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Moroccan Beach Towel by John Elliott

Is it too late to feature a beach towel? The answer is yes, but who cares, especially as you could throw it over your shoulders as an extra layer, as the designer chose to style it in his spring collection. Or, you could just admire the pattern, and save it for your next escape to the pool/beach/island.

Purchase Information:

Price: $185.00
Available from: Need Supply

Round Moon Phases Beach Towel

Did you see the eclipse yesterday? That event is the only reason why a round, fringed beach towel is featured today. You’ll most likely never see the likes of it again*; let’s hope that’s not the case of other notable astronomical events.

Purchase Information:

Price: $50.00
Available from: Spring

Archway and Steps Beach Towel 

Not everyone wants to spend $175 on a beach towel, but if you’re exceptionally picky, you just might like the simple motifs on these 100% Irish linen towels. Did you know linen is very absorbent and durable? And that it’s lint-free and gets softer the more you use it? Do you feel a little bit better about the price point now?

Purchase Information:

Price: $175.00
Available from: Pretend Store

Onsen Bath Towels

Do you have slightly musty bath towels? Uh-oh, that means bacteria is growing. Yuck. Don’t worry though, Onsen towels are to the rescue. They have a waffle weave design that is “effortlessly absorbent” and very quick to dry. Made of 100% premium cotton, they are soft and strong, yet surprisingly lightweight. Tempted to refresh your towel collection? Me too.

Purchase Information:

Price: $40.00+
Available from: Kickstarter

Snowe Bath Towels

If you need to refresh your bath towels, you need to look at Snowe’s offerings. I ended up buying their Starter Bathe Bundle last year* and I can honestly say they’re the nicest towels I’ve ever owned. They’re soft and lightweight, and soo much better than the top-of-the-line towels I used to buy from you know where. I am still impressed with the quality, so much so that I ended up buying another towel bundle (plus two bath sheets) from them just now**.

Purchase Information:

Price: $8.00 - 285.00
Available from: Snowe

Cayo Beach Towel

Geez, another modern beach towel? We’re up to our eyeballs here with all the choices, and this one is very tempting price-wise. I guess it doesn’t hurt to have a stack of them ready to go whenever the mood strikes- it is summer, after all. Take note of this tidbit so you can sound smart when you get compliments: this towel is designed by Dee Clements- she was inspired by architectural stained glass from the Arts and Crafts movement.

Purchase Information:

Price: $24.99
Available from: CB2

HE SHE IT Towels by Hay Denmark

Don’t let me hear you complain about the lack of decent beach towels this summer season, because you have quite a few fun designs to choose from. There’s the Dusen Dusen Towels, the Hay Pool Towels, the Fredericks & Mae Linen towels, and, now, these HE SHE IT Towels from Hay Denmark.

Purchase Information:

Price: CAD30.00 - 88.00
Available from: The Modern Shop

Dusen Dusen Towels

Fun! Dusen Dusen Towels are just what you need by the pool or on the beach, as the prints are lively and the colors vivid- just right for the summer sun. Pick your favorite or go crazy and get one to match each of your bathing suits. Now, if they’d just make bathing suits…

Purchase Information:

Price: $80.00
Available from: DWR

Zuzunaga’s Beach Towel Collection

An old, fraying beach towel doesn’t help you look any better, so why not upgrade to one of these smack-you-in-the-face-with-pattern towels by Cristian Zuzunaga? The upside is if you don’t have a spectacular (according to the media) body, the towel will grab people’s attention first (as in, ‘Ooo, who’s that fascinating person with that beach towel?’) and, if you do have a spectacular (according to the media) body, you’ll look like you have good taste (‘Ooo, who’s that hottie with that cool beach towel?’). You get the idea.

Purchase Information:

Price: $120.00
Available from: A+R Store

Linen Towels

There are hundreds of things I could post right now instead of these Linen Towels designed by Fredericks & Mae, but I care about you, your comfort, and your general appearance when you’re at the beach or poolside this Fourth of July weekend.

Now, you can show up with that old beach towel that has sat in the closet since high school, and, hey, maybe you’ll even look cool with your ‘vintage’ towel. However, after you’ve used it once to mop up the salt or chlorine water, you’d best not trust too much in its ability to dry you off a second or third time.

These 100% Irish linen towels are different. Sure, they look pretty amazing with their color stripes, and yes, linen is exceptionally cool and fresh in hot weather, but did you know linen holds around 20 times its weight in water and dries much faster than a normal terry cloth towel? No? Well, you do now. Plus, their size is large enough to double as a decent blanket or wall hanging; you can’t say that for your existing beach/pool towel, now, can you?

Purchase Information:

Price: $300.00
Available from: Fredericks & Mae

Hay Pool Towels

You guessed it, Scholten and Baijings are back again, this time with towels to make sure your design sensibility is not offended while you’re poolside. After all, you wouldn’t want to be caught lounging/swimming without a fun, color blocked, 100% cotton towel made by one of our favorite dynamic duos, would you? No? I didn’t think so.

Purchase Information:

Price: $34.00
Available from: DWR

Missoni Beach Towel Collection

If you’re planning on spending any time at the beach or pool this summer, you might as well add some bright colors to the experience. You’ll certainly be the most fashionable with one of these beach towels, as they are by the well known fashion brand Missoni.

Illo Beach Towel, $144 approx., Buy it here.
Black cotton beach towel with multi-colored squares

Izar Beach Towel, $128 approx.,
Buy it here.
Black cotton beach towel with multi-colored zig-zags

Iuri Beach Towel, $128 approx.,
Buy it here.
Cotton beach towel in multi-colored stripes

Purchase Information:

Price: $128
Availability: Buy Missoni Beach Towel Collection here

Bamboo bath towels

It’s nice when the major retailers start selling renewable products:

“An eco-friendlier bath. Wrap up in a silky blend of 65% bamboo and 35% combed Egyptian cotton. Bamboo yarn absorbs faster than cotton, is softer than cotton, and is naturally antibacterial for hygienic daily use. Not to mention bamboo is grown in a pesticide-free environment.”

•Wide end hem border
•Made with soft, highly absorbent (600 grams), pre-shrunk yarns
•65% bamboo, 35% Egyptian cotton
•Machine wash warm, tumble-dry low

Purchase Information:

Price: $3.95-$24.95
Availability: Buy Bamboo bath towels here

Calvin Klein Towels

I stayed with some friends recently while in NYC and I didn’t realize how pathetically wimpy my towels were until I used theirs. They’re thick and absorbent and what a towel should be. And they’re on sale at Bloomingdales.

Purchase Information:

Price: $6.99-$39.99
Availability: Buy Calvin Klein Towels here

“Less is More” beach towel

If Mies Van Der Rohe were going to the beach, what would he bring to lounge on? I think it would be this beach towel.

I know this is not “season appropriate” but it’s on sale and maybe some of you are planning a nice little holiday trip to a sunny beach somewhere.

Purchase Information:

Price: $21.00
Availability: Buy “Less is More” beach towel here