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The Best Beachwear for Women

By Liz Sharpe

Posted: 8th May 2013 16:25

Now that we have helped you acquire the perfect beach body, you will be adequately filled with confidence, enough so that you will be able to wear your bikini or swimsuit with pride. But, looking at your very tip-top best whilst on the beach is not as easy as that - you will need to consider all of the necessary accessories to ensue. Here is our guide to the top beachwear and accessories for summer 2013…


The premium brand Miu Miu by Miuccia Prada has just released their brand new MU 10NS Sunglasses.  These fabulous spectacles come in range of colours, from classic black frames with dark grey shades to shocking red frames with brown shades.  These very striking glasses with unique shaped frames are particularly perfect for those with round or oval shaped faces and are totally UV protected.  To be the style icon of every beach then these sunglasses are defiantly a must with their delightfully fashionable design and exceptional authentic Prada style the wearer will wow the crowds wherever they go.  Available at Sunglass Hut for £225.00. 

Ray-Ban’s 3025 Aviator Sunglasses come in over 40 different colours of frames and shades and offer complete UV protection.  For practicality and the knowledge that they will almost always match, black, silver and gold frames are both practical and stylish, for a bit of pizzazz instead of choosing bland brown, easy grey or sunny yellow for your shades colours go for something wacky with purple, blue, pink and even peach on offer.  These aviators were originally designed for pilots in the 30s but now they are a definite must for oblong shaped faces and defiantly for the super cool.  Available at Sunglasses Shop for £117.00. 

Butterfly by Matthew Williamson are a great value for money shades with a stylish and attractive design, these fully UV protected sunglasses come with a cat eyes outline suitable for many shapes of face.  Its frame has pink tints with brown spots and silver butterfly decorations on each of its arms.  The shades are a greyish colour which is completely wipe clean if smudging appears.  Available at Debenhams for £22.00.

Flip Flops

Havaianas sandals are boasted to be some of the most comfortable around, from their range of thicker strapped styles to the sophisticated glamour of their slim sandals, like their crystal glamour design.  Cut to fit snugly with the shape of your feet these sandals are more elegant than most flip flops and with great quality too they are built to last.  Available in both black and white they add a fine summer statement and will match most beachwear.  Available at Schuh with free delivery for £35.00. 

Animal’s flip flops are some of the best quality for money around these long lasting sandals are printed with many quirky and cute patterns perfect for making that summer statement.  Swish AOP Flip Flop is one of the best styles featuring the supportive comfort strap and sporting the attractive yellow, white and blue funky style print.  Complete with its toepost design this flip flop has a cool sporty edge which will scream surfer chic when teamed with a cute beach skirt, sarong or even Hawaiian shorts.  Available at Animal with free delivery for £14.00. 

Brand new base flip flops by Roxy are perfect for summer beach days they come in a simplistic and easy design with thin straps and two tone colours.  To help you to match up your beachwear there are three colour schemes to choose from, classic black and white, edgy pink and deep blue and girly pink and white.  These comfy flip flops will go with almost any outfit particularly in black and white and come complete with Roxy logo both on the base of the shoe and detailed on the straps.  Available at Roxy for £10.00. 

One Piece Swimsuits

Seafolly’s Tropical Beat twist bandeau swimsuit is an all-in-one beachwear that is guaranteed to get a wow.  Deep blue in colour with beautiful peach orange flowers this suit is a striking yet classical in its style.  This swimsuit, with its well structured design, will create a clear and attractive outline to help boost confidence.  Available at Miss Selfridges for £90.00.

ASOS Caged Bow Back Swimsuit looks almost like a normal all in one swimsuit but with cut out straps from the sides which tie at the back to four knots adds sex appeal.  This unique swimsuit comes in striking white and sports a bandage style which gives both a curvaceous feel whilst also being more slimming than some all in one suits.  Available at Asos for £30.00. 

The cut out swimsuit is one of the biggest beach fashions to appear on the catwalks in the last few years.  Banks Aztec design strapless, all in one, cut out swimsuit is bang on trend with its print and uses of black and white very in for 2013.  This Aztec patterned costume comes with neon yellow bra strap and removable padding and will fit perfectly with black or black and white flip flops.  Available at Bank for £24.00.


Rome Bandeau Bikini by Melissa Odabash is an attractive top of the line designer suit which will defiantly cause a scene with its luxurious gold colouring.  This fabulous costume looks incredible on all skin colourings and comes with gold detailing for the top connection.  Great for matching with most swimwear this suit will be sizzling on any beach.  Available at Harrods for £180.00.

The Fidora Wild Horses bikini with neon pink straps and black and white shell coloured horse pattern it is an unusual and original design which uses classic triangle shapes for the top half and strapped sides for the bottom.  All straps are finished with metal circle detailing.  Available at Ted Baker for £70.00. 

Ahoy sailor, this navy inspired striped bandeau bikini is perfect for beach days, with its gold river island brand embellishment this bikini is a designer looking suit without the expensive price tag.  This great quality product is perfect for all shapes and sizes.  It comes with a strapless top and all in one pant with the brand logo on the left hand side.  Available at River Island for £22.00. 

Beach Bags

The ‘Embrace the tote bag’ is made predominately with paper straw and is a tough and durable beach essential.  Created by surfing and outdoor wear company Volcom this endearing bag comes striped with canvas creams and blacks and is a fashionable favourite for beach goers.  Available at Two Seasons for £45.99. 

The Itsa Designer Bag is a multipurpose beach essential.  Not only just a bag to keep your sunscreen cool, this carrier also folds out into a large 84 inch towel to cover your sunbed.  Once opened up to its towel form it has many compartments to keep your beach items in, books, sunglasses and even an ipod slot and hooks to keep your belongs off your face and out of the sand.  It also comes with a hidden pocket to keep valuables and a hanger on the back to place wet swimwear.  Available at The Itsa for £24.95. 

What’s the point in a pretty delicate beach bag when you’re not only tanning on the beach but also taking part in water sports and sporty activities? It’s just not practical so for those who choose easy over fashionable a cute surfing style bag is your perfect partner this summer.  With its funky fashionable and cute print Surfdome’s Sweetie Allover Backpack is a feminine yet tough bag with two pockets to keep more precious items separate from the main bag.  With comfort handles the bag offers more support if you end up trekking far up the coast and at a snip of the price of other designer bags it is very tempting.  Available at Surfdome for £14.99. 

Beach Wear

SimplyB’s Beach-to-Beach Maxi Kaftan is a great alternative to a sarong.  This beautifully long and stylish dress comes in a flowed design which ties around the waist to ensure a great figure.  It comes in size 12- 32 making it oh so very temptingly beautiful no matter your size.  This fashionable piece will make people stop and take notice.  Available at SimplyBe for £38.00. 

For a simple statement on the beach a classic printed kaftan is the best.  The Swallowtail Print Beach Kaftan is shaped in the traditional kaftan short style and comes in red and grey.  Beautifully patterned with flowers this kaftan is stunning on top of most beach wear.  Made from top quality material this garment can be taken in from the adjustable waistband at the sides of the top.  Sizes range from an 8 to an 18.  Available at Weird Fish for £29.99. 

The Saress Beach Sarong is great way to flatter your figure and give cover up on the beach.  These inventive beach outfits can come in a range of sizes from knee to ankle length.  There are two hooks at each side of the sarong that when switched make the item transform from just a piece of material to something with looks identical to a beautiful backless dress making suitably for a visit to the bar or maybe even beach restaurant.  These fabulous sarongs come in many beautiful patterns and go from a size 8-20.  Available at Bikini Brasil for £24.99. 

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