ISSUE 27  |  New Americana

8 Favorites: Best Beach Towels of 2015

July 07, 2015 11:00 AM

BY Margot Guralnick

Enough with the skimpy Turkish fringed foutas. True, they work well as sarongs, but for lounging in the sand and drying off, we prefer towels with a bit more bulk. Classic bands of color, too, please. The good news: Even though July is only just under way, beach towel sale season is now starting.

Above: Made of Japanese cotton terrycloth, the oversize Narrow Stripe Beach Towel from James Perse is available in gray/white and black/white; $225 each.

Above: The Vertical Rugby Stripe Teach Towel from Lands’ End is $19 (down from $29) and comes in 10 color combinations.

Above: Serena and Lily’s take on the Fouta Beach Towel is a combination of flat-weave cotton and terry. Shown here in kelly green and navy, it’s available in five other colorways and is $38 (marked down from $48).

Above: The Belize Stripe Beach Towel in charcoal has one terry loop side and one cotton gauze side; $46 (down from $69) at Restoration Hardware.

Above: The Hudson’s Bay Blanket Company is now applying its signature stripes to beach towels; $40 from Hudson’s Bay. Read about the company’s origins as a trading post and learn where to source the blankets in Object Lessons. Photograph via Camille Styles.

Above: Apolis’s Hand-Loomed Beach Towel is made in Mumbai of Indian cotton lined with terry. Shown here in olive/white, it also comes in navy/white and red/white; $48.

Above: The extra-large GBC Positano Toweling–39 by 71 inches–is made in Portugal for Guideboat Co.; $55.

Above: New York textile design studio Todd Heim Projects specializes in color-blocked Irish linen for use as towels, picnic blankets, tablecloths, and bed covers. This Linen Beach Towel measures 40 by 80 inches and comes in five palettes; $160. Heim also offers twice-as-large striped beach blankets. See some of his designs made in collaboration with Fredericks & Mae in The Ultimate Houseboat in NYC.

A summer house to go with your beach towels? Go to Beach Style for ideas, including 12 Summery Spaces, Horseshoe Crab Decor Included and Ideas to Steal from the Scandi Summer House.

Find your picnic blankets on Gardenista.