Chic and stylish summer beach towels

Packing your summer suitcase? Don't forget your most important accessory.

As the weather warms up, arm yourself with a stylish beach towel — whether poolside, on the beach, in the park, by the lake, or even on your patio (rumour has it there's a heatwave coming our way).

Whether unfurled on white sand beaches or beside infinity pools, these chic and stylish beach towels look as good draped across a sun bed as they do wrapped around your shoulders.

After all, who said you can't be lazy and stylish?Here’s our pick of the best.

David Hockney 'Bigger Splash' Beach Towel, £45, Tate Shop

David Hockney 'Bigger Splash' Beach Towel, £45, Tate Shop

David Hockney's famous 'A Bigger Splash' print for soaking up the biggest splashes.

David Hockney 'Bigger Splash' Beach Towel, £45, Tate Shop

David Hockney 'Bigger Splash' Beach Towel, £45, Tate Shop

David Hockney's famous 'A Bigger Splash' print for soaking up the biggest splashes.

Smolder beach towel, £98, Jonathan Adler

Smolder beach towel, £98, Jonathan Adler

Jonathan Adler's smouldering smoking lips beach towel in his signature red, white and blue is sure to draw envious glances on the beach.

Cabana beach towel, £15, dock&bay

Cabana beach towel, £15, dock&bay

This classic cabana pattern in Ipanema Orange is both stylish and practical. Made from microfibre, it's compact, lightweight, and dries three times faster than a normal cotton towel.

Dog beach towel by David Shrigley, £52 from Trouva

Dog beach towel by David Shrigley, £52 from Trouva

This is art – but for the beach. Featuring a work by Shrigley that was designed exclusively for this very towel.

Lobster beach towel, £40, Ted Baker

Lobster beach towel, £40, Ted Baker

Colourful, playful, and with the words "The World's Your Lobster" emblazoned across the top, this towel ticks a lot of boxes.

Swimmers Towel, £15, John Lewis

Swimmers Towel, £15, John Lewis

Swim into summer with this swimmer print beach towel, perfect for lounging by the pool or taking on a beach holiday.

Pendleton Turquoise Ridge Oversized Jacquard Beach Towel, £63, Coco Bay

Pendleton Turquoise Ridge Oversized Jacquard Beach Towel, £63, Coco Bay

This extra large, multi-coloured, super absorbent towel has a fantastic aztec style in a turquoise, Native American Indian design. Made from supersoft 100% cotton, the towel is sheared on one side for softness and looped on the reverse for extra absorbency. Tick, tick, tick.

Borabora beach towel, £42, Marinette Saint-Tropez

Borabora beach towel, £42, Marinette Saint-Tropez

This palm print in neon shades screams summer. Comes in three other vibrant shades too.

French Bulldog beach towel, £40, Ted Baker

French Bulldog beach towel, £40, Ted Baker

This gorgeous French Bulldog towel from Ted Baker is made from wonderfully soft cotton –sturdy enough to withstand the outdoors and plush enough for a full day of lounging out.

Ice lolly beach towel, £26, Sunnylife

Ice lolly beach towel, £26, Sunnylife

A cheerful reminder to shut off and unwind while soaking up the summer sun.

Hot Tub Club beach towel, £34, ban.do at AMARA

Hot Tub Club beach towel, £34, ban.do at AMARA

We hear new brand ban.do is all the rage this summer, and this Instagram-worthy design is perfect for poolside posing.

Versailles studs beach towel, £98, Jonathan Adler

Versailles studs beach towel, £98, Jonathan Adler

Channel the spirit of Saint Tropez in the 60s, the pinnacle of louche resort glamour, with a Jonathan Adler beach towel in his signature trippy studded pattern in timeless red, white and blue.

Bonifacio beach towel, £32, AMARA

Bonifacio beach towel, £32, AMARA

Made from 100% cotton, this stylish tasseled towelcan double up as a blanket if nights on the beach turn chilly. And the bright pop of the mint green coral print? What's not to love?

Velvet start beach towel, £49, Tommy Hilfiger

Velvet start beach towel, £49, Tommy Hilfiger

Add Tommy Hilfiger’s classic style to your holiday look with this vibrant green velvety velour beach towel.

Tropicana beach towel, £42, Marinette Saint-Tropez

Tropicana beach towel, £42, Marinette Saint-Tropez

Hit the beach in style with this super summery deckchair patterned beach towel.

Lotte Brouwer
Lotte Brouwer

Lotte is the Digital Editor for Livingetc, and has been with the website since its launch. She has a background in online journalism and writing for SEO, with previous editor roles at Good Living, Good Housekeeping, Country & Townhouse, and BBC Good Food among others, as well as her own successful interiors blog. When she's not busy writing or tracking analytics, she's doing up houses, two of which have features in interior design magazines. She's just finished doing up her house in Wimbledon, and is eyeing up Bath for her next project.