7 Menswear Essentials For The Beach


August 1, 2017 | BY Benjamin Fitzgerald

Everything you need for a day out in the sun

Sunburn and peeling skin aren’t the only beach faux pas a man can make this summer. The wrong shirt, shorts and even shoes can ruin what’s meant to be a relaxing day by the sea, turning up the heat, but not in a good way.

From flattering fits to cool summer fabrics and on trend colours and prints, here are seven items to make your next trip the beach an easy, breezy—and stylish—affair this season.

Thom Browne sunglasses


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See clearly with a vintage-style shade this summer. New Yorker Thom Browne has crafted these square-frame sunglasses in Japan from quality tortoiseshell acetate. Lightweight and fine, the gold-tone trim adds a slick of luxury to the frame, and tonal brown lenses offer that all-important 100% UV protection.


Paul Smith swim shorts

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Swim shorts should be bold. And these Paul Smith shorts are just the right balance of colour and print. The Briton’s luxury trunks boast a fruity pattern this season, offering micro-watermelon icons on classic black, so it’s subtly sweet. The drawstring waist makes for comfortable fit while the hem cuts at a retro mid-length with pockets for practical purposes. Just be sure to empty them before you hit the waves.


Givenchy slides

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Slip into a pair of luxury slides this summer. A much more chic alternative to flip flops, these Givenchy rubber slides are flexible and comfortable, a podiatric win with the moulded foot beds. In classic black, the slides are stamped with Givenchy Paris in embossed grey lettering. Minimal and masculine.


Lanvin T-Shirt


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Channel the seaside, and seafood, next beach trip, with this Lanvin t-shirt. The stark white tee is fittingly beach-y in a soft cotton-jersey fabric. Clubbed by a winged-lobster in blue marine, the sea creature print is a fun way to show off this season’s return of the logo shirt, and penchant for crustacean and champagne on deck with friends.


Etro shirt


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Layers do indeed work in summer. And linen button ups are the perfect top choice for beach trips. Adding some extra sun protection and depth to your look, this short-sleeve collared shirt from Etro in a floral two-tone blue will elevate your style post-swim; especially, for times found wandering up to the beach bar after a lazy day on the sand.


Loewe bag

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Beach visits require ‘things’: a towel, sunscreen and even a brainless summer read. Pack them all into the Italia-made utilitarian tote from Loewe. The khaki canvas shell makes it a dependable beach bud this summer, surviving the harshness of sun and sand.

It features contrasting tan-brown leather panels and top handles, while a row of silver-tone metal eyelets peep from the front. Store small essentials in the internal zip-fastening pocket, so they’re safely hidden while you swim.


Maison Michel hat


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This Panama hat from Maison Michel is the perfect play on a Cuban night. Handcrafted from sturdy straw, the lilac blue is effervescently seaside and reflects the sun’s rays, under the wide brim for extra shade. Detailed with a grosgrain ribbon trim, you’ll be looking -- and feeling – summer cool, whatever the thermometer’s mercury reads.