Ready to hit the beach? Hunter-gatherer of the coolest children’s kit, Kid Style Junkie (and mother of twins) Suzanne Peters rounds up her top 10 beach buys for boys and girls, from splash-happy swim shorts to sweet golden girls’ sandals…
Wakey, wakey people: summertime is almost here! And let’s face facts: shopping for beach looks for your kids is a breeze. Everything looks super cute on them as they don’t have the rolls, lumps and bumps us parents have developed – erm, mainly due to them… Those are my frilly-bummed twins. No – I don’t know which is which either! Here’s how to keep your kids looking cool as the temperature rises:
TOP 10 BEACH-HOLIDAY BUYS
1 Whether they like it or not, my kids shall be taking up surfing this summer. If nothing else – just to be able to wear these brilliant wetsuits by Saltskin. Surf’s up! Style’s up!
Zebra shorty wetsuit, sizes XXS to XL (ages 2–12), from £38, Saltskin.________________________________________________________________________
2 These bikini bottoms are perfect for your little girl’s peachy beachy bum!
Capri Island Bikini, sizes 2-6Y, £26, Nice Things Mini at My Little Square.
3 I love these striped pineapple swim shorts by Scotch Shrunk. I’d be making them one of my five-a-day for the holiday for sure!
Swim shorts, sizes 4–16Y, £44, Scotch Shrunk at Selfridges.
4 This pom-pom embroidered basket bag by Rose in April is a super stylish way for them to carry everything but the kitchen sink in (this will probably end up being you, of course) – as one does for a day at the beach!
Basket bag, £32, Rose in April at Molly-Meg.
5 Beach boys love to explore. Keep their tootsies stylish and ouchless with these swim shoes.
Swim shoes, sizes 7 Infant to 1 Junior, £5.99, H&M.________________________________________________________________________
6 Sunglasses are not only a cool look but essential for your kids’ eye health in the strong sun. I am obsessed with these by Sons + Daughters.
Glitter Pink Honey sunglasses, sizes 5–12Y, £57, Sons + Daughters at Childrensalon.
7 These Mini Carl retro aviators totally float my beach-style boat! Part of the amazing OG Mini icons range.
Mini Carl sunglasses, sizes 5–12Y, £95, Oliver Goldsmith.
8 Ruffles on a bikini are perfect for some poolside pretty. Get involved!
Camila Girl Bikini, sizes 3–8Y, £29, La Coquetta.
9 Your little Olympian swimmer will look the part in these vintage-inspired swim shorts.
Olympiad swim shorts, sizes 2–8Y, Bobo Choses at Little Fashion Gallery.
10 The brilliance of these leather sandals is that they can be worn both in and out of the water. Wet and dry style: what’s not to love?!
Salt-Water Original Premium Sandal, sizes 5 Infant to 9 Adult, from £38, Sun-San Sandals.
A bonus accessory can never do any harm; these are a must for any mini stylista’s arm. (Yes – I am a poet too…).
Temporary tattoos, €6, Tattyoo.
So there you go people. You know where to go for stylish holidays thanks to Smith & Family, and now you know how to get your kids looking the part, thanks to Kid Style Junkie. Life’s a beach you know…
Psst… Check out Suzanne’s interview with Smith co-founder Tamara Heber-Percy on Kid Style Junkie.