Surf to Turf
Bid one-dimensional beachwear adieu with these functional must-haves. From beach to bar, day to night, sweat or swim, these sustainably produced technical goods don’t skimp on style or comfort.
Taking cues from the golden era of French couture, Amaiò is all about swimwear-meets-ready-to-wear. Suits feature superb tailoring: think mandarin collars, ruched shoulders, and stretch tulle, all meant to get wet. Coined après swim, the pieces incorporate Italian Eurojersey (traditional swimsuit material) alongside textiles like popcorn tulle, pleated French jacquard, and hand-embroidered mesh—fabrics not immediately identifiable as pool ready. Add a flounce skirt, cardigan, or pair of linen shorts and the versatility of each maillot or bikini becomes undeniable. $105–$1,940; amaioofficial.com
What if the warm embrace of a freshly washed beach towel wasn’t gone after a single use? The cadre of surfers behind Beech Brand designed a less odiferous towel with a proprietary antimicrobial technology to prevent the growth of bacteria, fungi, mold, mildew, and algae. This means crisper uses between swim sessions. The dual-strength second edition is thicker than the original 100-percent-cotton design. With microsuede on one side and 100-percent-cotton terry cloth on the other, version 2.0 dries three times faster than most traditional towels. From $25; beechbrand.com
The mesh construction of Lululemon’s metal vent tech 2.0 is designed to transition from the gym to the ocean to dinner in a single day. Eight men’s styles merge fitness with casual wear, from a simple tank and classic tee to a half-zip, relaxed-fit hoodie and a proper polo. The construction combines Spandex to improve shape retention (extremely helpful when wet) with recycled polyester for increased breathability. Firmly cemented in the annals of Lululemon, phrases like moisture-wicking and four-way stretch remain paramount, but with the addition of a cleaner fit and more playful set of color offerings. $68–98; lululemon.com —Alexandra Cheney