In order to bid farewell to winter blues, we’ve gathered some of our favorite sunglasses and beach towels in the hue to welcome the warmer months. With both architecturally influenced shades and playful towels, we’re striking a balance between sophisticated and spirited—and, of course, each selection was made with all genders and ages in mind. So say goodbye to your snow-boots and step into the sunshine.
Equal parts round and geometric, Westward Leaning’s Sphinx 01 sunglasses ($275) are super-sharp and glossy. With touches of matte black metal, these sunnies have comfortable blueberry silicone nosepads. Best yet, the company is donating 25% of the proceeds from their spring 2017 collection to the United Nations Foundation.
Kenzo Fauve Beach Towel
While it might not be entirely blue, Kenzo’s mixed print Fauve beach towel ($120) features plenty of the hue. The clashing colors and patterns makes for a playful towel—complete with their familiar zebra-inspired motif. Measuring 102cm by 170cm, it’s made of 100% cotton.
House of Hackney’s Palmeral Towel (£95) is made in collaboration with Feiler in Germany from 100% cotton. With a smoky blue ’70s-influenced palm tree motif and a white border, it’s just kitsch enough without being gimmicky.
US101 B1 Sunglasses
New for this summer and made in collaboration with Song of Style, Gentle Monster’s US101 B1 shades ($260) feature a lens that balances a geometric top with a smooth circular bottom—the result being a little cat’s eye-invoking, a little architectural, and altogether stylish. A matte stainless steel and titanium frame encircles those flat pacific-blue mirrored lenses, which offer 100% UV protection.
Mendoza Trail Towel
A take on traditional ikat weaving, Pendleton’s Mendoza Trail Towel ($50) is gloriously oversized at 40 by 70 inches. Made from 100% cotton, it’s velour on one side and looped on the other—the former is soft and the latter offers plenty of absorption. The indigo and sky blue color combination will look at home on the beach, and its large size means it could be big enough for two.
Silver and navy blue, Kaleos’ stainless steel and acetate Deckard Sunglasses ($270) feature an eye-catching cut-out section. Thick arms make for comfortable wear, and while they come with stylish silver moulded nose pads, an extra set of clear ones offers even greater comfort.
Blending an architectural shape with the classic aviator, these rose gold and blue Bond sunglasses ($276) by Haze will make your surroundings look extra vibey. Crafted from titanium, and with mirror lenses, they offer 100% UV protection—and look super-sharp at the same time.
This Working Girls beach towel ($60) is reversible and retro-vibed. Designed to look a little like a pool itself (tiles on the border, and body parts inside) it’s also tinged with an early computer graphics style. Made in the USA from 95% cotton and 5% polyester, the towel is primarily pink on one side and navy on the other, so it can be flipped depending on your mood or pool fashion.
Certainly a dramatic design, Thierry Lasry’s Wavvvy Sunglasses ($580) have an ’80s vibe but are quite contemporary at the same time. Handmade in France from transparent blue acetate, they also have touches of white and pale pink. They’re a super-bold take on the cat-eye shape and offer 100% UV protection.
Designed by Natalie Du Pasquier for Hay, the It Towel ($33) has a distinct retro-influence—reminiscent of bubble lettering. Measuring 90 by 170cm, it’s made of 100% cotton and promises to be a trusty beach companion.
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