Fashion

21 Of The Coolest Aussie Swimwear Labels To Wear This Summer

By Sammy Preston
22nd Dec 2022

A collage of models in various Australian swimwear brands.

There’s no need to look further than our local waters if you’re wanting to upgrade your swim wardrobe this season. Australia is responsible for launching some of the most hyped swimwear brands in the world. 

Yep, nobody knows how to do the beach or pool better than Aussies do, so here we're spotlighting our most-loved local swimwear 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. 

Keep reading for the best Australian swimwear to wear this summer

Peony 

Price Range: $90 - $290

Peony is our go-to brand for pretty florals, feminine prints, and stylish retro 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. Go for something classic like this seashell white "Holiday" balconette top or this Riviera-ready striped triangle. Shop the full range here

TJ Swim

Price Range: $90 - $180

With perfect construction and flattering shapes, TJ Swim is an Aussie swimwear brand on the up. The brand's latest collection, OASIS, uses a planet-friendly Amni Soul Eco Biodegradable Polyamide and features a series of cool, sophisticated colours like espresso, sage, steely blue, and a light yellow that looks like whipped butter. We especially love their classic but luxurious ribbed triangle top. Shop here

Bond-Eye

Price Range: $80 - $235

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. Shop here

Andie Swim

Price Range: $70 - $185

Designed with every body in mind—Andie Swim's suits are as comfortable as they are flattering. If the thought of hitting the beach in ill-fitting lycra gives you nightmares, Andie is the label for you. Shop classic swim styles in a range of staple colours in sizes XS to XXXL. Andie's fit team is also on hand to answer all your curly questions too. Shop here

Baiia

Price Range: $119 - $270

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

Sir

Price Range: $140 - $280

We love Sir's stunning, ethereal dresses and skirts for feeling like you're forever on holiday. The Australian brand's swimwear is equally as dreamy. 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

Zimmermann

Price Range: $85 - $295

We can hardly talk about Australian swimwear without mentioning Zimmermann. Now one of the most coveted Australian fashion brands the world over, Zimmermann swimwear still stands out as some of the most stylish. From sleek one-pieces with fine chain details to floral bikinis in custom prints, you will stand out from the crowd in Zimmermann. 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 pared-back basics, you’ll be able to find something you love, no matter your budget. Shop here.

Rebecca Vallance

Price Range: $99 - $249

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.  

Form And Fold

Price Range: $80 - $240 

A creative collaboration between two designers (and friends), Form and 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

Sauce Swim

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

Bamba

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, Bamba hits the 90s supermodel vibe bang on. The new season features cute candy stripes and Hawaiian florals to whisk you away to paradise. Shop here.

Christopher Esber

Price Range: $160 - $490

Known (and loved) for his sexy cutouts, Australian designer Christopher Esber launched swimwear in 2021. Constructed with his signature cutouts, ties, and form-flattering shapes—this is a totally elevated line for anyone keen to take their swimwear to the next level this summer. Shop a selection 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. This season, they've added a few pieces in of-the-moment 70s florals, but the gingham in candy pinks, butter yellows, and sky blues are still our faves. Shop here.

Sommer Swim

Price Range: $79 - $149

Crafted from the highest quality Italian Lycra—if you’re looking for timeless yet sexy, barely-there sets, this brand should be on your radar. That, and the time Kendal Jenner is a big fan and a repeat wearer of the brand. Perfect for channeling a Lake Como escape. Shop here.

FELLA

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—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.

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. Alongside their signature earthy tones, this season they've intro'd a sweet bubblegum pink. Shop a selection here.

Palm Swimwear

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.

AEXAE

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.

P.E Nation

Price Range: $149 - $159

P.E Nation'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. 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

To peep some of our sustainable and eco-friendly swimwear, swim over this way

Image credit: Form and Fold | Peoony | Sauce Swim, Peony, Bond-Eye, Andie Swim, Baiia, Jets, Sir, Zimmermann, Cotton On, Rebecca Vallance, Form and Fold, Sauce Swim, Bamba, Christopher Esber, Ephemera, Sommer Swim, FELLA, Bondi Born, Matteau, Palm, AEXAE, P.E Nation

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