Fashion

14 Of The Coolest Aussie Swimwear Labels To Wear This Summer

By Phoebe Youl
4th Dec 2020

A model wearing a purple and white Peony swimsuit.

Summer has finally arrived, and while we’re normally looking to the Scandi, French, or NYC fashion fiends for outfit inspiration, when it comes to summer—and more specifically swimwear—nobody knows how to do the beach or pool better than Aussies do. 

Responsible for launching some of the coolest and most popular swimwear brands around, there’s no need to look further than our local waters if you’re wanting to upgrade your swim wardrobe this season. 

With a spotlight on local designers such as Matteau, Sir The Label, Palm Swimwear, and The Fold, whether you’re looking for a classic silhouette, a trend-led piece, or have sustainability front of mind, there’s an Aussie brand here to suit everyone.

From pared-back aesthetics to 70s-inspired prints, keep reading for the Australian swimwear brands we will be wearing this Summer. 

Peony 

PRICE RANGE: $90 - $290

Our go-to brand for pretty florals, feminine prints, and chic silhouettes, Peony was designed to inspire confidence in the wearer. Their entirely recycled and sustainable fabrics will also give you a little something extra to feel good about with every wear. Shop here

Sir The Label 

PRICE RANGE: $90 - $250

One of our favourite Australian brands, Sir The Label recently expanded into swimwear. Expect a mix of classic colours and bold 70s-inspired prints, these elegant fashion-forward silhouettes are the perfect pool-side pieces. Shop here

P.E Nation

PRICE RANGE: $149 - $169

P.E's brand new swimwear drop is all about celebrating the Australian way with swimwear. That is, from the beach to the pool or the boat, we effortlessly incorporate swimwear into our daily wardrobes in summer—because, let's face it—the chance to plunge into the ocean could pop up at any minute. The collection is also a part of the activewear label's commitment to sustainable fabrics, made from a mix of high-performance recycled nylon and elestane. Shop here

Ephemera

PRICE RANGE: $100 - $330

If you’ve previously spotted a gingham two-piece on your feed, this is the brand that put that style on the (fashion) map. With its cult following and European aesthetic, Ephemera is a summer staple in many a fashion girl's closet. Shop here.

Sommer Swim

PRICE RANGE: $79 - $149

Crafted from the highest quality Italian Lycra, it's flattering cuts, unique colours, and innovative designs that set Sommer Swim apart. That, and the time Kendal Jenner wore the label's BAROQUE bikini while holidaying somewhere glamorous. Perfect for lounging poolside, if you’re looking for timeless yet sexy, barely-there sets, this brand should be on your radar. Shop here.

Fella Swim

PRICE RANGE: $75 - $230

With a focus on uncompromising quality, timeless beauty, and sustainable manufacturing, Fella creates practical and flattering swimwear for every woman. There are almost endless cuts and colours to choose from, so we reckon this line is the perfect choice for those who like to customise their perfect set. Shop here.

Bondi Born

PRICE RANGE: $120 - $375

With a focus on elegant and sophisticated cuts, Bondi Born was designed for both form and function. Think pared-back and sleek silhouettes, cut and crafted from superior performance materials that feel just as good as they look. Shop here.

The Fold Swim

PRICE RANGE: $80 - $240 

A creative collaboration between two designers (and friends), The Fold has been designed with exclusively D+ women in mind. This brand delivers fashionable, flattering, and functional swimwear minus any of the ill-fitting or unsupportive details you may have dealt with in the past. Shop here

Bamba Swim 

PRICE RANGE: $59 - $149

Famously cheeky, 80s-inspired label Bamba Swim (pronounced Bum-ba) was created to celebrate the female form. With its high-rise silhouettes, fun cuts, and bold colours, you’ll be guaranteed to stand out this Summer. Shop here.

Matteau

PRICE RANGE: $135 - $300

For a classically refined and minimal aesthetic, Matteau is the perfect option if you’re looking to add to the foundational pieces of your swimwear wardrobe. Invest in their new-season colourways and cuts and we’ll guarantee you’ll wear them all summer long. Shop here.

Palm Swimwear

PRICE RANGE: $95 - $260

Designed and established in Western Australia, Palm Swimwear is all about timeless style and design. Ethically made from recycled Italian ECONYL fibres and made to order, these swimsuits are created to be worn and enjoyed season after season. Shop here.

Cotton On

PRICE RANGE: $10 - $40

From bikinis to retro-inspired one-pieces, Cotton On’s in-house line is the perfect way to update your swimwear wardrobe without splashing stacks of cash. With a mix of trend-led cuts and paired-back basics, you’ll be able to find something you love, no matter your budget. Shop here.

Ziah 

PRICE RANGE: $149 - $249

Ziah’s philosophy is all about creating conscious swimwear out of quality fabrics. Designed with wearability front of mind, the timeless designs are crafted to be styled both in and out of the water to celebrate and honour the female form. Shop here

Aexae Swim

PRICE RANGE: $90 - $160

With a celebrity following (think Sofia Richie and Kim Kardashian) and an affordable price point, Aexae swim is known for its simple and versatile designs. With endless cuts and styles to choose from your only issues will be deciding which one to add-to-cart. Shop here.

For more of our favourite sustainable and eco-friendly swimwear—swim over this way

Image credit: Peony, Peony, Andie Swim, Sir the Label, P.E Nation, Ephemera, Sommer Swim, Fella, Bondi Born, The Fold, Bamba Swim, Matteau, Palm Swim, Cotton On, Ziah, Aexae Swim

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