In an unfortunate turn of weather, it’s pretty cloudy today… so thinking up what to wear on a beach day out has stretched my imagination to say the least! But like a true Brit, sitting and dreaming about lying on the beach in beautiful sunshine is one of my favourite pastimes.
If I close my eyes and zone out a bit, will the hum of the traffic become the sound of the waves? The overhead fan a gentle sea breeze? The coffee shop bench a reclining sun lounger?
Now where’s my piña colada?!
We’ve done a round up of our favourite swimwear, so here’s our conscious guide to beach accessories…
Stylish Sun Protection
However much we hate to admit it, we still need a bit of shade when on the beach. Unlike the ‘Kiss Me Quick!’ options sold on the promenade, you’ll be able to wear this Pachacuti straw hat for years to come. First, it’s a classic shape that will never date. Second, they are handmade by artisans in a certified fair trade scheme in the Andes. Buy now, wear forever.
Straw Hat, £59.50, Pachacuti at Ethical Collection London
The Perfect Shades
Your eyes need shade too, and these Neo sunglasses from Pala combine a perennially popular style with a modern transparent frame and offer 100% UVA/UVB protection. They also give the gift of sight to others; for each pair purchased, Pala provide glasses to someone who needs them via vision centres and dispensaries in Africa. Win win!
Neo Transparent, £45, Pala
Earrings are the accessory of the summer and with this glass bead pair by Just Trade UK, you’ll get a relaxed boho beach vibe without sacrificing your principles. They’re handmade by women who receive training and fairly paid employment in the Flowering Desert Project in India. And they are called Sea – it would be rude not to wear them!
Temple Bead Earrings – Sea, £6, Just Trade UK
The Ultimate Cover-Up
For the ultimate cover-up on and off the beach, check out Gung-Ho Design’s ‘Wash On Your Mind’ v-neck dress. Easy to slip on and off, both the colour and aquatic theme print are great for near the water. As well as being made with completely organic bamboo sheen, the dress comes with a mini-zine, detailing small ways that you can help our wildlife in the sea – plus £5 from every purchase is donated to a relevant charity. Look good, feel good.
Wash On Your Mind Short V-Neck Dress, £90, Gung-Ho Designs
Ultimate Foot Protection
We wear flip flops on the beach so we don’t burn our feet. While they keep our feet safe, those from ECOALF have had a previous lifetime burning rubber as, unbelievably, they are recycled from used tyres. You’d never realise from the gorgeous range of colours available!
Women’s Flipflops – Mint, £30, ECOALF
The Perfect Beach Bag
Stop your annual search for the perfect beach bag by investing in a vibrant basket made from sustainable materials by senior weavers in Tales of Thread’s women’s collective. The yellow and pink one evokes sand, sunshine and raspberry ripple lollipops! Called Swahili Beach, it’d look just at home on a beach in Somerset or Sardinia.
Swahili Beach sisal basket – yellow and pink, £80.00, Tales of Thread
Beach Bag No.2 (The one for the soggy swimwear)
Want an extra bag to pop your wet swimwear in? Obatala’s tote bag sports a bright geometric pattern created with eco-friendly ink. It’s also suited to year-round use, meaning you can carry happy holiday memories with you once you’re back home!
Passion Tote Bag, £20.00, Obatala at Fashion ComPassion
Fun Beach Towel
As part of their ‘Make It Matter’ campaign, all Marks and Spencer towels are made with cotton that supports the Better Cotton Initiative, which supports responsibly grown cotton. They’ve a choice of stripes, chevron, pineapple and lace prints.
From £9.50, Marks and Spencer
And don’t forget:
Skin Protection Kit!
Coola offer a variety of organic based, cruelty-free sunscreen products, all of which are made from pure plant ingredients. Their organic 4 piece suncare travel kit is the perfect combination of products to keep your skin protected and hydrated in the sun!
From £10.95, Coola at Cult Beauty
So there you have it, a conscious checklist of things you’ll need for a day out at the beach – although other essentials that haven’t been included which are just as important include:plenty of water, a great book, and delicious food – check out of blog post to hear about our favourite conscious snacks of the month!
We’d love to see what you’re packing in your beach bag, so tag @revival.collective on instagram!