Stylish summer looks on a shoestring in Kiama

Looking stylish on your beach holiday doesn’t have to break the bank. We’ve rounded up the best ways to make a chic statement on the sand – and save money for a cocktail or two afterwards.

Summer sidekicks

Chances are you’ve already got a pair of sunglasses, so adding a new hat is a great way to be both sunsmart and update your look. Take your pick from a wide-brimmed straw hat for full coverage, or follow Jennifer Aniston’s lead and add a cap to your updo to keep your face shielded from the sun. As for your bag, if you’ve already got a tote you can do some quick pre-sand DIY to give it a personality overhaul. Simply tie a colourful scarf around the handle for a mini makeover, and you’re ready to stroll the town.

Versatile designs

A little forward-planning can help you get maximum output from your outfits. When buying new items, invest in pieces that have beach-to-bar versatility. For example, instead of thongs, opt for tan or black sandals. Rather than a simple beach kimono, go for a light wrap dress that wouldn’t look out of place at a post-beach dinner date.

Instant update

If you’re tired of your swimwear, consider buying mix and match designs. You’ll not only feel fresh and fabulous when you debut them on the beach, but you can also keep your older styles in rotation. Choose a range of patterns and block colours that you love and get creative with new combinations. Stroll the beach and be noticed.

Classic choice

Sure, it’s tempting to pick up a few of the latest looks. But to really save cash, choosing timeless designs is going to see you through many more beach holidays. Pick pretty classic prints, styles that fit well and designs you genuinely love and can see yourself wearing for years to come along Kendalls Beach.

Accessory necessity

If there’s only one thing you can afford to buy this year, make it a sarong. With this clever piece of material you will not only have a beach cover-up but also a towel, dress, skirt and shrug. Choose a design and material that you adore, and revel in the amount of uses you get out of it.

Add confidence

We’re going to let you in on the secret of how to get a beach body… First you have a body, then you take it to the beach. It’s time to embrace the shape you’ve been given and arm yourself with a big smile on the sand this year. After all, confidence is always going to be your best beach accessory.