Types Of Swimwear
It’s not all bikinis out there. There are several different kinds of swimsuits, and each style suits different body shapes and preferences. Here are the most popular ones that you should know about:
The bikini is a two-piece swimsuit. The upper piece is visually similar to a bra and covers up the breasts, while the bottom part covers the crotch area. Bikinis break up the body’s silhouette and can shorten the appearance of your torso, so they’re best for women with long upper bodies.
Bikinis are by far the most popular form of swimwear, so almost any Australian retailer that sells swimwear will stock bikinis.
As the name suggests, plus-size swimwear is for plus-size women. Certain measurements, especially butt and bust sizes, often make it hard for plus-size women to find swimwear, so plus-size swimsuit retailers have risen up to meet the demand.
Curvy by Capriosca Swimwear sell swimwear pieces up to size 30, covering women of nearly every body type.
Visually similar to a leotard, the one-piece covers a woman’s entire torso, though it may have stylish cutouts that expose skin elsewhere.
One-piece swimsuits are suitable for almost all body types and are the most popular type of children’s swimwear. They can easily be found at nearly any clothing retailer.
A hybrid between the bikini and one-piece, the tankini is a two-piece swimsuit that features a tank top and a bikini bottom. It’s considered somewhat more modest than a bikini because it keeps the midriff covered up, but is easier to take off for bathroom use than a one-piece.
Tankinis have been growing in popularity over the last couple of years, and you can find them at retailers like Next.
The Best Swimwear In Australia
From budget options to designer swimwear, these are the brands that you should turn to when picking up your beachwear in Australia.
10. Matteau - Long Sleeve Maillot
Matteau’s diverse sources of inspiration results in a timeless style that will stand the test of time. This long-sleeved one-piece is no different, evoking an athleisure-esque look while protecting your arms from the sun.
9. Minkpink - Leopard One Piece
Minkpink strives to meet the needs of the trendsetter’s closet and maintains its spot at the bleeding edge of fashion. This leopard-print one piece will never fail to impress, hinting towards an animalistic vibe to whoever wears it to the beach.
8. Baku - Maui Rio Cut High Waist Bikini Pant
Baku is one of Australia’s biggest swimwear manufacturers, which you might not have expected from a tiny privately-owned business run by a brother-sister duo with law degrees. This high-waist retro-style bikini bottom evokes a wonderful tropical feel and can be paired with almost any top to great effect.
7. Peony - Sangria One Piece
Peony’s brand identity is centred on sustainability, with the vast majority of their nylon recycled from fabric manufacturing scraps, derelict fishing nets, and other waste. This Sangria One Piece exudes femininity and class while staying true to Peony’s sustainability roots of being entirely made from sustainably produced or recycled materials.
6. Seafolly - Halter Singlet Top
Price: $AUD149.95 (top only)
As the largest Aussie swimwear brand, Seafolly has cornered 35% of market sales, and for good reason – it’s just a plain good brand with a diverse array of styles that will suit anyone. This gorgeous tankini top is stylish enough to wear anywhere. Pair it with a bikini bottom of your choice.
5. Fella - Harvey Specter Full Piece
Fella is all about functionality. Most of their items feature solid colours and simple prints, all made with top-quality Italian textured Lycra and other imported materials. This full piece doesn’t bother with the bells and whistles of other brands, giving you an elegant swimwear experience.
4. Haley Boyd x Ephemera - Gingham Tie Front Bandeau + High Waisted Pant
Price: $AUD209 (whole set)
In this eye-catching collaboration, Ephemera’s vintage swimwear style combines with Haley Boyd’s own nostalgic identity to create a timeless two-piece look that will work on any beach.
3. Tigerlily - Chama One Piece
Like Peony, Tigerlily’s local roots and ethical, sustainable fashion principles make it one of the best choices for conscious consumers who want to protect the environment and support Australian business. This retro-style one-piece features a gorgeous gold foil pattern and recycled materials.
2. Zulu & Zephyr - Signature Strapless Onepiece
This homegrown lifestyle brand boasts an energetic mix of nostalgic and innovative. True to their reputation, this unique strapless one-piece seems like a thing of the future but is reminiscent of retro styling.
1. Triangl - Pipa
With 2.5 million followers on Instagram, Triangl is certainly one of the top Australian swimwear brands on the net. This cotton candy narrow-topped bikini is sure to turn heads at the beach; it’s also relatively cheap for a complete two-piece set of this quality.
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