Making a beach or pool-side escape now that restrictions have eased? Then it’s time to stock your wardrobe with the best summer buys from your fave local stores. Here are nine excellent options for your weekend in the sun.

Designer togs sale from $25

Known for structured silhouettes and sculptural forms, the Dion Lee swim range adds a little runway chic to your beach look. Think Italian matte lycra, corset fit one-piece suits and minimal loop knot bikini tops. Shop online or in store at Emporium. And get in quick, these pieces sell fast! 

Perfect pool slides

Why fiddle with the buckles on a pair of complicated sandals just as you hit the hot sand, when you can flick and go with a pair of pool slides instead? These fun lilac beauties from Husk will brighten up any beach wrap - plus they’re a bargain, on sale for only $20. If you don't catch the sale in time, the old faithful Nike slides are always available from Culture Kings in Hosier Lane.

Two black slide sandals floating in a pool
Nike slides are the king of pool-side sandals

Quirky print swim trunks

Pick up a pair of these palm print men’s swim trunks ahead of your next beach date and you’ll be sure to impress anyone outside of your social distancing bubble. They’re also an excellent stocking stuffer - Christmas is only weeks away! Find them at Monster Threads.

Handcrafted beach basket

Collective Closets isn’t just known for their trademark Shuka prints. This beautiful handcrafted beach basket is made from lightweight palm leaf by craftswomen in Kenya. It’s perfect to house your Mary Poppins-style beach kit - towel, sunscreen, hat, book, and the kitchen sink.

A woman holding a large straw bag
Collective Closets handcrafted basket

Quirky bucket hats from a vintage wonderland

The hat of the upcoming summer season is definitely the bucket hat. And Retrostar Vintage has a brand new range of them, from pop art prints to a hat dedicated to pizza. More subdued fabrics include sweet black and white squiggles and pineapple print looks. Shop the range.

Rare Lazy Oaf swimwear

Lament the long delivery delays on Lazy Oaf attire no longer. Pigeonhole at Emporium now stocks a selection of this cult fave brand. And that includes super cute swimwear, like this chic plant print one-piece. Sure you can grab it online, but our sources tell us there's a much wider selection in store. Plus (for now) it's on sale!

Ultimate luxury sun care set

The one thing you can’t forget this summer is SPF. While you’re slip, slop, slapping, try something a little more luxe and head into Aesop for this sun care duet. It combines their pre-sun Protective Body Lotion with SPF50, and soothing post-sun Petitgrain Reviving Body Gel.

Ethical Melbourne-made swimsuits

Flattering, fun and fully lined? Obus has the floral print swimsuit of your dreams. The thick straps are adjustable to your body shape, and it’s even made of guilt free fabric. These sustainable swimmers use Lycra made from recycled post-consumer materials. Shop the whole New Beginnings range for matching looks.

A woman in a one-piece bathing suit

Easy carry travel towel

If, like us, you struggle to carry everything down to the water from the car, try a chic Seafolly travel towel with a clever shoulder strap for hands free convenience. Perhaps this time you won’t drop the car keys in the sand. Find it in store at Bathing Box.

Statement sunglasses

Why settle for boring black sunnies this summer? These Elk statement sunglasses come in three colour combinations to jazz up any swimsuit. They have an official UV protection rating of 400 to boot.

Last updated on Fri 11 Dec 2020

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