Life’s a Beach

Deck Towels
What’s a day (or night) at the beach without some towels? Deck Towels’ middle weight linen offering (from $89) doesn’t let sand or odors stick unlike ordinary cotton towels and they are both fast-drying and more absorbent. The best part is that they get softer after every use.
Available at Know it Nothing, 51 Haji Lane, 6392-5475.

DKNY Jeans
The offshoot of Donna Karen’s luxe brand, DKNY Jeans brings a New Yorker street vibe with its sensibility and attitude. But if you’re looking for something suitable for the beach, check out the brand’s Fall/Winter 2010 collection and you might find some hidden gems among its heavier collections. For the ladies, combine your lacy bikinis with a printed floral ruffle skirt ($190) or go sexier with just the printed floral dress ($230). For the guys, the brand’s range of snug cotton T-shirts ($95) are extremely comfortable for dancing the night away.
Available at DKNY Jeans, #01-05/06 Forum, 583 Orchard Rd., 6732-9727.

Redefining everyday wear, Gap’s stable of tops, pants and dresses are a mainstay in many wardrobes. The brand is known for combining comfort and style whether for work or the great outdoors. Ladies will love the Lorie animal print dress ($79) to bring out that primal party beast in you, while guys should take note of the sturdy and comfortable short sleeve utility shirt ($75), giving them some extra ruggedness in the beach-wear department.
Available at #01-18/23, Wisma Atria, 435 Orchard Rd., 67320438.
The Australian brand is known for their basic and comfortable line centered around impeccable tailoring and simplistic designs. The “Ink Love” T-shirt dress ($299) with its hand-printed design and classic crew neck is made of ultrafine sheer cotton jersey and is perfect for when things start hotting up.
Available at Inhabit the other store, #02-16 Mandarin Gallery, 333A Orchard Rd., 6836-8441.
Sifr Essentials
Singapore menswear label Sifr’s basic line is garnering much-deserved attention. Weighing a mere 110 grams and made of the industry finest pima cotton, their T-shirts ($39, three for $99) are perfect for the beach. Put these on and it’s like you’re wearing nothing at all—trust us, we’ve tried. If you are going for the Cuban-esque look, their 70s throwback button shirt ($139) made of 100 percent Japanese cotton broadcloth and single needle stitching provides a lightweight alternative to the basic tee.
Available at Rockstar: by soon lee, #03-08 Orchard Cineleisure, 8 Grange Rd., 6836-8201 and Know it Nothing, 51 Haji Lane, 6392-5475.

Designed by Singaporean Yu Yilin, Yu,mu,mu is Mandarin for “rain, wood, water” and her collection draws from these natural elements. Each item is available in limited numbers only: Combine the slit vest ($165) or the knit tube ($69) with the brand’s tailored shorts ($99) and turn heads while you frolic down the beach.Available at #P2-30B Parco NextNext, Millenia Walk,
9 Raffles Blvd., 9825-2234.