Like every other clothing category, trends for swim move fast. But the vulnerability of a summer swimsuit that a lot of us feel won’t be remedied by splashing out on the latest ‘it’ bikini or one piece, what’s really going to move the needle for sea-side confidence is simple.
You’ve got to be comfortable – physically, and emotionally.
The easiest way to achieve this is by choosing a swimsuit that serves your needs. Do you like the design and how it looks? Do you feel okay about the amount of coverage it’s giving you? Can you play with your nephew in the sand, or read your book on a lounge chair easily? Do you feel empowered by your swimwear?
I encourage you to take yourself and your plans into consideration when making this year’s seasonal purchase. After all, the swimsuit was made for you, you weren’t made for the swimsuit!
We’ve created a round-up of chic swimwear with a purpose that will help you feel confident and comfortable for beach season.
There’s nothing more elegant than a one shoulder swimsuit to keep you looking chic through summer. A slightly elevated take on your classic one-piece, the single shoulder makes for a flattering line down the body. The asymmetrical shape helps break up the neckline and is a great option for anyone, especially those with broader shoulders. Shop this Assembly Label One Shoulder One Piece, available in a soft brown or classic black it’s sure to be a staple this summer.
Whether you’re a seaside sleeper or an activity extraordinaire, it is essential to be comfortable at the beach. With the modesty of a one piece but the convenience of a two piece, the tankini is a summer winner in our books. Get a couple of sets and mix and match all summer long with the flattering and supportive Cupshe Tankini. The versatility of a tankini is unmatched – you’re given the coverage and security to dive into the waves, get amongst a game of beach cricket, or if you chuck on a pair of shorts, you’re in a whole outfit to do the ice-cream run. Grab a tankini with a neckline that suits your needs, and you’ll never look back.
Swimwear-season can be scary for a lot of us, but life is too short. Allow yourself to feel confident, empowered, and sexy with a flattering halter neck that lifts you up in all the right places. Made from thick, soft, recycled nylon and featuring full bottom coverage, this Zulu and Zephyr one piece is a game changer. You won’t want to let go of the feeling this 70’s nostalgia shape and colourway gives you, so pair it with some shorts or a sarong and it can double as a bodysuit.
If ethical production is a big consideration when it comes to picking your swimwear, Nisa is one of those labels that will go above and beyond every single time. Since its 2017 start, Nisa has provided 19 women from refugee and migrant backgrounds with not only a job, but the chance to settle into life in Aotearoa, make friends, practise English and be a valued part of a team. Every piece in the range is made following a transparent and sustainable business model, and if their workroom ethics weren’t enough, this bikini set is reversible and high waisted for ultimate comfort. What more could you want!
A water-side cover up is a summer essential and the versatility of a sarong is like no other. Wear it as a skirt, a dress tactfully tied to your swimwear straps, or even lay down on it if you forget your towel (we’ve all been there). This 100% cotton Mahsa Sarong is lightweight and chic and the deep emerald colourway makes it an easy match to tonal swimwear and accessories.
If a little bit more coverage is a priority for you, this Zulu and Zephyr one piece checks a lot of boxes. The ruching at the waist and moderate front and back coverage, long sleeve and back closure zip makes for a flattering, yet conservative and practical fit. If you’re not overly keen on the bottom coverage, wrap a sarong around your waist and you’re good to go. Comfort and confidence aside, New Zealand bears the brunt of some of the harshest UV rays in the world, and naturally, our arms see a lot more of the sun than other parts of our bodies, so it couldn’t hurt to add a layer of protection and get on board with a long sleeve swimsuit.