While summer has certainly got off to a slower start than usual, it would appear the temperature is finally rising. Even if you’re back at work, it’s likely you’ll have a chance to soak up some rays on the weekend. Most of us want to look good at the beach but stocking up on accessories can be expensive if you’re not looking in the right places. The following are a few of my favourite beach ready items this season. Just add sun and sand.
A great alternative to a heavy beach towel which takes ages to dry and ends up collecting half-a-beach worth of sand. Knotty is based on the towels used for centuries in the bath houses of Turkey, and is highly absorbent and quick drying. Made from 100 pre cent hand-woven, natural cotton, it is also incredibly versatile, doubling as a sarong, wrap, scarf or even a bag. Most Knotties are price at $39.
My favourite beach bag I’ve come across this season. It comes in a range of colours and the pom poms are a fun added detail. Big enough to hold all your beach day essentials and perhaps even those of your friends! In the cooler months use this bag as a shopping tote or a great bag to take to the markets.
To get the look for less check out the Bronte Bag for $39.95.
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3. Inexpensive cover-ups
A kaftan is a great way to cover up at the beach, whether it’s for modesty, sun protection or just some added glamour. Although much easier to throw on than clothing, kaftans can sadly often be quite pricey. Thankfully this year many of the high street chain stores are on the case and have produced a range of cute cover-ups at a much more reasonable price point.
Sportsgirl, Pom Pom Trim V Neck, $49.95.
Sportsgirl, Blue Butterfly Boatneck Kaftan, $49.95
Glassons, Tie Waist Printed Kaftan, $29.99
Thongs are not for everyone. While some people relish the opportunity to spend all of summer flip-flopping about, others are not as sold on the idea, myself included. Have you ever been to the beach and spent the entire trek flicking sand at the back of your legs thanks to your thongs? Not to mention how painful they can be after a while. Saltwater Sandals burst onto market to fill this niche three years ago and the company hasn’t looked back. I am a devotee and now own three pairs. They are a bit more expensive than thongs but definitely worth the investment. Made from a high quality leather, and as the name suggests, they can even be worn in saltwater. Most importantly, they are incredibly comfortable.
The past two years I have really enjoyed my larger than life wide brim hat. Not only is it a wonderful way to keep your face out of the sun and avoid sun stroke but it has a certain air of mystery and glamour. In most swimwear stores these hats can be around the eighty or ninety dollar mark but I’ve found the same classic style online for almost half that.