Summer holidays are nearly upon us! In sunny South Africa that means the annual migration to one of our many stunning beaches. Of course, we need to look our fashionable best while soaking up the sun so we’ve done some beachwear shopping for you. From finding the perfect swimsuit for your body shape, gorgeous kaftans and cover-ups to cute beach bags and towels, we’ve got you covered! Simply click to shop.




IF: You have loads of cleavage.

YOU NEED TO: Look for a little extra bust support and coverage.

AVOID: Frills, flounces, ruffles or embellishments on top if you don’t wish to draw any added attention to your already gorgeous and substantial cleavage.

LOOK FOR: Support, so bra-style tops with underwire and adjustable straps are ideal. Molded cups and wide straps also help provide additional support.


1. Top: Moontide Long Line Tri Bikini Top Navy, R920 (Spree). BUY Bottom: Ruched Side Hipster Bikini Bottom Navy, R620 (Spree). BUY

2. Top: Billabong Babetown Fixed Tri Top Black (suitable for D/DD busts), R699 (Spree). BUY Bottom: Billabong Babetown Lowrider Pants Black, R379 (Spree). BUY 

3. Top: Billabong Sol Searcher Bustier Top Black (suitable for D/DD busts), R599 (Spree). BUY Bottom: Billabong Sol Searcher Lowrider Bottoms Black, R249. BUY (Spree).

4. Moontide Denim Bohemia Underwire Balconette One Piece Multi (suitable for C/D cup size), R1799 (Zando). BUY



IF: You’re curvy at the hips and thighs and smaller on top.

YOU NEED TO: Balance your proportions, draw the eyes upwards and get the coverage you need for your bottom half.

AVOID: Boy shorts or thick-banded bottoms which can cause unwanted bulges. The extra fabric also calls attention to the area you’re trying to mask.

LOOK FOR: Plunging necklines or eye-catching tops to draw the eye upward, minimising the bottom. Belted bottoms or waists are great for drawing attention to a smaller waist.


1. Royal T Tropical Aztec Tankini Multi, R499 (Zando). BUY

2. New Look Frill Trim Bardot Neck Swimsuit Black, R529 (Zando). BUY

3. Seafolly Resist me deep V maillot (suitable for A-C cup sizes), R1899 (Choose me). BUY

4. BluBlu Swimwear Bella stripe full costume, R999 (Choose Me). BUY



IF: You have a tummy or mushroom top that you want to hide.

YOU NEED TO: Disguise and flatten the tummy while cinching in the waist.

AVOID: Bikinis.

LOOK FOR: Panels to smooth and support. Mesh liner. Empire lines.


1. Seafolly Gathered Wrap Front Maillot Black, R1899 (Zando). BUY

2. Seafolly twist halter maillot, R1899 (Choose Me). BUY

3. Milea Spinnaker bandeau maillot, R2599 (Choose Me). BUY

4. Jacqueline Swimdress Black, R599 (Spree). BUY



IF: You have a non-curvy boyish figure with narrow hips and a smaller bust.

YOU NEED TO: Emphasize your waist and bust to create the illusion of curves.

AVOID: Bandeau style tops that go straight across the bust.

LOOK FOR: Tops with busy prints, ruffles or embellishments. Triangle and halter tops and monokini’s are also good for you.


1. Top: Lalesso Kuzamisha Bikini Top Mid Pink, R1060 (Spree). BUY  Bottom: Lalesso Kamba Bikini Bottoms Mid Pink, R910 (Spree). BUY

2. Sun Love Crochet Monokini Black, R469 (Spree). BUY

3. Top: Billabong Sun Temples Fixed Tri Top Black, R999 (Spree) BUY Bottom: Biarritz Bottoms Black, R449 (Spree). BUY

4. My Scattered Heart Tribal Monkini Multi-colour, R829 (Spree). BUY



IF: Proportionally you’re smaller on top with an A or B bra cup size.

YOU NEED TO: Enhance your boobs and bring proportion by accentuating your top half.

AVOID: Flattening boob-tube tops without padding.

LOOK FOR: Accentuating frills, ruffles and embellishments on top. You’re lucky because you can look for styles with less coverage so chic deep plunging V-necks look great on you. Triangle tops create the illusion of curves. Bra tops and padded push-up tops offer extra lift and can create cleavage.


