With summer in full swing (well sort of) we're frantically holiday shopping to have that Insta-worthy beach look. But we're not just stopping at swimwear - it's all about how you style the bikini that gives you the ultimate beach babe crown. Fear not though; as before you simply click on the 'Beachwear' tab of your favourite sites and go wild at the checkout, try looking at normal clothing that you'll be sure to wear again. Or you may even already have these bits sitting in your wardrobe; they just haven't been introduced to the beach yet!
Loungewear for the beach? YUM!
Yes it's true, this is an actual bikini and not just a bra and pair of pants and we're obsessed! Lingerie brand For Love and Lemons has newly launched their swim collection for SS16 and its lots of yummy lace and underwear-esque pretty vibes. So go the full length and embrace with slouchy linen pyjama style trousers from Velvet and textured slip ons from Chloe. To finish this laid back cool look and take from the bedroom to the beach, add a dozen pom poms (formally known as an SS16 beach bag) and a pair of statement sunglasses and you're good to go!
From left: Chloe Textured Sliders, £440 ; For Love and Lemons blue lace bikini, £235 ; Velvet by Graham and Spencer Linen Trousers, £138, Fendi X Thierry Lasry sunglasses, fendi.com, Figue embroidered tote £458.
Anyone for volleyball? Joking, not really.
It's sports luxe mixed with off shore cotton crochet and who knew the two would work so well when it came to swimwear? Triangl's new SS16 collection is a bundle of excitement as they have expanded with textures and prints with a pretty fab outcome. We've kept with the yummy rich colour pallette and teamed with a tassle tie short from Mango and of course nothing else then a Marni stripe wicker beach bag. To add a bit of a retro twist; colour block frames are super fun!
From Left: Marni stripe beach bag, £440 , Triangl crochet and neoprene bikini £89 approx , Zan Zan white sunglasses £210, Accessorize bangle, £8 for two , Next tassle shorts £18, Aldo metallic espadrilles £60.
If Your More Of An All in One Girl
Think pool party, think party harder than Poppy Delevinge... then this is your look. We're obsessed with gingham right now as it is so we could fall in love any more then we have with this Solid + Striped one piece. We're totally over low cuts and awkward shaped tan marks when it comes to swimsuits; this season we're all over the traditional high leg, two strap cossy. Team with your favourite denim jacket and slip-on mule for a totally current laidback day look. (Let's face it, the chances are slim you'll be getting wet on arrival - this one's for the party!). A classic bucket bag and cool aviators updates the playful prints for a more grown-up fun look.
Poolside to brunch
For a look that you can take from the pool to brunch, we're going for effortless chic and clashing prints. Florals and stripes are a great combo (as long as you keep it subtle). When it comes to shirting, no need to get a specific beach shirt - just opt for an existing one or purchase one you'll be sure to wear again. Of course we're finishing with quirky accessories and adding further drops of colour with tiny leafy I+I earrings and who doesn't love a pom pom beach bag?
When there's nothing but long stretches of dreamy white sand
For the ultimate sandy beach look then we're going for non other than a crochet bikini and we're obsessing over this newly dropped Missguided version. For a care free yet sassy look, style with a kaftan style beach dress (with tassles OF COURSE) and sandy lace up flats. Keep on all your everyday tiny stacking rings... one per finger is happily appreciated!
From left: Taylor Morris tortoise shell sunglasses £118 , Miss Guided crochet bikini, £30 , Laura Lee earrings £195 , Laura lee thin stacking rings from £130 , Topshop tie up sandals, £42 , DoDo Bar Orkaftan dress £225