Don't be the guy showing up with the ratty bath towel. You know, the worn-out and stained one that's not even good enough for the privacy of your bathroom. Don't go out in public, lay it down and use it as a marker, "Yes, that's my stuff. This sorry-excuse for a towel represents who I am." Okay, so maybe that's taking it a bit far—it's just a piece of terry cloth. But when you think about the thought you put into your swim suit, shouldn't your beach towel be just as attractive and functional? Look for a towel that's big enough (and plush enough) for you to stretch out comfortably and get some sun. We'll be laying out on American Apparel's rugby stripe towels, woven from super soft cotton jacquard by a company in South Carolina that's been keeping things high and dry for years.
$24, at American Apparel