If you go down to the beach today you’ll find it’s a very glamorous affair.
The beachwear which paraded down this season’s catwalks was as much about accessories as the tankinis, bikinis and one-pieces. Cover-ups, wide-brimmed hats, footwear and even hair accessories have become essential items for anyone even thinking of stepping onto the sand, let alone dipping a toe in the water.
Swimwear now comes in collections. Rarely do you see a stand-alone bikini. There’s always a co-ordinating beachwrap, flip flops, beach bag and often a towel to choose from as well.
Even statement jewellery has found its way into the new look - just remember not to wear anything metal as it will burn when it gets hot.
ANIMAL MAGIC: Exotic print cover up, £8 from Matalan (pictured above).
DIP DYE: Tankini top, £8 and bikini briefs, £4 from the Sainsbury's Tu range.
IN THE BAG: Multi-print holdall, £29.50, from the Zandra Rhodes collection at Marks & Spencer.
GET GLITZY: Sparkle bikini, £53 from Triumph.
TOUCH OF GLAMOUR: Matthew Williamson peacock plume swimsuit £30, Red Herring white bag, £30, and white framed sunglasses, £18, all from Debenhams.
ELEGANT: Abstract print 'Brighton' swimsuit by Triumph, £63.
FEET FIRST: Metallic jewel flip flop, £35 from Accessorize.
BEACH BANGLES: Marbled bracelet, £12 each from Wallis.
SAFE IN THE SUN: Solait SPF 25 spray from Superdrug.
GET AHEAD: Natural straw hat, £4 from Bonmarche.