Bikini season is fast approaching and if you’re anything like us, a Vitamin D fiends, who wears their kini’s under regular clothes, prepared for any beach opportunity, then allow us to provide you with a few of our go-to brands for on-trend but durable bikinis for the hot summer ahead.
Triangl has boomed over the last few years and is renowned for its neoprene fabric, colour-blocked designs. Dare we say, Triangl were one of the first brands to break tradition when they released their collection of oddly matched bikini pairs. This season’s collection sees them branching out from their classic designs and balancing pastels with tie-dye and floral prints in their classic triangle and bandeau styles. Other brands such as Target, Bra’s N Things and even Victoria’s Secret have attempted to replicate their styles on many occasions, with the loved up, Australian designers only feeling flattery from the mimics.
Marysia’s collections are the ones we get most excited about. The sweet, scalloped edged swimwear styles are consistent throughout each collection and represent cute, feminine appeal. This season, the Polish designer and former ballerina, Marysia Dobrzanska Reeves, has edged up her pieces with shoe-like-lacing on bandeau bikini tops and one-piece swimsuits, matched with an icecream colour palette to aid the femininity. She has also included a number of sleek, black styles with minimal, yet effective detailing. Marysia is favoured by the likes of Megan Fox, Elsa Hosk and Rachel Bilson who have all been spotted in the classic scalloped styles.
Minimale Animale flaunts the ‘less is more’ look perfectly – hence the name. Their minimalistic designs are the epitome of the brand, however each season includes an updated style. The introduction of their Bandit Brief gave the classic style brief an update with an additional band at the waist, creating a spider affect on the hip. Minimale Animale have again included the Bandit Brief in their Spring 2016 collection while incorporating studs, stars and mesh. Their classic ribbed fabric and little-to-no padding has become an Instagram sensation that many other brands have replicated. Minimale Animale has caught the eye of the Kardashian family who are regularly photographed wearing the brand and their unique one-pieces are often used in many fashion editorials and photoshoots.
The Wolf Gang
The Wolf Gang, a label out of Adelaide, is inspired by the designer’s love of travel that has exposed her to diverse and exotic garments, architecture, art and food. The new collection features The Wolf Gang’s signature crochet swimmers and even a fringed skirt to slip over the top. We’re loving the muted colour palette of dusk pink, rosewater, saffron plus go-to black. Don’t go past their selection of totes, pouches and drawstring bags fitted with colourful tassels.
One word for Zimmermann’s 2017 swim/resort collection: moody. With a contrast of Asian inspired floral prints, dark plums, turquoise and a touch of fuchsia (as well as their signature plunging necklines) the collection speaks “sophisticated Hamptons”. The stand out pieces? A soft metallic one-piece and a crocheted bikini top. One thing Zimmermann continues to uphold with every collection is the classic full brief. While a cheeky-cut bikini bottom doesn’t appeal to all, Zimmermann designs bottoms for both the traditional woman and the woman who wants the sun kissed behind!
In Your Arms
In Your Arms have refurbished the 1950’s style knitted bikini, boasting a modern day, ethically friendly brand. Their fast drying, knitted fabric is made from recycled materials used throughout the collection. Something once appreciated by our mothers and aunties, the knitted swimwear is making a fierce comeback. In Your Arms have created simple bikinis and one-piece styles in an array of colours for this season, also featuring lacing, strapless bandeau styles and a few pairs of high-waisted bottoms. If you’re after something unique for the bikini season ahead, knitted bikinis are a cute alternative to the ever-favoured Lycra — especially when you are purchasing from a vegan brand that pride themselves on sourcing materials ethically and sustainably.
Bamba are about accentuating the female form in all its glory, tailoring ’80s minimalism “for the modern Bamba babe”. Majority of their bottoms sit high on the hip — lengthening the leg. They have produced a bikini top that quickly became favoured by bloggers, Instagramers and women world wide for its wire peak in the cleavage. The ‘Vino Top’ comes in the few basic colours of their collection palette but is consistently selling out and being restocked online. They have also produced a series of lightweight, silk garments as part of their collection to compliment the simplicity of their swimwear range.
You can never go wrong with Australian made products and Seafolly produce an expansive collection season in, season out. They always ensure versatility and accommodate for all body types, shapes and sizes. They incorporate one-pieces, high-waisted bottoms, cheeky cuts, complete cup support, push-up-bra styles and styles with little to no support for those ladies who don’t need/want it. Their range includes plain colours and prints of vast variety that they maintain and update throughout the entire year, as well as surplus black styles. Seafolly’s latest Summer ‘16 collection shot in Broome is slowly being released online and in stores, but their teaser video exemplifies yet another beautiful collection.
CLIQUE’s Swimwear Buying Tips:
– Durability is crucial when deciding on swimwear. There is nothing worse than getting to the end of summer and the colour has faded or the bum sags as soon as it makes contact with water.
– Price doesn’t always ensure quality either, but following a thorough ‘post-swim’ washing routine is our best recommendation for longevity.
– If you’re patient, you can usually nab a swimwear sale towards the end of the year — just ensure it’s a piece that you can wear into the following summer season.