When you think about it, it’s no coincidence that Australia is home to some of the world’s best swimwear designers—our unofficial summer uniform is always swimwear plus denim. Over the past few years, a new wave of swim designers have joined our trusty stable of icons (looking at you, Zimmermann), meaning we have more choice when it comes to our cossies, than ever before.
Last year, we were all reaching for neoprene wet-suit material styles, and cut-outs. This year? Minimalist clean lines, and cheeky bottoms are everywhere. Our advice to finding your perfect swimsuit? If you prefer shopping online (why else would you be here), scroll the Instagram page and hashtag for the brand you’re interested in, and see how the styles look on real girls. It’s always hard to determine shape/fit/size when a swimsuit has been shot against a white background—but in a more candid shot, you can get an idea of how it will sit on your body. But enough about fit, you can read all about how to find your perfect swimsuit shape here.
Now the fun part. We’ve put together your ultimate guide to the best Australian swimwear designers, along with the style we think everyone will be wearing on the sand this year. Keep scrolling to discover the swim labels you should have on your radar, and shop your favourite style.