A shore bet: Beach essentials & accessories for this summer

With temperatures soaring, bathing suits are a given, but how about a smartwatch that takes photos underwater? Take stock of our beach essentials to get ready for some of that oceanside frolicking

Rebecca Vargese Published :  17th March 2017 06:00 AM   |   Published :   |  17th March 2017 06:00 AM

Crochet into reality

If you’re the kind who prefers a leather lace sandal over rubber flip-flops, then a chic cover-up is just the thing for you. Transition from a sandy day at the beach to a casual evening with friends in a striped crocheted cotton romper from Minkpink or a beige Miguelina embroidered cropped top and skirt. Team it up with a pair of hoop earrings and gladiator sandals for the perfect ensemble. Rs 5,105 and Rs 19,160 approx. Details: polyvore.com

Pout luck

It doesn’t matter if you’re stepping out into the sun or travelling to the beach, a broad-spectrum sunscreen is an essential. So while you’re slathering on that SPF, don’t forget those lips. Beside giving you UV protection, Estée Lauder’s New Dimension Plump defines your lips’ contour area and contains hydrating oils. Rs 3,750. Details: nykaa.com. Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip balm for men shields and nourishes lips and comes in flavours of grapefruit and ginger, and lemon and shea butter. Rs 1,570. Details: amazon.in

Big bag world

Sure, it’s easy to throw everything you need for a beach trip into a tote, but if you have a knack for keeping things organised, then these multipurpose bags can come into good use. Practical and utilitarian, make-up bags by Robbins Bobbins are hand-sewn to your choice of fabric, come with a personalised name plate and are waterproofed-lined, so all your make-up can stay dry.  Rs1,027 approx. Details: www.etsy.com. If you’re in the mood for something quirky, opt for Miu Miu’s appliquéd pouch instead, made from textured leather, which can double up as a keys-phone-and-wallet holder too. Rs 27,150 approx. Details: net-a-porter.com

Whale of a time

Between your sunscreen, hairspray and favourite book, the one thing that fits all your beach gear is your fun tote. This Thome Browne bag, styled like a shark from the thriller Jaws, promises to add just the right amount of theatricality to your day. The 12-litre Italian pebble grain-leather bag features two top handles and a detachable luggage tab. Rs 1,83,511 approx. Details: mrporter.com. However, If you’re looking for an easy-to-clean option, the blue-whale printed tote will work. With a waterproof lining, you can’t go wrong with a classic cotton bag. Rs 983 approx Details: etsy.com

Get smarty

The SuunTo Ambit3 Peak with a heart-rate monitor is an all-round package that gives you statistics with regard to weather, altitude, GPS location and more. You can also click pictures with the watch, create a motion picture with them and share it on a handheld device. All this, apart from showing time, notifying you of calls and messages and other basic smartphone activities. Rs 40,000 approx. Details: amazon.in

Beauty of the beats

What better than a speaker you can carry around like a suitcase? Go Groove’s Sonaverse BXL has speakers on both sides of its cuboid frame, and LED accent lights too. With a retro-inspired design, this attractive gadget has a rechargeable battery backup of seven hours. However, if you want to be more discreet while playing music, the portable JBL Clip 2 will keep you in the loop with your playlist wherever you go. Approx Rs 2,300 on gogroove.com and Rs 2,999 on amazon.in respectively. 

Flash drive

Keep the sun away with Oliver Peoples’ Roella-mirrored Cat-eye sunglasses. The brand, known for its vintage-inspired styles and exceptional quality, is a favourite of many Hollywood celebrities. These oval, mirrored shades with iridescent lenses are made in Italy, come in a sunshine yellow colour, and add a bit of sparkle to your beach look. Rs22,490. Details: polyvore.com. If you’re a fan of coloured lenses, you could opt for Kawika’s crystal-framed sunglasses, with Hawaiian blue mirror coating. Rs 16,490. Details: in.mauijim.com

An aqua taste

With a design philosophy similar to Olympus’ Tough series of rugged cameras, the recently introduced TG-Tracker is a force to reckon with. Fitted with a 204-degree ultra-wide angle lens, this waterproof, dustproof, shockproof and freezeproof camera has its own app for immediate transfer of images and videos into a handheld device. It also has features like image tracking and loop shooting function, and comes with a solid tracking holder that gives you the perfect grip. Rs 47,699. Details: amazon.in

Rollin’ and tumblin’

Let’s face it — it’s a challenge to enjoy your favourite drink when out in the sun. Hydro 
Flask’s newest series of tumblers takes that problem out of the equation. Available in colours like neon pink and blue, it comes equipped with a double-wall honeycomb-patterned insulation lining on the inner circumference that maintains the temperature of the liquid. The press-in lid, on the other hand, prevents you from spilling when on the move, or playing sport. Rs 3,000 approx on amazon.in

Track and field star

A swim tracker with a replaceable battery that lasts for six months? Sounds like a good option if you want to measure your lap distance, steps and calories every day. The device also doubles up as a smartwatch by notifying you of calls and texts and setting reminders and alarms, also allowing you to control other handheld devices. At `8,497 on misfit.com

Do the right thong

Ladies, why not add some pizzazz to your beach outfit with a pair of Michael Kors’ Holly Sandals? Perfect for a lazy day out in the beach, these sandals come with a gracefully knotted thong strap, set on a slim cork-patterned sole. What’s more, its fabric comes in a variety of colours such as black, grenadine and optic white, so you can choose the colour to match your outfit. Rs 5,000 onwards approx. Details: nordstrom.com

Flamingo moves

Whether you’re hitting the pool or the sand, a fun beach towel is a requisite. What’s a new bathing suit 
without a quirky towel to match? Featuring a pattern of colourful flamingos against an aqua background, this cotton towel with bright pink borders will ensure that you never blend into the crowd. Rs 12,441. Details: amazon.in

Disc deewane

If you’re a regular visitor at the city’s beaches, you will know that frisbee is a popular sport for people of all ages. So it makes sense to arm yourself with a set of discs of your own. The Beach Flyer by Sun Bum will ensure that you have a fun time with family and friends. At 175 grams, it is light, yet precise in motion. If alone, you can also try Sun Bum’s Paddleball set. Approx Rs 970 and Rs 1,450, respectively. Details: amazon.com

The hat is on

If there’s anything that screams stylish on a beach, it has to be Sensi Studio’s Adrian toquilla straw Panama hat. Wrapped in an emerald and teal ribbon, this hat is woven from toquilla straw, which is extremely durable despite being lightweight and malleable. If blue isn’t your colour, the hat is also available in classic sandy tones, trimmed with a brown grossgrained band. Available in three sizes, it’s perfect to wear by the pool side too.  Rs 12,753 approx. Details: net-a-porter.com

Stares and stripes 

This piece by Victoria’s Secret is made to grab attention. Rock the retro vibe with a high-waist strappy bottom and a midline plunging top from the American lingerie makers. Made of a spandex-polyester mix, this bikini comes in shades of blue, green, coral and rainbow stripes. The halter top features wireless padding and adjustable straps. Rs 7,023. Details: victoriassecret.com