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This Is Officially the Coolest Country to Buy Your Swimwear From

As the summer months quickly approach and vacations are booked, we know there is (probably) just one thing on your mind—swimwear. If you are a major bikini and one-piece connoisseur, it can often feel like once you’ve seen one style, you’ve seen them all. That’s why are here to tell you about the one country that does swimwear unlike anywhere else in the world: Australia.

Recently, while doing some research for a cool-girl Aussie-brand story, I found myself overwhelmed by the number of stylish swimwear labels I was coming across. You know those moments when you find something so good you need to share it with everyone you know? That’s exactly how I felt as I came across more than a dozen brands churning out incomparable swimwear designs.

Since Australia is probably one of the most pinned warm-weather destinations in your Pinterest feed, it should come as no surprise that the girls there don’t go trotting around in an average bikini. No—they’re wearing swimsuits from brands you’ve never heard of until now. Here, get ready to be overwhelmed by 13 of the best Australian swimwear brands we fell in love with instantly. Whether you’re in the market for a striking one-piece or a barely there bikini, we apologize in advance for how many swimsuits you’re about to buy.

Scroll down to read all about the 13 Australian swimwear brands you need to know and shop our favorite suit from each.

“(Pronounced BUM-BA) is an Australian swimwear label designed by a small team of creatives that grew up along the coastal borders of the Western Australia. [The line is] inspired by the ’80s that birthed a generation of empowered women who showcased the true meaning of comfort in their own skin. With an understanding of the female body in all forms, Bāmba is designed to incorporate the high-rise, cheeky cuts, and bold colors to accentuate your assets. The ’80s minimal aesthetics have been tailored for the modernBāmba bombshell.”Bāmba

Top and matching Vixen Bottoms in Military Green ($69) available in sizes S to L.
Available in sizes XS to L. 
Available in sizes XXS to L.
Available in sizes XXS to XL.
Available in sizes XS to L.
Top and matching Essential High Waisted Bikini Bottoms ($165) available in sizes S to L.
Available in brand sizes 0 to 3.
Top and matching Lido Bottoms in Rouge ($80) available in sizes S to XL.
Available in sizes XS to L.
Top and matching The Ring Briefs ($135) available in brand sizes 1 to 5.
Top and matching Barbados Bottoms ($45) available in sizes XS to L.
Available in Australian sizes 6 to 10.

Next up, shop the swimsuit trend already taking over 2018.

“We felt the swimwear market lacked a label that was simplistic but sophisticated, so high-quality fabrications and beautifully tailored patterns became our focus. We design swimsuits that create support from their construction and are functional from day to night.” — Fella designers Rosie Iffla and Christine Tang

“Made for the sun, the salt, and the sea, Zulu & Zephyr is an Australian lifestyle brand [and] an independent, boutique label, owned and operated by a small team of creatives. [Product can be] found exclusively in Australian and international boutiques.” — Zulu & Zephyr

If you are in the market for a bright, unique, and head-turning suit, Triangl should be your number one shopping destination. From cutout one-pieces to floral bikinis, this brand has every shape imaginable at prices you’ll definitely be drawn to.

“Growing up with long sun-drenched summers on the coast of Western Australia and memories of playing in her mother’s swimwear closet, designer Dakota Gilbert was always drawn to create and chase the sun. After spending a number of years working in the fashion industry in Australia and London and adventuring through ocean-loving cultures around the world, Dakota returned home to Western Australia with the vision to create a luxe swimwear line the world hadn’t seen before. Known for its fusion of sleek designs, its mix of quality fabrics, and most recently its embellishments, Skye & Staghorn has cemented itself as a leader in the swimwear industry both locally and abroad.” Skye & Staghorn

“A nomad at heart, who appreciates the concept of minimal luxury, Chloe Dunlop (creator) seeks inspiration for every collection through her experiences traveling the globe. From Morocco to India, and back to the brand’s initial roots in Bali, Chloe’s journeys are about connecting with exotic, remote, and foreign cultures. She finds treasures in native colors, landscapes, textiles, and textures, all contributing to the uniqueness within her line.” — She Made Me

Zimmermann creates some of the most beautiful, perfectly bohemian, and consistently one-of-a-kind swimsuits. Although these might be a bit of a splurge, we can guarantee you’ll keep yours for a lifetime, as the styles are always strikingly classic.

“Palm focuses on creating unique, luxurious swimwear with a timeless appeal. Dedicated to modernizing the classic swimsuit, we aim to create beautiful, simple-lined pieces that encapsulate subtlety and understated elegance. Every suit is made in luxurious Italian fabrics, which provide exceptional shape retention, chlorine-resistance, and UV protection.” — Palm

“Rye was founded in May 2015 by founding partners Alyssa Carter and Bonnie O’Hare. The brand’s essence is Life, Sunny Side Up. An optimistic fun-loving attitude that’s colorful, spontaneous, and uniquely Australian. The central theme of the design is the juxtaposition of color. Unexpected, irreverent combinations that imbue an irresistible summer mood. Rye follows the sun to deliver swimwear, fashion, and accessory collections for the summer and resort calendar.”Rye

“Matteau Swim was created to be the subtle swimsuit. The one you reach for to feel confident and at ease by the water. Simple, comfortable, and uncomplicated, our styles are focused on fit and shape to be flattering and firm. The brand stands for classic style and simplicity above all else. Tastefully created to enhance and support the modern woman, our motivation was to reduce the bathing suit to its bare essentials and create a calm, assured aesthetic.” Matteau

“Established in 2013, the Australian powerhouse and swimwear label Frankie Swimwear has become an international household name in the swimwear industry. Founded by bikini connoisseur and fashion fanatic Rebecca Klodinsky, Frankie Swimwear’s luxurious textiles and classic cuts have attracted a cult following with the likes of Kylie Jenner, Rihanna, and Bella Hadid regularly sporting the label. By meticulously re-engineering the basic bikini, the label has single-handedly created a legion of loyal followers, with an undeniable need for high-quality, well-structured swimwear.”Frankie Swimwear

“Born out of a lifelong love affair with the ocean, boutique Australian swimwear label Peony fuses bohemian nostalgia with refined femininity to create swimwear made for chasing the sun. Effortless feminine style forms the philosophy behind the brand, which is inspired by summer’s simple joys—diving into the ocean, the smell of coconut oil, the feeling of sand under bare feet, and the first bloom of peony flowers, which signal the beginning of summer.” Peony

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