If you’re looking for the top—or emerging—swimwear brands, now is the time to stock up. Even the most fashion-forward women won’t have a hard time finding the perfect bikini for their body shape or preference thanks to a slew of gorgeous trends that have emerged this year. A growing number of sustainable swimwear manufacturers are offering recyclable items that don’t sacrifice elegance or toss your summer cash to the wind.
In order to enjoy excursions to the pool, beach, or anywhere else you want to go this summer, you’ll want to stock up on a few new swimsuits. The following are the greatest swimwear brands that routinely get high grades for both performance and style. A variety of designs, from chic one-pieces and off-the-shoulder bikinis to rash guards and pool cover-ups, are available from these companies.
With so many options for bikinis, one-pieces, and other swimwear, your greatest challenge will be deciding where and when to wear them all.
Creating timeless swimwear staples that are designed between Cape Town and Los Angeles, Laya Swim is centered around chic styles and sustainability. The brand’s Spring/Summer 2022 drop serves as a versatile collection that aims to provide pieces that can easily transition from day to night and beach to bar. Laya’s highly coveted silhouettes are reimagined in earthy tones such as “Almond,” “Clay,” “Green,” and “Mamba Pike” among others. The Fame one-piece swimsuit features a cut-out back and strapless bandeau, whilst the Goodbye Stranger piece has an asymmetrical one-shoulder design. Other garments include a bikini bottom, triangle top, and an underwire top in sizes XS to XL.
Founded by Sara Amendola, independent swimwear label Sharay aims to make women feel special through its fit and quality of materials, which are crafted in Italy. The brand’s core range is comprised of four bikinis developed with playful designs made from polyamide and elastane. Furthermore, the Iridescent Triangle top features extra-long ties that can be wrapped around the waist while the bottom takes on a similar design. Elsewhere, crochet bikinis are available in an array of color options: “Rainbow,” “Blue,” “Pink,” “Navy,” and “Green.” To round the collection out, the Iridescent Dress can be worn over the garments or alone.
Kaiserin combines swimwear that flatters different body types and the perfect blend of spandex and nylon for fabric that hugs your curves. The brand boasts one-pieces that double as a bodysuit, bikini tops with adjustable straps, bottoms created to make your backside look impeccable, and much more. “I found it impossible to find the perfect swimwear, without at least having to sacrifice fit or comfort,” shares founder Fanny K. Standout pieces include the Amie Swimsuit, which compliments the neckline and features a high-cut leg as well as the Sandra Bottoms, serving as the perfect way to accentuate your waist. Garments range from small to extra large in tonal colorways and more.
Akoia Swim creates swimwear like none other, turning crochet designs into swimwear elevated by high-end technical textiles and avant-garde shapes. Since its launch in 2014, the brand has been focused on less waste with a more minimal mindset, which can be seen across Akoia’s green principles and natural dyes used on the textiles. Available in sets, the Baia Bikini in “Chocolate” pulls inspiration from the 70s, whilst the Algarve Bikini in “Olive” is an adjustable design that beautifully blends its titular hue with other colors such as brown and tan.
Meanwhile, other offerings include the Noelie Mini Dress, featuring an open back and a double tie to shape the waist, and the Lilou Set which admirably showcases the designers’ crochet details. The handmade designs are made-to-order using 100% cotton.
Founded by Raphaele Reponty and Hanalei Reponty-Gudauskas in 2015, Abysse is known for its eco-neoprene wetsuits, luxe swimwear, and activewear. The brand’s wetsuit lineup, made out of premium Japanese Yamamoto Ecoprene, uses recycled lining made from post-consumer plastic waste. Channeling the free spirit, swimwear silhouettes arrive with checkered patterns, high glam, and color gradients in addition to core pieces. The Kelea, notably the label’s first bodysuit, is designed with an integrated shelf-bra, U scoop neck, and a back for support. Other offerings such as the Ama Long Sleeve Swimsuit and the high-waisted, backless Billie swimsuit are perfect for the summer.
Australia-based brand Callie Swim helms a sartorial rebellion that celebrates femininity in its entirety, using fabric that provides soft support and full coverage. Arriving in “Chocolate,” “White,” “Biscuit,” and “Black,” styles include chic tops and bottoms that you can mix and match for the perfect look. These designs can be worn at the pool or as daywear while also fusing elegance and functionality across the range.
Callie frequently releases limited edition collections, most recently launching ribbed offerings as well as its “Contrast” collection, which dons white straps that complement the label’s signature “Biscuit” hue. Each of the pieces is available in sizes ranging from XS and XXL.
Launched in 2019, DU CIEL is an independent lingerie and swimwear label that celebrates all body types. The label’s pieces are crafted from fine fabrics that are 100% natural and carefully selected for their comfortable texture and responsible sourcing. Its swimsuit silhouettes consist of Biarritz, Bordeaux, and Marseille—each design boasting elegant details that vary in cut-outs and straps, making it unique from one another.
Stocked on SSENSE, the label has a number of exclusive pieces that you can find on the multi-brand retailer, including a bikini top and bottom in silk satin. Here, pieces can be found in “Pink” and “Brown,” which strays away from DU CIEL’s neutral palette of black, grey, white, and other tonal hues. The designs place an emphasis on having a clearly identifiable aesthetic that associates with clean, simple silhouettes.
Sister-owned label Goldie Swimwear has been worn by notable names such as Valentina Bilbao, Augustah Allen, and Aixa Jahara among many others. Marrying beachwear with style, the designs serve as accents to fun under the sun, whether it be lounging at the pool or celebrating the summer. The lineup is led by swimsuits splashed with the brand’s signature wordmark and logo in patchwork and duotone color-blocking offerings. Elsewhere, the range sees bikini tops and bottoms that don marble, zebra, and cheetah prints printed across the garments. Staying true to its “accessible luxury” sentiment, Goldie pieces are available in sizes XS to XL for under $40 USD.
Elsewhere in fashion, NiiHai recently unfolded the lookbook to its SS22 collection, one of its biggest to date inspired by shore and sunset.