Live it up in style with this comprehensive list of summer fashion and accessories. It’s got everything you’ll need – from sun-safe swimwear to beach umbrellas, sunscreen and even the books you should be reading when spread out on this season’s towel.

Find minimalist one-pieces, skimpy bikinis, retro ’50s briefs and ’70s string bottoms. There are also labels specialising in vintage prints (Camp Cover), luxe resort cossies (Zimmerman) and D-plus cup support (The Fold).

Update your beach-laying gear with this contemporary collection. There are some with retro patterns, others with bold prints, some made with terry towelling and also cuddly Sheridan options for the colour-averse. Solaqua is selling elegant linen and cotton towels hand-loomed by artisans in Turkey, and if you’re anti-sand, these could be the answer.

We chatted to pharmaceutical scientist and skincare expert Hannah English to see if she had some tips on choosing the best option in the sea of sunscreens available. And she did – including which ingredients to look for and what works best for oily, sensitive and dry skin.

The style of this season is “big”, with designers channelling 1960s Saint-Tropez Brigitte Bardot. While some labels are releasing hats that almost double as umbrellas, others nod to ’90s nostalgia with zany prints and terry towelling. But beyond floppy bucket hats and wide-brimmed beauties, we also have visors, caps, boaters and fedoras so you can be sun smart whatever your style.

Beach chairs, umbrellas and shelters
There are a few things to consider when buying a beach umbrella or shelter: size; sun-protection credentials; style; and how tricky it is to set up and take down. We’ve rounded up some standouts – from quick pop-up shelters, to a coral-inspired umbrella designed by Ken Done, to luxe ’70s-style beach tents for whiling away a summer’s day. We’ve thrown in a couple of beach chairs, too.

More swimwear brands are jumping on the sun-smart train by reinventing the rashie. The modern update is both practical and stylish and – when paired with denim shorts or linen pants – can be worn straight from beach to bar. Click through to find one-piece wonders, short-sleeve swimmers and long-sleeve loungers.

Slide into summer with these trending sandal styles. Of course there are strappy leather options, but also practical velcro numbers, chunky platforms and fancy thongs.

Tote bags
If you’re doing summer right, you shouldn’t have to haul too much more than a towel and book. These totes will help ease the load. Find washable canvas options, retro macramé sacks and straw bags for swanning about day and night.

And now a good book
Find a bunch of juicy recommendations from some of Australia’s finest independent booksellers – from a funny YA underdog sports tale by a new Aussie talent to a dystopian thriller by an American great.