summer vacay and take you from sand bar to, err, bar with effortless ease.

The Swimsuit

'The King' Scoop One Piece, $219 by We Are Handsome | 'The Stalker' Scoop One Piece, $219 by We Are Handsome. Purchase these beasts here

We've had one too many fruit mince pies this festive period, so we're opting for full coverage in a one piece. And, seriously, if you look this fierce, who would dare to comment on the extra padding?!

The Men's Boardies

'Bulldog Mid Length Board Short in Miami Print', $300 approx by Orlebar Brown. Purchase here

Shield your eyes from another year of your fella in garish logo boardies. These Bulldog shorts in Miami print are our pick from new discovery, Orlebar Brown. Teamed with a crisp white tee, we'd even say they're appropriate hot date attire.

The Lightweight Towel 

Turkish towels, $39 by Knotty. Purchase here

Soggy, sandy, HEAVY towels be gone! These nifty 100% cotton Turkish towels by Knotty do double duty as a chic and quick-dry towel and sarong / scarf / throw for the couch. So I guess we'd best make that quadruple duty then. Choose from yummy brights or more classic navy and red shades.

The Hat

'Bahiana' Print Cap, $59.95 by MIMCO. Purchase here

This bright printed cap is the easy route to sun smart style. We LOVE floppy hats, but this MIMCO number will be our go-to for windy days.

The Sandals

Jelly Sandals in Ginger, Lime Dreams & Purple Haze, $34.99 by Jelly Beans. Purchase here

They're baaaack! This summer we're planning on kickin' it old-school in the PVC footwear choice of 3-year-olds and 93-year-olds alike. Also in on-trend animal print, we're gonna keep it simple with the punchy shades in the neon collection by Aussie-owned Jelly Beans.

The Faux Glow Sunscreen

Bronze Dry Touch Sunscreen SPF50+, $29.95 by ModelCo. Purchase here

We all know the importance of slip-slop-slapping, but nobody wants to look like a grease monkey, or Casper the sunscreen-slathered ghost. Enter this lightweight, quick-dry, broad-spectrum sunscreen, suitable for all skin types and giving an instant glow. You've done it again, ModelCo!

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