Have you begun packing your beach bag? Don't forget to add beachwear to the SPF and that book you've been saving for your holiday read. Who wants to struggle with fussy clothes when you're about to flop down onto the sand? Women's beachwear has to be something you can slip on and off in a second. We're thinking something from Spree's range of beach dresses, boardshorts and leggings. In fashion terms, beachwear is what you need to dash through the hotel lobby to the pool, escape to the beach bar for cocktails as you enjoy the sunset or to the ice-cream stand to escape the midday sun. A beach dress is your most feminine option. Lightweight summer fabrics and a dazzling array of prints to choose from mean that you can wear them as a weekend casual dress with confidence, even when going to the beach is not on the cards. Beach dresses are designed to show off a pair of suntanned legs and are best accessorized with beach hair, slip-slops and a sun hat. Sportier beachwear includes boardshorts and leggings. Boardshorts have the added bonus of not being afraid of water so you can dash straight into the waves or hop on your surfboard without taking them off. This is a particularly good idea if your bikini bottom is a tad skimpy and may not be up surfing or bodyboarding. Leggings, on the other hand, may seem like an odd choice as beachwear but you will be convinced once you've seen the slimming effect of teaming a pair of leggings and a one-piece in the same colour. Leggings and a bikini has a youthful footloose and fancy-free appeal that is bound to put a skip in your step as you traipse down to the water. So, yes, women's beachwear is a must – using a beach towel as a wrap is reserved for under-12s.