15 Beach Towels You Need Before Memorial Day Weekend

These will keep you on-trend all summer long.

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With Memorial Day right around the corner, it's time to start getting your summer essentials ready. Ditch those shabby beach towels that have seen better days, and upgrade your sunbathing game this year with the help of a truly stylish alternative. Whether you're relaxing in your backyard, lounging on the beach or drying off after a dip in the pool, one thing's for sure, you'll need a reliable towel.

Beach towels don't just need to serve their basic function, they can add some style to your summer, too. Snapshots for your social media feed are guaranteed to get even more love with the addition of some statement towels. From oversized classics to trendy round options, you're sure to find the perfect fit in this list of summery must-haves.

1: Nautical Pineapple

Mixing prints is ultra trendy and looks perfect on this round towel. Classic nautical stripes, bright pineapples and fringed edges put this option at the top of our list for beach season this year. Kicking back and sipping on a fruity drink would be amazing while basking on this pick.

$59.95; nordstrom.com

2: Summer Cotton

If you’re obsessing over pastels, this is the find for you. This classic towel is the ideal choice for laying out and catching some rays. Its lightweight cotton and absorbent terrycloth will keep you comfortable on even the hottest of days. Hot sun in the sky and humidity in the air? Not a problem for this gem.

3: Beach Day

If you close your eyes and picture a beach towel laid out on the sand, something very similar to this towel will probably be what pops into your head. This cute option represents all of our favorite summer cliches: bathing suits, big sunglasses, books, flip flops and bottles of sunscreen. There’s no way laying this out by the shore won’t bring a smile to your face.

4: Giant Beach Towel

There are many reasons to obsess over this adorable summer essential. The fun shade of purple, bold text and huge size of this one will make any of your old towels look subpar. All of your pool party photos are about to get even cuter with the help of this playful terrycloth towel.  

$38; bando.com

5: Southwest Style

Desert-inspired decor and southwest style are both still having a major moment, and you can bring this aesthetic to the beach with you, too. The classic Pendleton pattern is summer-ready thanks to the pairing of sunset colors with ocean blue hues.

6: All Smiles

Black may not necessarily be what comes to mind when you’re thinking about your outdoor setup, but this smiley face towel is extra cute. Save this option for when you’re chilly after a quick dip in the ocean. Taking a walk with this around your shoulders is definitely going to be a crowd pleaser.

$26; asos.com

7: Beach Candy

If you have never experienced a Turkish towel, make sure you try one out this season. The cotton is thin enough that this stunner can be used as an absorbent towel, a scarf or a sarong. All of those options and still chic — a complete win, win.

8: Printed Palm Leaves

Plant prints are popping up on home decor from pillows to wall art, and now you can bring this fun pattern to your outdoor space as well. These oversized palm leaves in a dark green hue will be the perfect contrast to a beachy backdrop.

$9.89; target.com

9: Surf, Sand and Love

This towel speaks for itself. After months of dreary weather, summertime is welcomed with open arms. The bright colors, positive message and design of this towel make it a must for the warm-weather months. Spending a day seaside with this will only make your leisure-filled days even more relaxing.

10: Neon Stripes

Bronzed skin, sandy beaches and bright blue skies go perfectly with something that has so many neon colors. Let us introduce you to this fantastic striped number. This beauty features 16 different colors and will give any standard pool chair an instant facelift.

11: Bold Pineapple

Who says pineapples have to be yellow? This modern twist on a long-time favorite is super bold and super stylish. Ever have a problem remembering where you sat on the beach? This bright towel laying out will help you find your way back to your spot (and your snack filled cooler!). It’s cotton with a velour front to make sure your sun-induced afternoon naps are extra cozy.

$9.89; target.com

12: Beach and Picnic Blanket

If you’re looking for the perfect blanket to fit a few people, some great food and maybe a card game or two, you need this clever blanket. This big, bright blanket easily folds up and slips right back into its own bag. Easy and adorable? Yes, please!

13: High Style

Sometimes you just want to feel like you’re nestled amongst the seaside cliffs in a chic European city, and this towel definitely brings those vibes. Claim your spot for the day with this stylish “reserved” pick. Everybody will get the message that you mean business about your relaxation time.

14: Unicorn Realness

The unicorn trend has been everywhere lately, so why not keep it going strong? While this isn’t as bright and sparkly as some of the other pieces we’ve seen, it’s still a cheeky statement that will look perfect poolside.

$40; asos.com

15: Classic Choice

While trendy and bold are good choices for sunny necessities, going classic is sometimes the right move. This patterned textile comes in four different color options, but choosing one is definitely going to be a challenge. The fun tassel accents make this towel an instant favorite in our book.

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