With summer finally here we’re all way overdue for a little socially-distanced beach or pool time. These past few months your WFH loungewear may have been your go-to outfit for trips to your living room or home office but it’s time to step out of your comfort zone. For your next poolside lounge, you might grab your swimsuit from last year (we haven’t gone shopping yet either) but we’ve got something a bit trendier in mind for your next poolside lounge.
Summer 2020’s Best Indie Swimwear Brands
In the past high cut silhouettes reigned, retro and vintage styles also made a comeback, with barely-there swimwear was everywhere. This summer you can expect to see bold prints and colors, high-waisted styles, new shapes and textures, plus more. To aid in your summer shopping we’ve rounded up a few indie and under-the-radar swimwear brands you need to know. Keep reading to see our picks.
Melissa Simone Swim
Island-friendly prints and barely there, tini-kinis from this Black-owned brand favored by Bella Hadid and the Instagram set. For those looking to make a scene and be seen, the brand’s patterned cut-out one piece in a tropical feather print is well worth any possible awkward tan lines, Elle cut-out one-piece, $180.
Keva J Swimwear
Proving once again that one piece swimwear can be just as sexy as a bikini, this Black-owned brand offers unique, strappy, and cut-out monokinis along with bikinis. Our pick is this dynamic patterned Kingston Mesh High Waisted Two Piece, from $80.
If you prefer traditional silhouettes, this sustainable swimwear brand is for you. Sian Swimwear offers high waisted bikini and high cut one-pieces with unique and modern touches. Our pick is the Sandrina two-piece, 100.
This Black-owned brand offers unique silhouettes in an array of nudes and muted tones perfectly suited for minimalists. Shop teeny bikinis and asymmetrical monokini in shades of brown, lavender, cobalt, and a green that matches your matcha. Our pick is the Vista two-piece, from $75.
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Of course, there’s something for maximalists too. Nigerian designer Andrea Iyamah, pulls inspiration from African cultures and vibrant colors resulting in one of a kind swimwear. Our pick is the Kari high-waist bikini that’s almost too pretty to swim in, $195.
If you’re looking for something really different check out the crocheted beachwear from Akoia swim. The beachy, boho brand offers crocheted one-pieces, bikinis and coverups perfect for taking a swim and lounging in the sand. Our pick is the barely-there Monte bikini in sage, $102.97.
Another one for the maximalists out there, this brand from Nigerian-American designer Buki Ade, is all about eccentric prints, bold colors, and even bolder silhouettes. While they still offer minimal pieces for those who shy away from prints, we’d definitely recommend the brands strong pieces that are almost regal. Our pick is the divine Yala one piece, $199.99.
Because swimwear isn’t one size fits all, this brand offers sizes from 0 to 26 in their sexy, minimal swimwear. You’ll love the classic colors and prints on simple silhouettes. Our pick is the Bixby two piece, from $75.
Luxe and minimal without being too trendy, this Black-owned brand offers swim styles you’ll want to wear every summer. Come for the asymmetrical shape and stay for the high cuts and high waists, as well as strappy pieces in neutral tones ideal for lounging poolside or snapping a few pics for Instagram. Our pick is the Evolve One Piece Ribbed, $220.
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For anything but basic one-pieces, Castamira Swim from Jamaican-born designer and model Chantel Davis is the indie swimwear brand for you. They offer a selection of one-pieces suited for every style in neutral and rich tones. Our pick is the Oasis one piece, $220.