A little while back, we detailed some of the swimwear brands and looks that Australian men might want to rock this summer. AKA: No Speedos - unless you happen to be saving a life. But there's more to beach cool than just the right swimwear. Below, the six summer essentials every guy should own.
1. The towel: Missoni Hugo beach towel, $310, spenceandlyda.com.au
No one does geometrics like this Italian fashion house and while the motif is undeniably striking, it isn't flashy or ostentatious. Rather, it marks you as a bather who appreciates the finer things in life.
2. The sunglasses: Dolce & Gabbana Urban Essential, $280, sunglasshut.com.au
Stand out from the mirrored lens pack with these smokey grey numbers that hark back to the aviator silhouette. Ideally suited for heart-, oval- or square-shaped faces. In other words, pretty much everyone.
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3. The scent: Tom Ford Neroli Portofino, $298, shop.davidjones.com.au
Direct from the Mediterranean, this floral scent is light enough to be unisex but instantly refreshing. A spray before you leave the sand for cocktails and you're good to go.
4. The headphones: Marley Legend In-Ear Headphones, $159, jbhifi.com.au
Considering the proximity to sunscreen, water, sweat and sand, you might want to leave those expensive Beats at home. These come with braided fabric cables, three drivers in each ear for powerful sound and four ear tip sizes for max comfort.
5. The game: Sunnylife Avalon Beach Paddles, $34.95, sunnylife.com.au
It can get a tad boring just sitting on the sand, so if you want to get moving, this is the activity to consider. Just don't be a douche and take up more space than necessary. You know who you are.
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6. The water bottle: Kor One, $34.94, korwater.com.au
Look past the fact that the manufacturers call this a "hydration vessel" and you'll find a bottle - a perfectly good word BTW - that holds 750ml, is made from BPA-free materials and is ice-cube friendly. As mandatory as sunscreen.