Apart from the perfect black bikini, there's one beach-kit essential that will set you apart from the back-packing crowds — a stylish beach towel. We know it can be tempting to just keep 'borrowing' those kiddies sized ones from your mum, or nicking your flatty's when she's out — but trust us when we say that shelling out for one quality, designer-name sand-rug is worth it in the long run. Soft, thick, luxurious 100% cotton is the only way to go, but you can choose your own adventure with graphic prints, classic seas-side stripes or tongue-in-cheek slogans. With this top ten edit, your (beach) bum will be the most stylishly parked on the sand. Guaranteed.
The Essential Wardrobe: 10 of the Best Beach Towels