With the weather warming up, we’re excited because it can only mean one thing. Those perfect beach days are back! There’s nothing quite like heading to the beach, ready to soak up those rays and splash in the surf. To help you hit the sand as fast as possible, we gathered the top eight swimwear and summer beach essentials so you don’t have to spend a moment longer stuck indoors deciding what to take with you.
1. A Confidence Building Swimsuit
Whatever your individual style, the main thing to remember when choosing a swimsuit is to find one that makes you feel amazing. The fastest way to do that is to use our Fit Specialist. We gathered together eight women with diverse body types to show how each swimsuit silhouette will look on you. The tool also recommends which swimwear essentials will flatter your body. We believe in celebrating women of all shapes, and that’s why we stock swimwear in size 2 to 20. We also look for swimsuits with additional details such as adjustable straps so you can customize your perfect fit.
Swimwear essential trends to consider this season include floral and striped prints, unique hardware details, ruffles, lace and other textures, knotted designs, and block colors in blush and navy. As always, black is a chic and classic staple for any beach wardrobe, and white offers a fresh and clean take on traditional beachwear.
2. An Easy Breezy Cover Up
Here’s a summer beach essential that works any season: slip into a light and airy coverup to take you to and from the beach. Keep an eye out for fabrics that are designed to dry quickly as there’s nothing worse than a puddle of water collecting beneath you as you head to your next location in soaking wet suit. Keep it casual and breathable with a breezy vest or tunic, or take it up a notch with a chic halter dress. Rompers are also a bright and playful choice.
3. Glowing Skin
A woman is her most beautiful when she’s comfortable in her own skin. If you’re so inclined, perhaps you’d like to give yourself a light layer of fake tan. Or maybe you’d rather go natural. Either way, we all know the number one rule of fun in the sun: sunscreen! Ensure you protect your skin from premature aging and sunburn by using a high quality sunscreen and then follow up your sunny day with a soothing skin cream. Your skin will thank you for taking such good care of it.
4. Additional Sun Protection
Incorporating summer essentials into a look that works day or night requires some thought when it comes to fun, versatile accessories. We’re talking wide brimmed hats. Sporty swim caps. Ethereal shawls. Sexy swimsuits with capped sleeves. The options are endless and limited only by your imagination. Look for accessories that contrast with your swimwear, such as a bright pop of color against a neutral swimsuit. Or, if your bikini is already bold and bright, look for more neutral accessories to keep your swimwear as the main attraction.
5. A Carry-All Purse or Tote
You’re going to need something to throw all your summer beach essentials into. From the perfect canvas tote to a woven clasp bag, the main things to consider are the size, the fabric, and the quality.
First, you want the bag to be large enough to carry everything you need so you don’t have to fuss around with multiple bags. That only increases your chance of accidentally leaving something behind. Second, you’re looking for a fabric that doesn’t fade easily, that dries quickly, and that holds up well under the heat of the midday sun. Canvas, seagrass, straw, and cotton are great choices. Lastly, you need a bag that’s not going to rip, tear, or spill out your belongings when you’re trying to shove that third towel inside it. Durability is the name of the game.
6. Foot Protection
Also considered one of the top swimwear essentials for this season are a great pair of beach ready shoes. Flip flops or sandals are perfect to navigate through the sand. Easy to slip off, easy to put back on, they’re also small enough to slide into your tote when you’re not wearing them. Trends this season include floral prints on flip flops for a bright and fun look or seek out sandals with a dash of sparkly hardware for an edgy yet glamorous look.
7. A Unique, Oversized Towel
Who would’ve thought there was a way to improve on the good old beach towel? If you’ve ever had to reposition your towel as the sun (or shade) moves location, if you’re sick of getting sand in everything, then you’ll be thrilled to hear that beach towels are not only getting bigger but rounder too. More room for relaxing, more room for your belongings, more room for sharing! Look for a super soft, super absorbent material like cotton with a high GSM count. GSM stands for grams per square meter, which means the heavier the fabric, the denser the towel will be. More density equals better absorbency, so you can dry off as quick as a flash.
8. Partners in Crime
We saved the best for last. Your ultimate summer beach essential this year are your friends and family. Spending a day at the beach with your loved ones is an absolute treat. Toss that beach ball. Dive into those waves together. Make those memories, because life is too short not to enjoy the time you have with the people you love the most.
So, there you have it. Our top eight swimwear and summer beach essentials to make this summer the best one yet. Have a great season from all of us here at SwimSpot!