1. Piha Garden Delight Deep V Halter One Piece Suit Multi, R1239 (Zando). BUY

2. Vero Moda Ella One Piece Swimsuit Red, R699 (Spree). BUY

3. Top:Billabong Turkish Delight Bra Top Pale Pink, R699 (Spree) BUY Bottom: Lowrider Bottoms, R449 (Spree). BUY

4. Top:All About Eve Eve Balconette Bra Black, R469 (Spree) BUY Bottom:All About Eve high waisted bottoms, R320 (Spree). BUY



IF: You have fuller hips with a larger bust.

YOU NEED TO: Enhance your boobs and bring proportion by accentuating your top half.

AVOID: Horizontal striped patters that widen. Hipsters or boy shorts that widen the hips as well as thin-stringed bottoms.

LOOK FOR: Styles that fit and support the top and bottom and draw attention to your best featured. Try halter or constructed tops and one-piece suits with lycra spandex.


1. Moontide Underwire Plunge One Piece Mid Green, R1,299 (Spree) BUY

2. Granadilla Minimal Open Back One Piece Stripes, R890 (Granadilla). BUY

3. Khongboon Lapovo One Piece Red, R1409 (Zando). BUY

4. Lalesso Mwisho Swimsuit Multi-colour, R1970 (Spree) BUY



Add a glamorous touch to your beachwear with a gorgeous kaftan or kimono. Look no further than proudly South African brands, Lalesso and Ruff Tung for super elegant kaftans and summer dresses in floaty fabrics. We’ve featured (and shopped) a number of their items. A worthwhile investment for a gorgeous statement resort wear piece.


1. Ruff Tung Grecian Kaftan Black, R1999 (Spree). BUY

2. Lalesso Treni Kimono Multi-colour, R2490 (Spree). BUY


Woolworths also has a nice assortment of budget friendly beach kaftans at the moment. Here are some of our favourite.

1. Witchery Resort Print Kaftan, R699. BUY

2. Foil Foliage Tassel Wrap, R260. BUY

3. Animal Print Kaftan, R230. BUY

4. Aztec Tassel Fringe Wrap, R299. BUY


If you prefer something either a little more casual or to provide more cover, try one of these cute but still stylish cover-ups.


1. Moontide V-neck Cover Up Black, R529 (Spree) BUY

2. Lalesso Furaha Dress, R2600 (Lalesso) BUY

3. Top: Billabong Starstruck Multi-colour top, R699 (Spree) BUY Bottom: Billabong Starstruck Multi-colour shorts, R499 (Spree). BUY

4. Seafolly Boyfriend beach shirt cover up, R1399 (Choose Me). BUY



You can never have too many beach bags – here are some cute, inexpensive bags you won’t mind dragging to the beach.

 Beach bags

1. Roxy Sunseeker Beach Bag Multi, R549 (Zando) BUY

2. Roxy Sunseeker Beach Bag White Multi, R 549 (Zando) BUY

3. Uzwelo Custom Beach Bag The Tropical R310 (Uzwelo Bags), R310. BUY

4. Emthunzini Hats Gilly Bag, R536. (Emthunzini Hats) BUY



Although we do enjoy the beach, we find that the sand and wind can be a bit pesky at times and spoil the vibe. Here are some beach accessories that help protect us and make our day on the beach a little more comfortable. We also had to share some adorably fun beach towels that are in our beach bags this summer.

 Beach accessories

1. La Sea – Beach Pillow Hibiscus, R70 (Pollywog). BUY

2. Beachyheads Beach Mat blue polka dot, R1299 (Beachyheads). Measures 1,75×1,4 metres with 6 eyelets for sand pegs. BUY

3. These useful windbreaks are great to provide some shelter from wind and sand blowing about. Chill Winstan Windbreak, R999 (Chill Wanstan) BUY


Beach towels 

1. Granadilla Sharks Baby Blue Beach Towel, R 700 (Granadilla). BUY

2. Granadilla Crayfish Baby Blue Beach Towel, R700 (Granadilla). BUY

3. Royal T Pineapple Print Polyester Beach Throw Yellow, R379 (Zando). BUY

4. Royal T Watermelon Print Polyester Beach Throw Multi, R379 (Zando). BUY


Of course, we shouldn’t have to remind you to remember the umbrella, hat and sunscreen! Be sure to read our post, Five Facts About Sunscreen You Need To Know.  We’ve also provided you with some natural, non-toxic sunscreen suggestions here.


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