Spring is finally here. And this means warmer weather is on the way, and with it, plenty of sweet, salty, beach days too. If you're ready to begin the search for this year's coolest swimwear, we've got you covered right here.
Responsible for launching some of the most hyped swimwear brands in the world, there’s no need to look further than our local waters if you’re wanting to upgrade your swim wardrobe this season. Yep, nobody knows how to do the beach or pool better than Aussies do—so here we're spotlighting our most-loved local designers. Some of them are big-time and loved by celebrities all over, like Matteau and Sommer Swim. Some are relative newcomers bringing fresh, sustainably-made suits to the front—like Sauce Swim from Sydney. Whatever your vibe, there's definitely something for you.
The new season is all about vintage silhouettes, 80s island holiday vibes, string bikinis if you're game, 70s florals, and all the many and various shades of green, glorious green. Keep reading for the best Australian swimwear to wear this year.
PRICE RANGE: $90 - $290
Our go-to brand for pretty florals, feminine prints, and stylish silhouettes, Peony was designed to inspire confidence. Their entirely recycled and sustainable fabrics will also give you a little something extra to feel good about with every wear. We especially love this season's pretty glistening pistachio colour and this 70s inspired floral. Shop the full range here.
Recently worn by the likes of Lady Gaga, Kim Kardashian, Hailey Bieber, and Kaia Gerber, Bond-Eye is the Aussie swim label on the up and up. Designed and handmade in Aus, each of the pieces is fashioned in original unsized tubular fabric made famous in the 80s. Their latest drop is a collab with Australian model Jessica Gomes, and it's inspired by 80s-era streetwear in candy shades of tie-dye pink and green. We love! Shop here.
PRICE RANGE: $10 - $40
Big ups to Cotton On this season—their entire swimwear range is now made from recycled fabrics. How good! 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 pared-back basics, you’ll be able to find something you love, no matter your budget. Shop here.
If you're looking to get more bang for your buck with your swimmers this summer, you need to suss out Australian swimwear label Baiia. Each of their pieces can be styled in a few different ways—the "Wrapsuit" for example, can be styled up to four different ways, while the Baiia bikini can create six or more looks. Each piece has been made using planet-friendly fabrics too. Winning! Shop here.
Rebecca Vallance Swim
Loved all around the world for her party-perfect dresses, Australian designer Rebecca Vallance celebrated 10 years of her eponymous label with the addition of a stunning, European summer-inspired swimwear edit. In the mix are balconette bikinis and flattering ruched one-pieces in buttery "Limoncello" yellow, lipstick red, and a floral print in sunset shades of orange, mauve, and icy blue. Complete the summer in Positano vibe with matching cover-ups and flowy dresses. Shop here.
Price Range: $50 - $165
Handmade in Sydney, Sauce Swim's costumes are made from regenerated nylon from post-consumer materials that would otherwise end up in the ocean or landfills. The brand regularly collaborates with local artists to create its signature prints—the style above is titled "Selective Energy" by Sydney-based painter James Ettelson. Shop here.
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, Bamba hits the 2021 island holiday vibe bang on. The new season features Hawaiian florals and sunset hues guaranteed to whisk you away to paradise. Shop here.
Known (and loved) for his sexy cut-outs, Australian fashion designer Christopher Esber has given us the gift of swimwear this year—and it is stunning. His pre fall 2021 collection, titled "Lambada Sands" featured bikinis and one-pieces in jewel tones and bright neons, each featuring intriguing ties and the designer's signature flattering cut-outs. A totally elevated line for anyone keen to take their swimwear to the next level this summer. Shop a selection here.
Sir The Label
PRICE RANGE: $90 - $320
We love Sir The Label's stunning dresses and full, flouncy skirts—but the Aussie brand's swimwear is well worth a look too. Expect a mix of classic colours and 70s-inspired florals, across a broad range of elegant fashion-forward silhouettes. These are the perfect pool-side pieces. Shop here.
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. This season, they've added a few pieces in of-the-moment 70s florals, but the gingham in candy pinks and sky blues are still our faves. Shop here.
PRICE RANGE: $79 - $149
Crafted from the highest quality Italian Lycra—flattering cuts, unique colours, and innovative designs set Sommer Swim apart. That, and the time Kendal Jenner wore the label's BAROQUE bikini while holidaying somewhere glamorous. Perfect for channeling a Lake Como escape, if you’re looking for timeless yet sexy, barely-there sets, this brand should be on your radar. Shop here.
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.
PRICE RANGE: $120 - $375
With a focus on elegant and sophisticated cuts, Bondi Born was designed for both form and function—and their one-pieces are some of the most stunning around. Think pared-back and sleek silhouettes, cut and crafted from superior performance materials that feel just as good as they look. If you like to feel (and look) like million dollars when you hit the sand, Bondi Born is for you. Shop here.
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.
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. Alongside their signature earthy tones, this season they've intro'd a sweet bubblegum pink. Shop here.
PRICE RANGE: $95 - $260
Designed and made to order in Western Australia, Palm Swimwear is all about timeless style and design. Ethically made from recycled Italian ECONYL fibres, these swimsuits are created to be worn and enjoyed season after season. Shop here.
PRICE RANGE: $90 - $160
With a celebrity following (think Sofia Richie and Kim Kardashian) and an affordable price point, AEXAE is known for its simple and versatile designs. With endless cuts and styles to choose from your only issue will be deciding which one to add-to-cart. We love the new season Bottega Veneta-inspired green. Shop here.
PRICE RANGE: $149 - $159
P.E's sporty swimwear is all about celebrating the Australian way of life in the summertime. 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 elastane. Shop here.
For more of our favourite sustainable and eco-friendly swimwear—swim over this way.
Image credit: FELLA, Peony, Bond-Eye, Cotton On, Sauce Swim, Bamba, Net-A-Porter, Sir The Label, Ephemera, Sommer Swim, FELLA, Bondi Born, The Fold, Matteau, Palm Swimwear, Aexae Swim, P.E Nation
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