Summer is still going strong and if you think that is time to pack up your summer wardrobe and prepare your trench coat and umbrella, you are very wrong. The beaches are just as crowded as they were at the beginning of the season, and it’s not that bad by the pools either. So this is as good of a time as any to up your beach fashion and equip yourself with the most stylish essentials out there (besides your favorite swimsuit, of course). Here are some items you mustn’t leave out.
The perfect cover-up
Sure, you can walk around in your bathing suit all the time, but what about when you want to go to a tiki bar and have some amazing cocktail? Sitting in a swimsuit is not that pleasant. Besides, the evenings at the beach can get a bit chilly, so you will need a stylish cover-up. And there isn’t a more fashionable piece than the trendy kaftan. Depending on your swimsuit design, you can go for exotic ethnic patterns or you can choose some monochrome sheer pieces.
The one bag to rule them all
Let’s face it: a beach bag must be big so that it can hold everything from sunscreen to towels. But a big bag doesn’t have to mean an ugly bag. Again, you will have to match the color and the design with the rest of your outfit. Some great options are wicker bags and bags made of sailcloth, which is a water resistant but still nice-looking material.
Sunglasses are there primarily for protection, but hey, if they can make you look even better, why not take advantage of that? It is very important to find a pair that matches your face. If you want to play it safe, you can go with the aviator design, but if you are a risk-taker, try the heart-shaped, cat eye or retro Lennon sunglasses.
Water-resistant phone pouch
The sun, sand and water are all great for relaxing, but they can really harm your phone. You may think that you will be able to keep it protected by leaving it in the bag or putting it on the towel, but you are still risking a lot by keeping it near all that water. The best way to secure it is by getting a water resistant phone pouch. Just make sure it has a headphone or speaker connector so that you can keep your cords in check too.
A sun hat
Another thing that needs stylish protection is your head. So dress it up with a gorgeous sun hat. When choosing a sun hat, make sure you find the one that flatters your face shape. For example, if your face is oblong, you need a hat that will visually shorten it, such as those with an irregular brim or raised crown. Also, the hat should be made of lightweight material to avoid causing the opposite effect; you need it to cool down, not additionally warm up.
A good pair of headphones
Speaking of headphones, you can’t just use any pair while on the beach. High-performance AKG headphones will be effective in canceling the noise coming from the kids screaming, people playing volleyball, other people listening to music, etc.
… or a good book
Perhaps you are more of a book type, and that’s ok. You can pack a good summer book that is a light read – you won’t read Ulysses at the beach. Or even better, since short articles are much easier to digest, you can pack several magazines too.
There you have it, now you are ready to spend every remaining day of the summer on the beach, looking fabulously and having the time of your life.
Mia Taylor is a fashion and beauty enthusiast from Sydney and writer for http://www.highstylife.com. She loves writing about her life experiences. Travelling and enjoying other cultures and their food with her husband is a big part of her life. She is always on a lookout for new trends in fashion and beauty, and considers herself an expert when it comes to lifestyle tips. Twitter | Facebook
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