By Alex Ouyang
As we reach the halfway point in June, there are only a five days left until the first day of summer. Our excitement grows exponentially with each passing day that brings us closer to the fêted summer solstice — a season filled with warm nights, barbecues, fireworks, and last, but not least, beaches.
Nearly every beach in the world receives a sudden influx of visitors during the summer season. But besides being at the beach to swim, play volleyball, build sandcastles, or sunbathe, there is another opportunity you can’t miss out on: the chance to show off your style.
So in case you haven’t been to the beach in a while, or if you’ve missed the chance to update your beach-bound wardrobe, here are a five beachwear essentials:
1) Neoprene swimwear is a new trend inspired by athletic styles that give traditional swimwear a little bit of an edge.
N.L.P. is probably the most popular brand amongst neoprene swimwear, given the color blocking and unique structure of their bikinis that epitomized an edgier look that many fashionistas sought this summer season.
Clover Canyon’s Space Garden Bikini is covered in floral prints, but still gives off a sporty vibe.
2) Swimsuits with cutouts are also quite popular à la moment:
ASOS’s Leaf Print Cutout Bandeau Swimsuit has a fun palm print reminiscent of the tropics.
ASOS’s Rose Print Cutout Swimsuit not only utilizes a colorful, floral print, but it also has cutouts, creating a diverse, edgy look.
3) Playsuits and rompers with fun prints don’t necessarily have to be worn to the beach and can be worn on a typical outing as well.
ASOS’s California Palm Print Bandeau Frill Beach Playsuit makes a bold statement.
Anthropologie’s Long Weekend Romper has a softer, bohemian look.
4) The 60s are making a comeback in the glasses department. Trending shades are starting to take on a bit of a rounder shape, reminiscent of their predecessors.
Le Specs X Craig & Karl Roundabout Shades combine UV protection and neat translucent frames.
Madewell’s Hepcat Shades have tapered frames that give the shades a fun, edgy look.
5) Birckenstocks are quite popular at the moment (particularly the Arizona), but if you’re afraid of spending a little too much money on a trend that might not last, here are a couple alternatives.
Casco’s sandals are known for their comfortable and affordable footwear. This sandal has similar wide straps, while removing the inconvenience of toe curling that slippers usually have.
If you’re looking for something more similar to the Arizona Birkenstock, ASOS’s Far Out Man Sliders look almost exactly like them, with the exception of the white outsole and smaller buckles.
Last of all, don’t forget to slather on some sunscreen, bring your towels, and empty the memory on your camera so you have enough room for memories of the beach this summer.
Which beach are you going to this summer? Feel free to comment with your own list of beachwear essentials and tell us what you’ve got planned!