When it comes to style investments, a high-quality designer beach towel should be at the top of your list this summer. After all, the responsibilities of a towel go far beyond just drying you off. The perfect beach towel is your flag, planted under an umbrella and next to a cooler full of beer. It’s the banner that guides you back to your friends from afar. It’s got your back when the time calls for relaxation. Herein, we picked seven of this summer’s best—the right one for you is a reflection of your attitude just like any other accessory.
If you’re set on spending the whole day by the water, you might as well weigh anchor. Thom Browne, a designer out of New York better known for his suits, pays homage to the nautical theme with this striped navy beach towel featuring a sketched mud hook graphic. A moderate pile loop throughout makes the breathable cotton feel extra soft.
Luxury meets linen
Linen is a surprisingly soft yet sturdy fabric that absorbs water quickly and dries off in a flash. Frescobol Carioca makes use of the fabric for this striped linen beach towel, which not only won’t catch sand, it actually gets softer every time you wash it. Take it everywhere, use it as a blanket and beat it up—embrace the wrinkles as you personalize it with wear and tear.
For the beach baller
New York urban lifestyle brand Alife dropped this red core towel as part of its 2014 summer collection, proving that simplicity can be a virtue. The multi-purpose towel features a blown-up custom logo print that can be taken anywhere, from the beach and the pool, to the gym and the court, where it can be used to show your softer side thanks to its 100 per cent cotton terry cloth construction.
Be seen with a pop of prints
Ever have trouble finding your towel after a quick dip in the surf? Lacoste’s Crocostripe beach towel features a band of vibrant colours, ensuring that’ll never happen again. Topped off with an oversized version of the company’s crocodile logo, it’ll definitely catch some looks.
West coast style, courtesy of the east coast
Saturdays is a surfer brand based out of New York City, of all places. Artist and creative director Gordon Harrison Hull created a signature print for this lo-fi beach accessory by drawing inspiration from natural forces such as lightning and magnetism and dosing them with a splash of primary colours. The end result is a perfectly minimal and laid-back towel that won’t get mistaken for anybody else’s.
Yes, it’s a camouflage print. No, it won’t make you harder to see. Inspired by performance wear and our favourite urban print, Boris Bidjan Saberi’s 11 collection includes this F-1409 P3 towel that can help you give your beach visit a bit on an edge.
Lie down on the wild side
Perfect for the world traveler, Paris’ ultra-luxed Hermes draws inspiration from the exotic to bring forth this 100 per cent cotton terry cloth towel. It’s emblazoned on both sides with a Bengal tiger, making it conveniently easy to tell people to back off from your spot in the sun.