Life’s a beach!

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Keep your cool as the mercury rises with some of the hottest beachwear trends around, says Amy Norbury.

SUNNY days are here again, and when the temperature rises, it’s off to the beach we go. Whether you’re heading off on a far-flung vacay or making the most of the great British coast, ensure your all-important holiday wardrobe is in tip-top condition.

You may think holidays are all about sun, sea and sand – and you’d be right; but holiday fashion has three S’s all of its own. Swimwear? Check. Sunnies? Check. Sandals? Check! Let’s get packing!

If it’s time to invest in some new holiday staples, the mantra for this season is effortless elegance. Think chic one-pieces under Seventies-style kaftans, or bold bikinis teamed with lightweight co-ords for beach-to-bar style.

Longline beach shirts are perfect as a relaxed cover-up; just add some flat leather sandals, gold jewellery and a wide-brimmed sun hat for a serious style fix.

When it comes to swimwear, a little luxe goes a long way. Look for swimsuits and bikinis with a little something, well, extra. Evoke the glamour of Hollywood’s golden era with an irresistibly chic belted one-piece, or opt for luxurious embellishments such as gold rings and chains if glamour is your top swimwear criteria.

Go for a subtle palette of neutrals and metallics for easy mix-and-match style to get the most out of your swimwear combos.

Crochet is also back in a big way when it comes to beach attire; crocheted swimwear may be better for poolside posing than a dip in the sea, but linen shorts teamed with a crocheted waistcoat makes for a seriously stylish holiday option.

A spacious tote bag in straw or raffia makes for a top beach bag contender; all that’s left is to grab your favourite oversized sunnies and you’re ready for a sun-soaked getaway.