If you’re lucky enough to be hitting the beach this holiday season (I couldn’t be happier for you, really), thinking about what to pack can be a daunting task. With summer styles and products locked away for the next six months, vacationers are often tempted to pack far more than necessary. To assist with this conundrum, I’ve compiled a list of the top essentials you’ll need to ensure your tropical revels are super-chic and effortless.
The first thing to consider is your swimsuit selection. While most of us likely have more styles than we can count. A beach jaunt really doesn’t merit more than two. I love the classic palette of navy, white or black, like this sporty style from Victoria’s Secret. It can be paired with a variety of sundresses, floppy hats, and sandals.
Your second option should be something that illustrates the season’s trends, like neon, ruffles, or fringe. This cream and mint combination from L*Space is a super little number that will have you shining on the beach.
Once your suits are sorted, find some complimentary caftans that you can throw on as you breeze between lounging poolside and taking in the sights. Choose vibrant prints and solid colours you can mix and match with a variety of accessories. I love this pale blue crochet version by Celine, which guarantees adding a dash of sophistication to your sun-drenched ensembles.
Speaking of accessories, a gold cuff or cocktail ring can elevate a casual beach-going look to ultra-glam. This Unhinged Cuff from NastyGal is perfect for channeling your inner Cleopatra.
For shoes, limit yourself as they take up prime real estate in your suitcase. Invest in a pair of quality flip flops that can add style clout to simple outfits like jean cutoffs and slouchy tees.
Bring one additional style to act as your “evening shoe” for going to dinner or out on the town. A great cross-use shoe are Swims, they are great water shoes but could also be dressed up for dinner, or a stroll through town.
Gladiators continue to be a warm weather staple, although wedges, espadrilles, and flat ankle boots are also uber trendy options.
Finally, plan out your beauty regime, as it is often impossible to locate your preferred products while on vacation. When it comes to sunscreen, it’s definitely in your best benefit to splurge on a product that will protect and pamper your skin, such as CLARINS SPF 30 Sun Cream.
Never underestimate the power of a superior beach hair spray like John Masters Organics Sea Mist Sea Salt Spray with Lavender. Simply spray, scrunch, and you’re good to go.