Hi, yes, it's me—the girl who has been quarantining in South Florida for four months and counting and has been to the beach approximately once. As much as we'd all love to spend our summer days on the sand enjoying the ocean breeze on our face, it's important to make sure we're only heading towards the water if we're able to take the proper precautions (i.e. social distancing and wearing a mask) to do so. For those of you planning to head to the beach safely, make sure to bring an Instagram-approved beach towel like one of these picks, ahead, that will help bring a tiny sense of normalcy to your life. After all, did you really go to the beach if you didn't post a picture of yourself on the 'gram?
The Cancers in your life absolutely need this gorgeous towel from artist Tabitha Brown of The Pairabirds, equipped with the sign's crab symbol and a vase on top of books that signals where they really want to be: home.
You may not be in St. Barths, but it sure does feel like it when you whip out this towel from travel photographer Gray Malin, who's known to transform his gorgeous prints into items like vanity trays, luggage tags, and passports.
Chromat not only sells inclusive swimwear, but the brand also has chic towels like this one that'll instantly transport you to the water.
Tanning for hours feels like a dream on this bright striped towel made out of thick cotton.
For a pretty and affordable option, shop this striped towel from Target that feels instantly calming upon first glance.
Towel or fancy rug that belongs in your living room? Either way, it was made for the 'gram.
What's more meta than reading Beloved at the beach while sitting on a Toni Morrison towel?
Feel like you're on a staycation thanks to Serena & Lily's pastel Capri beach towel, designed with dainty fringe detailing on both ends.
Get the (socially-distant) party started with this Sunnylife x Absolut Elyx cotton towel that can basically double as a thick blanket.
For a more non-traditional pick, Roxy's (yes, that Roxy from your elementary school days) round "happiness comes in waves" towel radiates all of the good vibes.
Alexa, play "Watermelon Sugar."
Artist Tabitha Brown of The Pairabirds' work is too good not to include another towel of hers. This pick is channeling the love and light we could all use right now.
Martha's Vineyard will have to wait, but you can recreate a trip to Cape Cod starting with this customizable rugby stripe towel from Lands' End.
2005 or 2020? If you're too lazy to tie-dye your own towel while in quarantine, this Chinatown Market x Smiley collab has you covered.
Luxury lovers will appreciate Tory Burch's oversized, super-absorbent, reversible towel perfected with fringe on both ends. It's also available in navy, green, light blue, yellow, and pink.
So long Pride Month—it's officially Pride Summer. Celebrate with this West Elm organic rainbow beach towel.
Go back to the basics with this lightweight black-and-white striped towel from Snowe that's apparently "wider than a twin bed." It would make for an ideal beach blanket to doze off on—just don't forget your sunscreen!
A retro fringed beach towel that screams summer? We love to see it.
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