When it comes to going on holiday or just visiting one of the many beaches the UK has to offer, I'm prone to stocking up on enough swimwear to rival the Love Island contestants. (And I'm sure I'm not alone.) But beachwear? I'm stumped. Yet it's almost a necessity as you're guaranteed to get cold at some point and wish you'd brought more than a towel to cover up. That's where affordable supermarket beachwearcomes in.
Cheap enough to not worry too much if you get it ruined but not so cheap that any sense of style ends up being sacrificed, the beach-appropriate designs offered by the likes of Tesco, Asda, and Sainsbury's are super easy to style.
There's the obvious cover-ups in the form of kaftans, kimonos, and cute summer dresses. But supermarkets are also offering a dose of nostalgia that'll transport you straight back to your teenage holidays. Think sarong skirts (remember those?) and printed shorts.
Once you've got the clothes side sorted, you'll obviously need to buy a few accessories next. Whether it's a huge straw hat, a beach bag big enough for all your essentials, or cheap as chips flip flops, your local supermarket has it all.
Unfortunately, while you can no longer buy Tesco's F&F range online, it is still available in stores across the UK, so dig in. Here are the best beachwear bits on offer right now.
Celebrities may be wearing those ridiculously big straw hats but let's be honest, they're just not practical. This will protect your head from the blinding sun and make for a few nice Instagram photos. Job done.
This has everything you'd ever want in a beach bag. It's made of plastic so was essentially made to get wet, has a removable strap so you can style it however you like, and has a floral inner compartment that can be removed to become your new favourite clutch bag.
You may have thought that sarong skirts died a slow and painful death a few years ago, but I am here to tell you that they are back with a vengeance. This sheer black style comes with a tie on the side so you can whip it on and off with ease.
Visors are back in a big way this year. This straw version comes complete with a velcro fastening to ensure a good fit and elasticated drawstring so you can pack it in your suitcase without any bother.
And if you're a person who's heavily into bright colours, you can do no wrong with this aqua blue design.
If one thing's clear, it's that supermarkets are poised and ready to take over from the high street brands who aren't delivering. I mean, I don't even have a holiday booked for this year and I'm already itching to snap some of these up.