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LUXE Picks: 10 Beach Essentials For Men & Women

From her hometown of London to her adopted home in Madrid, where she now works as a profesh stylist, confidence coach and yogi, Lou Stokes is someone who knows fashion. Our Madrid resident editor shares 10 beachside essentials for guys and gals in our latest edition of LUXE Picks – get ready to make some serious (and stylish) waves!


Sicily Bag

What’s not to love about these authentic luxury straw coffa bags, handmade in Sicily? I love these bags as they are perfect for the beach or everyday wear and bring life and personality to the simplest of outfits.

credits: Sicily Bag

Mizar & Alcor Towels

Handwoven and hand-dyed by artisans, these lightweight towels are perfect for the beach or poolside and make a stylish wrap too.

credits: Mizar & Alcor Towels

Christian Roth

A go-to luxury eyewear brand of mine, I love Christian Roth as they always do something different from the norm. These stylish and avant-garde tortoiseshell sunglasses are ideal for a chic beach look, and also great for urban life.

(Photo: Courtesy of Christian Roth)
credits: Harvey Nichols

Asn Hats

A premier fashion brand combining luxury and leisure, the Rosalia Hat is one of my beach essentials. Artisanal, elegant and flawless, it’s perfect for a stylish beach look.

credits: Asn Hats

Lisa Marie Fernandez Kaftan 

This hooded kaftan is an effortless and stylish summer piece to throw over your swimwear or wear with some flat sandals.

credits: Lisa Marie Fernandez


Retro Super Future sunglasses

I love these handmade Italian unisex sunnies. They’re easy to wear and a must-have for your next summer getaway. 

credits: Retro Super Future

Borsalino hat

This is an ’80s throwback brought back to life by Borsalino, the oldest Italian luxury hat manufacturer. Top off your beach look while shading your eyes from the sun. 

credits: Borsalino

Birkenstock casual sandal

This Delft sandal with microfibre is a blend of Birkenstock’s iconic design with a sportier approach. It’s perfect for a casual and beach-style look.

credits: Birkenstock

Faherty swim trunks 

Faherty Swim Shorts are inspired by old school Hawaiian prints. and I love this brand as it’s unique, sustainable and emphasises attention to detail. These shorts are the ideal item for the beach or poolside. 

credits: Mr Porter

Printed cotton-blend shirt 

Stay wrinkle-free in these soft cotton shirts. Comfortable for everyday wear, they go from beach to cocktail hour effortlessly. 

credits: Mr Porter

Lou Stokes is a stylist, confidence coach and yogi based in Madrid. A real Londoner at heart, she has lived and worked in various corners of the world from Australia to Asia, Europe and the US. When she isn’t styling clients, talking confidence and mindsets or hosting a retreat, you’ll find her awaiting her next journey at the airport or on her yoga mat for some downtime.

Discover London to Madrid with the fabulously stylish Lou Stokes @byloustokes

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