Looking Good on the Beach

Whether you’re soaking up the rays further afield or sampling the beaches at home, it’s time to update your beach wardrobe. We’ve done the hard work and found the key items from the best flip flops to beach bags and bikinis. Happy shopping!

The Beachbag & Hat

First things first, a chic beach bag is a must for any visit to the seaside. If you’ve got the kids with you then the larger the better for popping in your beach essentials. With the natural texture trend (think raffia, bamboo and straw) still going strong we know this straw bag (£34.99) and hat (£6.99) from H&M are bang on trend.

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The Bikini

Stay cool in this pale blue bikini by beachwear guru Melissa Odabash. Embellished piqué bandeau bikini £74 theoutnet.com

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The Swimsuit

Every woman needs a flattering black swimsuit and we think this one with a trim of white is classic with a twist. Marysia Tuscany Rickrack Trimmed Halterneck Swimsuit £295 net-a-porter.com

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The Kaftan

A trip to the beach wouldn’t be complete without a beach cover up for when you want to take time out from the sun or get dressed for lunch. This pretty boho-styled white kaftan by London-based designer Matthew Williamson is perfect. Embellished Bell Sleeve Kaftan £42 asos.com

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The Flip Flops

Summer isn’t summer without a pair of Havianas. The Belize Flip Flops are brand new and for the first time ever, there is no separation between the toes just a horizontal strap. Available in many different colours but we love these Havaianas You Belize in Pollen Yellow £38  havaianas-store.com

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The Beach Dress

This dress will take you from beach to bar with the minimum of fuss. Stay cool in this flowing, crossover V-neck dress with short sleeves. Wraps in the front like a sarong and ties with a bow to one side. Printed Crossover Dress £19.99 zara.com

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The Shades

Sun and sunglasses go hand-in-hand. We think these super cool shades will look great with any outfit and are a great price too. Tortoiseshell Sunglasses £17.99 in chocolate with UV protection mango.com
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