Packing for beach vacations is often a fuss-free and straightforward process. Very often, just shoving everything into a carry-on will do. You definitely don’t have to worry about lugging an extra winter coat (or maybe two) or five different types of thermal wear. It’s almost like a set checklist of beach essentials. Sunscreen? Important. Travel-sized toiletries? Check. Three different sets of swimwear? You find it almost hard to decide, only because you want to look your best in your travel photos.

Contrary to popular belief, going on a beach vacation doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice on style. You’d still want to look chic and sophisticated while lounging on the coasts of Bali or Phuket, after all. We don’t know about you, but we often seek inspiration from beach babes such as Bali-born model Inka Williams and Australian travel Instagrammer Lauren Bullen for ideas on looking effortlessly stylish while on holiday.

So we’ve put together a non-exhaustive list of gorgeous accessories and swimwear for your next holiday. From a streamlined black one-piece by cult Australian brand Ephemera to Christian Louboutin’s beach bag handcrafted by local artisans in Mexico, check out these chic beach essentials that will help you up your game so your next tropical vacation will look picture-perfect.


Printed Beach Towel, Dolce & Gabbana

It’s time to put away your plain white towels. This cotton beach towel, part of Dolce & Gabbana’s Mambo Spring-Summer 2017 collection, combines Latin and Mediterranean culture with an explosion of colour and prints, and will make you the subject of envy.


Noir Swimsuit, Ephemera

This streamlined piece by Australian cult swimwear label Ephemera is a must-have for every beach lover. The minimalist bare-back design features spaghetti straps that cross from the shoulder down to the waist, with lacing that continues down the lower back showing off deep cut-away lines.


Mexicaba, Christian Louboutin

Handcrafted by local artisans in Mexico using traditional weaving and embroidery methods, this large tote bag is the perfect accessory to your minimalist swimsuit. The Mexicaba features signature Louboutin logo embroidery and spiked leather handles, and is adorned with turquoise and handmade beads.


Yun Caax Fringed Cotton-Gauze Kaftan, Caravana

Every girl needs a stylish cover-up after a day of sunbathing on the beach. This handwoven cotton-gauze kaftan by Caravana is made using high-quality natural fabrics, and honours local Mayan craftsmanship in the Yucatan Peninsula. If you need something to layer over your swimsuit while contributing to a good cause, this is it.


Antillas Beaded Ghillie Sandal, Nordstorm

While we love walking around barefoot on the sand, every beach outfit should have chic footwear to match. This bohemian-chic sandal by Pikolinos is a versatile piece suitable for the city or beach with its beaded cage straps and ghillie-style lacing.


Natural Tanning & Body Oil SPF6, Bali Body

To get a beautiful sun-kissed glow, take Bali Body’s natural tanning and body oil with you. Made from organic, natural and raw ingredients, the plant-based oil provides protection from UV rays while helping you achieve the perfect tan.


Dewi Nurjuwita
Senior Writer
Dewi Nurjuwita is a travel and design writer who can be found exploring the streets of foreign cities with passport in one hand and a cup of coffee in the other.