We Are Officially the Coolest Country to Buy Your Swimwear From
As the winter months quickly approach and vacations are giddily being booked, we know there is only one thing on your mind—swimwear. If you are a major bikini and/or one-piece connoisseur, it can often feel like once you've seen one style, you've seen them all. That's why are here to tell you about the one country that does swimwear unlike anywhere else in the world—Australia. Recently, while doing some research for a cool-girl Aussie brand story, I found myself overwhelmed by the amount of insanely stylish swimwear brands I was coming across. You know those moments where you find something so good you need to share it with every single person you know? That's exactly how I felt as I came across more than a dozen brands churning out incomparable swimwear designs.
Since we are probably one of the most pinned warm-weather destinations in people's Pinterest feeds, it should come as no surprise that the girls here don't go trotting around in an average bikini. Whether you're in the market for a striking one-piece or a barely there bikini, we apologise in advance for how many swimsuits you're about purchase.
Scroll down to read all about the 13 Australian swimwear brands you need to know and shop our favourite suit from each.
"(Pronounced BUM-BA) is an Australian swimwear label designed by a small team of creatives that grew up along the coastal borders of the Western Australia. [The line is] inspired by the '80s that birthed a generation of empowered women who showcased the true meaning of comfort in their own skin. With an understanding of the female body in all forms, Bāmba is designed to incorporate the high-rise, cheeky cuts, and bold colours to accentuate your assets. The '80s minimal aesthetics have been tailored for the modernBāmba bombshell." — Bāmba
"We felt the swimwear market lacked a label that was simplistic but sophisticated, so high-quality fabrications and beautifully tailored patterns became our focus. We design swimsuits that create support from their construction and are functional from day to night." —designers Rosie Iffla and Christine Tang
Zulu & Zephyr
If you are in the market for a bright, unique, and head-turning suit, Triangl should be your #1 shopping destination. From cut-out one-pieces to floral bikinis, this brand has every shape imaginable at prices you'll definitely be drawn to.
Skye & Staghorn
"Growing up with long sun-drenched summers on the coast of Western Australia and memories of playing in her mother’s swimwear closet, designer Dakota Gilbert was always drawn to create and chase the sun. After spending a number of years working in the fashion industry in Australia & London and adventuring through ocean-loving cultures around the world, Dakota returned home to Western Australia with the vision to create a luxe swimwear line the world hadn’t seen before. Known for its fusion of sleek designs, mix of quality fabrics and most recently its embellishments, SKYE & Staghorn has cemented itself as a leader in the Swimwear Industry both locally and abroad." — SKYE & staghorn
SHE MADE ME
“A nomad at heart, who appreciates the concept of minimal luxury, Chloe Dunlop (creator) seeks inspiration for every collection through her experiences traveling the globe. From Morocco to India and back to the brand’s initial roots in Bali, Chloe’s journeys are about connecting with exotic, remote and foreign cultures. She finds treasures in native colors, landscapes, textiles and textures, all contributing to the uniqueness within her line.” — She Made Me
Zimmermann creates some of the most beautiful, perfectly bohemian, and consistently one-of-a-kind swimsuits. Although these might be a bit of a splurge, we can guarantee you'll keep yours for a lifetime as the styles are always strikingly classic.
“Palm focuses on creating unique, luxurious swimwear with a timeless appeal. Dedicated to modernizing the classic swimsuit, we aim to create beautiful, simple-lined pieces that encapsulate subtlety and understated elegance. Every suit is made in luxurious Italian fabrics which provide exceptional shape-retention, chlorine-resistance and UV protection.” — Palm
BEC & BRIDGE
Founded by two friends, Becky Cooper and Bridget Yorston, Bec & Bridge is a huge name to know in the Australian fashion world. Although the brand designs more than swimwear, the suits at Bec & Bridge are too gorgeous not to mention on their own here.
“RYE was founded in May 2015 by founding partners Alyssa Carter and Bonnie O'Hare. The brand's essence is Life, Sunny Side Up. An optimistic fun loving attitude that’s colourful, spontaneous and uniquely Australian. The central theme to the design is the juxtaposition of color. Unexpected, irreverent combinations that imbue an irresistible summer mood. RYE follows the sun to deliver swimwear, fashion and accessory collections for the Summer and Resort calendar.” — Rye
“Matteau Swim was created to be the subtle swimsuit. The one you reach for to feel confident and at east by the water. Simple, comfortable and uncomplicated, our styles are focused on fit and shape to be flattering and firm. The brand stands for classic style and simplicity above all else. Tastefully created to enhance and support the modern woman, our motivation was to reduce the bathing suit to its bare essentials and create a calm, assured aesthetic.” — Matteau
“Established in 2013, the Australian powerhouse and swimwear label, Frankie Swimwear has become an international household name in the swimwear industry. Founded by bikini connoisseur and fashion fanatic Rebecca Klodinsky, Frankie Swimwear’s luxurious textiles and classic cuts have attracted a cult following with the likes of Kylie Jenner, Rihanna & Bella Hadid regularly sporting the label. By meticulously re-engineering the basic bikini, the label has single handedly created a legion of loyal followers, with an undeniable need for high quality, well-structured swimwear.” — Frankie Swimwear
“Born out of a life long love affair with the ocean, boutique Australian swimwear label, peony, fuses bohemian nostalgia with refined femininity to create swimwear made for chasing the sun. Effortless feminine style forms the philosophy behind the brand, which is inspired by summer's simple joys - diving into the ocean, the smell of coconut oil, the feeling of sand under bare feet and the first bloom of peony flowers, which signal the beginning of summer.” — Peony
Peony Hayman Knotted Bralette ($89)
Peony Hayman Staple Pant ($79)
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