Every season chic travellers invest in a sophisticated new beach wardrobe to parade on the tropical shores of Southeast Asia. However, many transformable beachwear items are now available to makeover your beach get-up with a little bit of magic.
For guests renting out a luxurious private villa in Thailand or Bali, the holiday is guaranteed to be a special one, so it makes sense to add a little personal style to the experience with outfits to match the salubrious surroundings.
Instead of the standard board shorts, bikinis and beach dresses, you can also invest in a selection of fashionable beach accessories created by innovative designers. The latest beach fashions include a number of alternative dual-purpose products which bring fun, style and practicality to the poolside.
In fact, ever since blanket beach bags became a massive holiday trend, savvy designers have been applying their talents to come with alternative seaside chic.
The Beach Onesie
While colourful beach dresses have always injected a little extra elegance into any lady’s beach wardrobe, a soft and cuddly alternative has now arrived. Australia-based beachwear designer Terrence offers holidaymakers the chance to snuggle up in the onesie of the beach with its range of towel clothing. Easy to throw on over a bikini after a bracing early morning dip in the pool, Terrence’s Retro Zip Dress features a fully lined hood and a zip-up patch pocket to store loose change for when you want to buy an ice cream. Also available in Terrence’s innovative collection are vest tops, shorts and beach hoodies for both men and women to enjoy.
Every child needs a pair of slip-on flip flops when they are in and out of the sea all day long. So why not let your children make a few pretty patterns in the sand whilst they are dashing between the waves and their sandcastle fort with Kiko’s Cat Print Animal sandles? Featuring a raised animal print on the sole of the shoe, little ones can get creative and create their own animal tracks across the beach. Leaving a distinctive trail behind them, it will also be easy for parents to track adventurous children who enjoy a game of hide and seek on the beach.
Just like Magic
Beach dudes bored with the usual selection of boardies and beach shorts finally have the chance to add some excitement to their wardrobes with Bobobos’ magical print beach shorts. Whilst relaxing in the warm rays of the sun, these shorts appear to be comprised of a simple matte grey fabric. However, after a quick dip in the waves, an eye-catching banana pattern magically appears. For men who want to steer clear of fruity patterns, a nautical rope pattern is also available in these magical transformable shorts.
While a sarong is not a new item for your beach wardrobe, it is possibly the most multi-functional and magically transforming piece of kit you can carry in your beach bag. While many ladies opt to tie sarongs in a simple knotted skirt around their waists, a wealth of sassy new styles are also possible. A sarong dress can be made by wrapping both ends in a bow around the back of the neck, or by tying it over one shoulder. Ladies that tie their sarong behind their back before passing between the legs to tie at the front can even make their own pair of shorts. Made of lightweight cotton, Manual Canovas’ stunning Eolia Sea sarong is perfect for staying cool and looking stylish on the seashore.
Crack Open a Beer
For guys or girls who enjoy the crisp taste of a chilled beer whilst they are lounging by the pool or on the beach, William Painter’s stylish titanium sunglasses double up as beer bottle openers – perfect when you don’t want to move an inch from your sun lounger to search the villa’s kitchen for a bottle opener. As well as serving the purpose of nifty beach gadget, these shades feature Iradium coated polarised lenses that reduce glare and resist scratches.
by Wayne Hue