When I was younger when people used to ask me what my favorite season was I would always say the fall. There was something about the cool temperatures, leaves changing colours and the fact that it was my birthday season that made me love it so much. Over the past few years though, my loyalty has shifted towards summer. One of my favourite things about summer is swimming. The best way to relax after a long day is jumping into a pool or the river. Plus, it’s an excuse to stock up on tops of chic bathing suits. What better way to start the week (and summer season) than by dreaming about beautiful swimwear? I picked a variety of suits so no matter what, your personal style will always shine through.
1) River Island palm tree bikini (top-$29, bottoms-$22)
This bathing suit will be making it’s way into my closet soon as it warms up enough to jump into the river. With a bustier top and high waisted bottoms, it it’s the perfect way to show skin but leave enough to the imagination. And who can deny how amazing the sea foam and blush would look against a base tan?
2) Shakuhachi marble animal print top + PRISM punta bikini bottoms (top-$98, bottoms-$135)
If you’re anything like me, your summer wardrobe has a very strict colour scheme: black, white, and occasionally leopard when I’m feeling more daring. Minimalism doesn’t have to be boring though. Pairing this Shakuhachi marble and leopard bikini top with black bottoms screams chic without drawing too much attention.
3) J.Crew floral rushed underwire swimsuit ($98)
If you prefer covering up, this one is for you. J.Crew is known for their pretty, preppy pieces and this one piece swimsuit is no exception. The pink florals are feminine and the underwire is reminiscent of a 50’s pin up style bathing suit. I think Betty Draper would look flawless in this.
4) Seafolly rose bustier bikini ($97)
This bikini set from Seafolly is not for the faint of heart. Soon as I saw the bright neon yellow, I immediately fell in love. The lilac and turquoise roses make it less in your face but this bikini will hold its own on any beach outing.
5) Mara Hoffman maillot swimsuit ($410)
Sticking to the tight and bright theme, this swimsuit from the queen of swimwear, Mara Hoffman, will have everyone’s eyes on you. Featuring an elephant face and trunk, with a psychedelic range of print and colours, this show stopper is worth every penny.
6) Zimmermann verano ra ra bikini ($285)
Another well known swimwear duo are the Zimmermann sisters. Hailing from Australia (home to a pretty permanent summer), the girls got their design start in swimwear. This quirky take on florals, featuring a bluebird friend, is neutral but still quaint enough for summer days.
7) Melissa Odabash Sumatra zipped bandeau bikini ($275)
For those of you who prefer to shy away from loud colours and crazy prints, this one is for you. This beautiful blue bandeau bikini (alliteration at its finest!) stands out because of the gold zipper detail in the top. So if you prefer to keep the attention off yourself and focus more on your beach activities while still looking major, this one is for you.
8) Mikoh Osaka cutout swimsuit ($225)
Last, but certainly not least, is this out of this world cutout swimsuit by Mikoh Osaka. For those of you who are more apprehensive about showing skin, the cut-outs are perfectly placed to give just enough of an oomph factor. Black looks lovely on everyone and is slimming as well, so this one is a winner all around.
Do you have a swimsuit that you can’t get enough of? Or a suggestion that yours truly should add to this list? Let me know in the comments below and have a great week!