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The Complete Guide to Beachwear


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In 2019 beachwear is no longer just your average old t-shirt and your baggy swim trunks that continue to make an annual outing every year from your younger days. Think versatile styling, comfort and bold, bright colouring all combined as essential features of any holiday suitcase packing. No longer just exclusively for the beach, summer styling can be functional & versatile whilst remaining on trend and suitable for pool side relaxing, walks down the strip and evening drinks in the hotel bar.

Key Looks & Pieces


Combined with the summer sun and a slight glow of sunburn, these stand out designs and colours make an instant impact that screams holiday. For ‘full holiday mode’ pair with swim shorts and sliders.

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Linen Shirts

Cool and lightweight a linen mix shirt offers the perfect option for evening dining or drinks when the temperatures are only just starting to cool. Plain and simple options in navy or light blue block colours offer versatile and crisp options that can be easily paired with stone chinos or a smart pair of shorts. Complete the outfit with a pair of moccasins or loafers to create an on-trend summer evening look. Shop here for big and tall men’s shirts.

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Swim Shorts

Chances are, despite going for a beach or a pool-day you will still head off to a local taverna or into the hotel’s restaurant for lunch. Therefore, you should aim to choose something that will keep you looking sharp and suitable for more social environments.

Tropical prints are ideal for getting into the full holiday spirit and bright colours will make an instant impact to your look. Explore our printed options of large men’s swim shorts such as the Coral Palm Leaf Print or a longer fitting Board Short.

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Big T-Shirts

For beach outfits, consider low key prints and plain essential big t-shirts when pairing with a patterned or bold colour swim short. A plain crew neck tee or a simple print then offers the opportunity to slip on an linen over shirt for a smarter look for dinner. To get into the summer holiday spirit opt for a bright stand out graphic and slogan print t-shirt such as our Santa Monica T-Shirt.

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Big and Tall Vests

Rule no.1 – don’t forget sunscreen. Cut off sleeves will keep you cool and comfortable and offers an under layer option in the evening. Suitable with any pair of shorts but avoid wearing with smart chino or linen trousers. Stick to the shorts and vest look to make this option work. A plain vest offers versatility, particularly with a printed swim short combination. To stand out, opt for the graphic print such as our tropical Laguna Beach vest below.


To see our full range of essential beach outfits for men and holiday ready items visit our Holiday Shop here.