Photography via Fisch
The pool is calling!
Date July 12, 2023
The sun is blazing, the water’s warm and you’re set on soaking up every second of summer. Yup, we’re officially at the height of swimsuit season. Whether you’re looking for some skimpy or full-coverage, statement-making or subdued, we’ve rounded up 10 of the best swimsuit brands that are doing it right. Start searching for that pool access now — you’ll never want to take these sets off.
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Left on Friday
If you’re the type who’d rather do laps than lay out on a lounger, Canadian brand Left on Friday is your active-leaning answer. Thanks to its gently hugging fabric, extra-comfortable fit and clean-lined designs, no beach-bound sport — volleyball, surfing and dock diving included — is off the table. “Do it all in one suit” is their motto and we totally get why.
Buy it here: Left on Friday Dip Bottom, $100
High-quality, low-impact swimwear is the aim at Londre, a Vancouver-made brand that boasts a 4X to XS size range. Beyond its sustainable mandate which includes ethical production, minimal waste and recycled materials (they’ve utilized over one million plastic bottles found on beaches in their offerings), Londre’s fair pricing is yet another reason to slip into one of their comfy suits.
Buy it here: Londre The Triangle Top Heavenly Bodies, $69
Fans flock to Andie for their perfectly cut, no fuss approach to swimwear. Solid colours splashed on essential maillots and two-pieces are the brand’s bread and butter, but their regular design collabs with big-name stars (Mindy Kaling and model Iskra Lawrence are recent best-sellers) always keep us coming back for more.
Buy it here: Andie The Marco One Piece, $171
Our bodies are always in flux season over season (and even hour to hour — like after a particularly filling lunch!) so why is it that skin-tight swimwear is stuck in the standard sizing model? Youswim is out to break that concept. The brand’s lineup of flexible suits come in just two foolproof sizes — one that fits sizes two through 12 and another which works for sizes 14 to 24 — that move with your ever-changing shape.
Buy it here: Youswim Aplomb Standard Waist Two-Piece, $182
Faithfull the Brand
Nearly 10 years into their pursuit, Faithfull the Brand’s co-directors Sarah-Jane Abrahams and Helle Them-Enger are still producing some of the most coveted resort wear in the game. Their sunny collections — inspired by clear-skied travel, of course — always strike a balance between of-the-moment and vintage-leaning. Case in point: this retro set that’s begging to be put on the main feed.
Buy it here: Faithfull the Brand Dylla Bikini Bottoms, $127
Skimpy, slinky and statement-making. That’s exactly how Toronto-designed brand 437 likes their bikinis. Looking for a vibrant two-piece with barely there bum coverage? They’ve got it. It’s no wonder the bikini-clad celeb set are also fans: Kylie Jenner, Megan Thee Stallion and Jennifer Lopez have all been spotted in their sets.
Buy it here: 437 The Piper Top, $95
Even when they’re not trying to, the Aussies know how to make ace swimwear. Such is the case for Alémais, a new, contemporary label that just happens to be designing some of the most exciting resort wear right now. Their point of difference? A rotating cast of artists each season that contribute to its dreamy patterns, like this clash of micro florals.
Buy it here: Alémais Kenzie Bra Top, $212
Form and Fold
If you’re on the bustier side, you generally have two options while shopping for swimwear: forgo the support and feel self-conscious over spillage, or be relegated to a, shall we say, un-chic corner of the market. It was an experience that Form and Fold designers Carly Warson and Stephanie Korn knew all too well. Their Melbourne-based brand is specifically crafted for cup sizes D to G to lift, shape and support all in totally modern-feeling suits. Score!
Buy it here: Form and Fold The One Syrup Sheen, $359
Eco-minded babes, this one’s for you. As one of the first swimwear brands to use Econyl — a 100 per cent regenerated fibre made from discarded fishing nets and other nylon material — Fisch’s statement essentials are as sustainable as they are beautiful. And if you get an immediate vacay vibe from the line, that’s intentional: creative director Agnes Fischer’s childhood spent on St. Barth’s influences everything from the bold prints to its beach-ready shapes.
Buy it here: Fisch Regatta Painted Leo One-Piece, $427
Matteau’s understated designs are for the Net-a-Porter-shopping, Hamptons-vacationing fashion girl—and it’s hard to not want a piece of it. The brand’s trend-transcending pieces with a classic-meets-cool aesthetic and restrained palette are exactly why it’s garnered a following from editors, celebs and Instagram types alike. Wear yours with the brand’s extensive line of perfectly made pareos and poplin plunge dresses.
Buy it here: Matteau, $425
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