After a long, dreary winter, the weather is finally starting to heat up. It’s time to ditch your 100 layer outfits and your cosy nest on the couch for a taste of the sun and the surf! Of course, after a whole year, not all of last season’s trends are still rockin’. So before you hit the beach with your gal-pals for a glorious day of fun in the sun, it’s time to update your tropical wardrobe for spring/summer 2017.
Not sure where to start? Don’t worry. We’ve rounded up a list of 5 must-have accessories for every beach babe, from trendy tech to head-turning swimsuits.
Let’s get started!
Textured Underwired Swimsuit - Floral Print, $36; very.co.uk
With all the options on the market, choosing a swimsuit can be pretty overwhelming. Do you want a tankini, a one piece, a retro style bathing suit? Should it be patterned, plain or even textured? Sometimes, less is more. And according to the catwalk at Miami Swim Week 2017, it’s time to step away from wild, colorblock bikinis in favour of something more classic.
White swimsuits are going to be huge this year. The cut is completely up to you, but a little birdy tells us that halter bikinis and creative cut outs will be making a big splash. If plain white doesn’t quite grab you, consider something with a tasteful fleck of color, like this deliciously tropical floral print underwired swimsuit.
Temporary Metallic Tattoos
Aja Metallic Tattoos, $9, terratattoos.com
If you’ve got your pulse on festival fashion, you’re probably already familiar with one of the biggest trends of the past few years: temporary metallic tattoos. These budget friendly tattoos are the perfect way to spice up any outfit and experience the fun of having an intricate body art design without the commitment.
Just apply a few gorgeous, shimmering gold temporary tattoos to exposed areas of your body to instantly transform yourself into an Instagram-worthy mermaid goddess. With over 75 designs at around $10 each, you can afford to be creative. For a seriously stylish look, check out the Hawaiian inspired Aja tattoo set.
It includes predominantly gold temp tats, but also features metallic silver, turquoise, pink and black. The designs include coral, palm trees, sea life and even arm bands. Check out more styles to complete your beach babe look at Terra Tattoos.
Theme Phone Case
Transparent Tropical Leaves, $35; casetify.com
Fashion is a commitment! What’s the point in dressing up your body if your accessories don’t follow suit? Why not amp up your beach outfit by investing in a cute, themed phone case? Currently, we’re loving anything with a tropical motif, whether it’s palm trees, hibiscus flowers or a picture of a cocktail with a pretty umbrella on top.
It’s also a good idea to think practically – if you’re the type of person to toss your phone in the sand or take sexy selfies dangerous close to the water, look for a shock and water resistant case. It might not be as fashion forward, but it will save you a fortune in repair bills and unnecessary stress!
A Tote Bag
Beach Please Tote, $49; nordstrom.com
When you’re a girl on the go, it’s important to keep your accessories close by. You don’t want to get sand in your regular bag, so it’s a good idea to pick up a durable tote bag just for the beach. You can’t go wrong by sticking to a tropical theme, but almost any design will pair well with your white swimsuit.
Personally, we can’t resist this cheeky, pun-based Beach Please tote with a cute straw palm tree print. The woven straw makes it durable and it’s just the right size to hold all your beach must-haves, including towels, lip gloss, sun screen, terra tattoos and your phone.
Mini H20 Speaker, $40; alteclansing.com
Everyone knows that part of a day of the beach is tuning into greatest hits of the summer. Although you can play tunes straight from your phone, you’ll get better sound quality from a dedicated portable speaker. You’ll also save your phone’s battery life for more important things, like selfies.
There are stacks of options out there, from the budget models that’ll probably only last you a few trips to the sophisticated versions that are almost TOO good to take on the sand. Shop around and find a portable speaker that suits your needs. This speaker is a nice budget choice, with waterproof and sand-proof features and a fancy blue case.