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: 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.
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