Swimsuit and sunglasses: how to pick your sunshine travel essentials


One thing that’s for certain when you jet off to a sunny destination: sunglasses and a swimsuit are likely to be wardrobe staples. So it’s important to make the right decision about which items to pick. Here are a handful of tips we’ve found useful when choosing swimwear and sunglasses for the family.

Children’s swimwear

Kids’ swimsuits need to be comfortable and, if your kids are likely to be wearing them in a busy place, like a beach or a swimming pool, it helps if they’re in distinctive patterns and colours, so you can easily spot your child if they move a little way from your side. If you’re going to be spending time in the sun, UV protection is important.


Maru swimwear

We love this swimming gear from Maru. Gwen’s over the moon with her glittery farfalla swimsuit, and Austin’s cool credentials have been enhanced by his asymmetric pacer shorts. Both are clorine resistent and give UV protection of 50+. Austin’s shorts have a drawstring waist, for comfort, and Gwen’s swimsuit is front lined, so it doesn’t become see-through when wet. Maru have also now developed a range of recycled swimwear for adults, which you can read about here.

Women’s swimwear

A swimming costume or bikini is often a ‘hero’ piece for a sunshine holiday wardrobe, and so you want it to look good, as well as be flattering for your figure. There are a few things to consider when choosing a swimsuit that’ll make you proud to strut your stuff. Halter-neck tops emphasise the bust and shoulders, while swimsuits cut straight at the top with wide straps and good support can draw attention from boobs. High-cut legs lengthen those pins. Do experiment with colour, too. The standard wisdom is that bright colours are better on darker skin, while those of us with pale skin look best in dark blues or purples. One of my most flattering swimsuits, though, was bright orange, so the rules are often there to be broken.

Good swimwear’s not always easy to find, so it’s worth investing once you find something that suits you. Simply Beach has some gorgeous swimsuits in their new range, for instance.

Lepel London Tidal Wave swimsuit from Simply Beach


Often the first thing people notice about your appearance, sunglasses are an important purchase. It’s important to look for pairs that block at least 99% of UVB rays and at least 95% of UVA rays, to guard against cataracts, burns and cancer. In general, a cotrast between the shape of your face and the frame will look good. For example, if you have a round face, more angular frames will work well, and if your face is more square, a rounder softer frame shape will look good. But, as with the swimwear, do experiment, as you might be surprised.

A hot tip for this summer’s trend in sunglasses is steampunk, like these funky shades:



These retro steampunk sunglasses are from TopTierStyle. If you would like to buy your own, use the coupon code BLOG15 for 15% OFF everything on their website.

How do you pick swimsuits and sunglasses?

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  • Agness of eTramping
    January 18, 2018 at 1:44 pm

    Such a great guide to choosing a perfect swimsuit and glasses, Austin! I will definitely need to reread your post when summer approaches!

    • Nell
      January 18, 2018 at 2:59 pm

      Thank you!


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