Getting ready for your summer holiday can sometimes be enough to, well, make you feel like you need a holiday. You have to arrange your flights, find someone to feed the cat, and pack your suitcase full of suitable but stylish holiday clothes.
It can be tempting just to dig out your old, worn-out two piece from the bottom drawer - after all, preparing yourself to look good on the beach can feel intimidating. That's why we've put together these top tips for 2013 beach wear fashion and accessories - you'll not only feel comfortable but stylish and ready to concentrate on the more important things like relaxation!
1. High waist
The 50’s are still in fashion and high-waisted two-pieces are everywhere this season - brilliant news for those of us who are addicted to all things vintage. Channel your 50's pin up and flatter your curves with a high-waisted bikini bottom and bandeau-style top like those we sell here at Simply Beach.
They've been around for a while, but the trend for cut-out beach wear is holding strong. Even those of us who are a little scared of flaunting the flesh in our least favourite areas are catered for - there's now a cut-out design to suit every body shape.
Cross-front one-piece tops are a smart variation on this trend, with the X creating a cut out in the middle ribs and just under the bra strap - a very flattering shape on apple- and pear-shaped body types.
The beach is a great chance to embrace the trend for bold prints. Aztec, patchwork, floral, animal print or full on tropical - you can go as crazy as you like and still be in style.
If you want to really take it to the next level, buy a few sets and mix them up!
4. Jazzy jewellery
The number one trend in 2013 accessories is statement jewellery. You can wear this with an understated two-piece or a vibrant patterned swimsuit if you want to channel trend #3 as well!
Worried about getting a tan line? Mix it up with a different item of jewellery each day or some daring drop-down earrings - just don't forget to take them off before you hit the water!
5. Statement sunglasses
2013 is all about making a statement with your accessories - and this most definitely includes sunglasses. Don't hide behind those plain-Jane frames - for something so sensible, sunglasses can be so much fun!
This season, we're finally over the trend for oversized sunglasses that dominated the last decade. We've now gone back to the 90s which was the last time these round Lennon-like specs were en vogue. Even keeping within this trend, the choice is yours whether the stick with round black frames or a funky purple, green or electric blue statement. Take it to the next level with patterns, jewels or extra adornments - the perfect excuse to jazz up your beach style.
So there you have it. Whether you are booking the bus to Brighton, flights to Tenerife with Thomson or the Inter-rail to the South of France, you know what to pack to be prepared to truly relax when you get there.