It’s almost the season of endless days here on the Sunshine Coast, which means it’s time to dig your favourite beach bag out of the cupboard and jam pack it with this summer’s hottest essentials. Better yet, splash out and add a new beach tote to the shopping list too!
1. OVERSIZE ME
Towel, slides, sunnies, water, mags… you’re going to need a modern-day Mary Poppins bag to lug all your goods to the beach and we think we’ve found it! Pile it all in to this oversized, cross-covered (so hip!) Mooleii tote and you’re good to go! Worried about that wet bikini at the bottom? Don’t be! This guy is water-resistant and loves a little cool down in the heat of summer!
2. STACK IT UP
Yeah, yeah. So your mum used to tell you not to wear jewellery to the beach because you’ll lose it when you swim. Scrap that! Feeling your best is totally linked with looking your best, and what’s an outfit without accessories!? Stack your wrists with these casual and hardwearing resin bangles and you’ll instantly feel pulled together! Also great for an impromptu game of quoits!
3. WIDE AND SHINE
Timeless, classic, and a Sunshine Coast necessity, this straw wide-brim hat will go with anything: Bikini and hat, dress and hat, just hat (A-Bay we’re lookin’ at you!). Keep it by the door and it’ll become your most-worn summer piece.
4. YOUR SHADY FRIEND
Sunshine Coast summers can be brutal. And as much as salt and fresh air are good for the skin, aggressive UV rays are not. When you’re not splashing about in the ocean, retreat to the shade of this super-cute umbrella by Kip & Co. Its magic powers will keep you safe, and its Tropicana print will leave you hanging for a banana smoothie. Fact!
5. JUST SLIDE
Let’s face it, there’s no better footwear for summer than something you can slip on and be done with. We’ll always have a soft spot for Havaianas but a girl’s got to evolve. That’s where The Sorrento by local label Woven Palm comes in. Handmade on the Sunshine Coast, if feet could talk they’d be professing their love for these leather slides within the first few steps.
6. ROUND IT UP
We know you’ve seen them around, but that doesn’t make them any less awesome. Perfect for beach days that turn into arvo picnics, Beach People roundies are where it’s at. Stand-out among the lovers with this limited edition print.
7. GET ZESTY
So zesty! So fresh! This lime and white, frill-friendly bikini is just the right amount of feminine. With built-in underwire for that extra bit of support and removable straps (‘cause tan lines are so ‘90s), this Zulu & Zephyr number screams ‘I love the heat’.
8. CUT THE GLARE
Laugh lines are sexy. Deep creases in the middle of your head from squinting through the summer glare? Not so much! Grab a pair of these unisex Supa Sundays sunnies and banish those unwanted wrinkles from this summer’s party.
9. KAFTAN TO GO
We love a good kaftan. Versatile, easy to run around in, and known in the fashion circles for aging well, these mainstays aren’t going anywhere in a hurry. This Country Road newbie is the only ‘throw-it-over-a-bikini’ buy you’ll need to get you to and from the beach.
Image Credit: Lilya