What To Take To The Beach

Following on from my last article on how a grown up man wears swimming shorts, I thought I would expand on the image in my head of being by a pool or beach and dive into what other items you should be taking with you. Let’s be honest, how many times have we found ourselves at the poolside bar or on a beach tanning only to find we’ve left something pretty essential behind. It happens to the best of us, believe me.

The Essentials: Beach Bag &amp Swim Shorts

First of all, what you really need to do is update your beach bag. I’m afraid that battered and bruised messenger bad, or even worse, briefcase (trust me, I’ve witnessed it) just aren’t going to cut it anymore. For a hot day in the sun, you shouldn’t need any reminder of the heat by having material around that can’t handle it. So ditch leather and any heavy cotton for something more lightweight and breathable in wicker or linen.

My bag of choice would be a tote because not only is it lightweight and easy to carry but because it is essentially one huge compartment. It will hold pretty much all the the items I’m about to mention without even breaking a sweat. They also happen to be right on trend at the moment, come in all kinds of crazy colours, and because these bags are genderless, don’t be afraid to look in the girls section guys!

  • Rock Is Dead Printed Shopper
  • Jack & Jones Shopper
  • ASOS Shopper With Skull Print
  • ASOS Canvas Shopper
  • POINTER Navy & Tan Tote Bag
  • Orlebar Brown Swim Shorts Towel and Tote Set

For swimming shorts, check out last week’s article here.

Sunglasses

For a quick primer on what to style will suit your face, check out my previous article on them here. As a general rule, I find that either an aviator or a wayfarer style will suit any face shape so why not try one of these classic styles?

However, unless you are willing to look after them vigilantly at the beach, I would suggest that you don’t go all out in the funds department on this particular pair because it’s more than likely they are going to experience a lot of water and sand. However, this does mean you can buy a great high street version in a unique bold colour.

Recommended Reading:

  • Red Square Sunglasses
  • SUNPOCKET Sport sunglasses
  • French Connection Aviator Sunglasses
  • ASOS Aviator Sunglasses
  • G15 Gold Aviator
  • Black Matt Square Sunglasses
  • Ray-Ban Black Clear Rim 2143 Wayfarer Ii
  • Ray-Ban Tortoiseshell Classic 2140 Wayfarers
  • Tom Ford Leopold Aviator Sunglasses
Beach Towel

Your accommodation may allow you use of their towels, but as a stylish male who reads FashionBeans, I will assume you don’t want to be just the same as everyone else. We care about the little details as standard.

The mistake most guys make is that they don’t invest in the proper type of towel for the beach or pool. You need to make sure that it’s big enough for you lay your entire body down or you’ll look like an idiot when you’re trying to keep your legs away from the sand after being in the sea. It may be good for your core but it’s bad for your style.

With your new tote bag, a properly folded towel will fit in just fine and don’t worry about splashing a bit of money on it, it can always be washed and reused year after year. Likewise, if you can pick up a cheaper bold coloured or patterned version from your local department store or high street, then knock yourself out. The options below are strictly designer, as that is what we could find online at the time.

  • paul smith accessories Multistripe Beach Towel
  • Paul Smith Striped Beach Towel
  • Havaianas velour towel with contrasting logo
  • Franklin and Marshall Sea Beach Towel
  • POLO RALPH LAUREN Beach towel
  • Alexander McQueen Red All Over Skull Print Towel
Footwear

I have always thought, and so does GQ Style Guy Glenn O’Brien, that flip flops are for one thing only; going to and from the beach to your car. And that is all! If this is all you intend to do then fine, keep things simple and sophisticated with a sleek black pair.

If not, then adjust accordingly and get yourself a pair of thin leather boat shoes in a neutral colour. They will serve you well in any situation, be it beach, pool, bar or in town – and have the potential to take you from morning all the way through to the next.

  • Black Textured Flip Flops
  • Adidas Originals Sun M Flip Flops
  • Havaianas Rubber Flip Flops
  • ASOS Boat Shoes
  • Sperry Top-Sider Boat Shoes
  • Quoddy Leather Boat Shoes
Headwear

Oh, it’s the big one. For a quick refresher, why not check out these essential articles on men’s hats:

If you’re too lazy then let me keep things simple; novelty hats, buckets and beanies are all out of the question and I hope for obvious reasons. All good high street shops are now selling straw trilbies of all shapes, sizes and colours – so as long as it suits the shape and size of your face, you can’t go wrong.

  • Brown Contrast Brim Straw Hat
  • Smart 2 Colour Straw Trilby
  • Brixton Hats Hank Straw Trilby
  • ted baker Mens Stern Natural Straw Trilby Hat
  • john hats<br /> Raffia loose weave hat
  • Vent Hat
Layers

I saved the best to last. I honestly think that this is one of the most important things for guys when at the beach. Being British it’s more than likely that we will want to soak up as much of the sun, sea and sand as possible. What this means is that we will still be there long after the sun retreats and the sea breeze arrives.

So remember to pack a layer with you that can be thrown over what you’re wearing already like a light weight jumper or cardigan. You’ll be surprised how much it will help, and if you picked the correct swimming shorts and footwear previously mentioned, it will help your transition into the night life become that much easier.

  • ASOS Oil Wash V Neck Jumper
  • Renewal Pop V-Neck Cardigan
  • Ontario Cardigan
  • Sprayed Core Hoodie
  • Rick Owens Distressed-Effect Cashmere Sweater
  • American Apparel Tri-Blend Rib Cardigan

So there you have it guys, all that’s left is for the weather at home to get better! Or I’ll see you all on the next easyjet flight out of here.

Until next week,
Matt Allinson