10/07/2012 12:33 | By Rebecca Bryant, editor, MSN Shopping

Our top 10 beachwear essentials

From sunglasses to get you noticed to oh-so-chic cover-ups, ensure you look ever so stylish while soaking up the rays. Here's our pick of the top 10 beachwear essentials.


 
  
1. Dune Jump T-Bar Sandals, from £60
Stylish and colourful, these Dune Jump T-Bar sandals are perfect attire for the poolside or an evening stroll along the beach. And because they're made out of soft leather, they will not rub your feet. Ensure you look glam day or night on your holiday in these gorgeous magenta, orange and gold T-bar sandals from Dune.
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Dune Jump T-bar Sandals (© Image © Ciao)

2. Resort Shapewear Swimsuit, from £27
Celebrate your curves and flaunt your figure with this sexy secret weapon. This resort shapewear swimsuit features a secret panel to tame your tummy and moulded cups for an extra lift where it counts so you can show off your hourglass figure with confidence. The contrasting classic monochrome palette with a flash of red also adds to the allure of this sensational piece of kit for the beach.
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Resort Shapewear Swimsuit (© Image © Ciao)

3. Valverde Large Nautical Canvas Tote Bag by Pia Rossini, from £22.90
Your everyday Mulberry (or equivalent) may be sizeable enough for city living but when it comes to holiday time, why don't you ditch your piece of leather arm candy for a canvas beachbag? This large Valverde canvas bag is perfect for hitting the beach as it is spacious and comes with internal pockets for stowing away all your valuables. What's more, the on-trend nautical print is a classic and will get you into the holiday mood.
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Nautical Canvas Tote bag (© Image © Ciao)

4. Echo Braided Floppy Women's Hat, £10
There's nothing like a hat to both shade you from the sunshine and add a bit of oomph to your outfit. Channel the 70s with a wide-brimmed straw hat teamed with a kaftan and sandals. Available in several colours including coral and royal blue, you can always find a floppy hat from this Echo range and they will see you through the season and make you stand out from the crowd.
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Echo Braided Floppy Women (© Image © Ciao)

5. Resort All-in-one Strapless Jumpsuit, £25
Swap your usual cover-up for this practical and stylish strapless jumpsuit. With a bandeau-style top and wide-legged trousers, you can wear this leopard-print all-in-one to the beach or for evening drinks. In fact, we could go as far as to say that this versatile jumpsuit is a must-have for your beach wardrobe. Go on, channel your wild side.
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Resort All-in-one Strapless Jumpsuit (© Image © Ciao)

6. AllSaints Prism Lowe Shorts, £45
Show off your pins in a comfy pair of denim cut-offs. These super-short shorts from AllSaints are made from stretchy denim so they will hug your shape. Choose between a bleached denim blue or coral and team them with a T-shirt and pair of sandals for a casual beach look.
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AllSaints Prism Lowe Shorts (© Image © Ciao)

7. Roxy Denim Photoprint Scooter Bikini, £60
If you've got it flaunt it in this understated bikini from Roxy. Featuring a twist bandeau top, which can be worn either strapless or halter-neck, and a pair of good-sized retro-style bottoms, this two piece is made from high-performance polymide with lycra and so will dry fast and also keep its shape for longer. You may balk at the £60 price-tag but this bikini is built to last by one of the best surfwear brands in the business. In other words, it's worth every penny.
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Roxy Denim Photoprint Scooter Bikini (© Image © Ciao)

8. Lauren Cat's Eye Sunglasses, £17
Do an Audrey (as in Hepburn) and protect your peepers in a pair of cats eye shades. This black pair with matching graduated lenses are based on the classic retro style but would be suitable for any occasion. What's more, they come at a purse-friendly £17.
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Lauren Cat's eye sunglasses (© Image © Ciao)

9. George White Kaftan, £6
Keep your cool while the temperatures rise with this cotton kaftan, £6 from George. Featuring a v-neckline and crochet trim, this is fantastic for popping over your bikini or swimsuit on the beach or as a cover-up by the pool.
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George Kaftan (© Image © Ciao)

10. AllSaints Freedom T-Dress, £65
Instead of reaching for your boyfriend's or dad's old T-shirt, why don't you invest in a cool oversized one of your own? This AllSaints Freedom T-dress is made out of 100% cotton and has a hand-appliqued typeface design. Fantastic for the beach and covering your shoulders and chest, this T-shirt dress can also be worn to a festival. Release your inner rock chick in this cool T-shirt dress.
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AllSaints Freedom Tee Dress (© Image © Ciao)

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