Katie Dailey
Katie Dailey



The Club’s guide to this year’s beachwear trends

Want to pack a punch when putting together your holiday wardrobe? Fill your suitcase with the summer’s most beautiful beachwear trends, as chosen by fashion writer Katie Dailey

In the loop

The nautical trend never fails to bob up when it comes to spring, but this time around it’s in the form of rope detailing rather than the familiar blue-and-white stripe. Fancy dipping a toe in? Tie-up necklines, like the one on this gorgeous piece (£140) from Cossie+Co, add flattering texture and a little nod to the trend without going full sailorette.

01 Cossie

Throwing shade

Last summer, sunhats wider than a beach parasol cast a long shadow over the summer catwalk. This season’s headwear is neater, sportier and altogether more packable – preppy straw visors keep your face protected, while enabling you to lean back with a good book. Try this one from trendy ethical online brand, LF Markey (£45).

02 LF Markey

We go high

Blame Instagram-savvy reality stars, but swimwear is getting hotter and legs are getting higher. The key to keeping it chic is to choose styles with raised necklines to match a raised legline – such as this belted one piece (£28) from Topshop – which also makes the style surprisingly flattering, too.

03 Topshop

Love letters

If there’s one thing that will instantly add prestige to your holiday wardrobe, it’s luxury sandals. This summer, nearly all the big fashion houses have designed a pair – including these metallic beauties from Valentino (£475) – that go heavy on the branding, announcing your fashion credentials the moment you hit the sand.

04 Valentino

To have and to hold

The travel-friendly accessory of the season, the smart men’s belt bag has been seen everywhere from Gucci’s 1980s-inspired edit to Benetton’s fun, sportier styles, recalling the bumbag’s glory days. But before you get excited about safely stowing your currency and passport at your hip, the only way to wear the trend is buckled over one shoulder and across the body.

05 Gucci

Water colours

Kids’ beachwear has long been committed to a theme – sailing-boat prints for boys, florals for girls. Danish childrenswear brand Soft Gallery takes a different approach, inviting artists from around the world to design its prints and fashioning ‘art at kids’ eye level’ – including cute practical swimwear in beautifully idiosyncratic prints with SPF 50+ coverage. Get your hands on them (from £13) here.

06 Soft Gallery

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