We all need a quick cover-up every once in awhile, whether you forgot to bring a towel to the shower or an aggressive wave made off with your bikini. Keep your home, your office, and your beach bag stocked with foutas. These lightweight cotton numbers originally hail from Turkish baths and can be used as a sarong, a throw, a tablecloth, a scarf, or a surprisingly absorbent beach and bath towel.
How it Works
Handcrafted in Tunisia, these 100 percent cotton foutas are light enough to be crumpled into a tiny ball in your purse and sturdy enough to be machine-washed. Plus, the airiness of foutas’ natural fibers make them just as absorbent as terry cloth (and a lot prettier). Each fouta measures 72 by 40 inches, is decorated in a traditional striped print, and edged with a jaunty fringe.
How to Use
Pick your favorite pattern—the Ines sports cream stripes on a colored background and the Kenza reverses it—in lapis lazuli blue, aqua blue, carnation pink, or mint green. Toss over the back of a chair, spread on a table, or stash in your beach bag for easy access when you need it.