Your guide to finding the perfect summer bikini

Your guide to finding the perfect summer bikini

Dive into our list of where to find the best bikinis to suit your body type.

By Hannah Doody | 8th December 2014

Summer in Brisbane means spending as much time as possible lounging by the pool or hitting the beach. No matter what your size, budget or style, we have garnered some of the most coveted cozzies that will have you making waves this summer.

ZULU & ZEPHYR

Sydney-based label Zulu and Zephyr has gone from strength to strength since its inception in 2012. Sisters Candice and Karla Rose source unique textured fabrics from around the world to create clever designs for the coastal girl. Their Summer 2014/2015 collection, ‘Castaway’ draws on a palette of terracotta and cream, and features high waisted cuts.

Tip: Underwired styles are great for providing support for fuller figures.

Zulu & Zephyr Summer 2014 bikini

TALULAH

Talulah’s Spring Summer 14 swimwear collection ‘White Light’ mixes sports luxe and bohemian vibes. From sleek one-pieces with subtle cut outs to barely there bikinis, this collection encompasses the ultra-feminine to the graphic and sporty.

Tip: One-pieces are great for accentuating curves on fuller figures.

Talulah Summer 2014 swimsuit

Talulah

HER THE LABEL

Sydney born designer and founder of Her the Label, Tuyen Nguyen has collaborated with super-blogger Margaret Zhang of Shine By Three for the launch of their debut collection, ‘NAME’ in October 2014. Inspired by geometric shapes contrasted with the elegance of a ballerina, Nguyen uses sustainable fabrics in pastel colours to create clean and stylish cuts.

Tip: Opting for a classic cut in a block colour will flatter most figures.

Her the Label Summer 2014 bikini

Her the Label

GORMAN

Since launching their swimwear line in 2011, Gorman have adopted an avid following for their left of centre designs.  Their Spring Summer 2014 collection stays true to their signature style of high-waisted and vintage-inspired cuts in bold colours and whimsical prints.

Tip: high waisted styles are great for creating a fuller figure on straight body types.

Gorman Summer 2014 bikini

Gorman

CANTIK

Cantik (pronounced chun-tick), meaning beautiful in Bahasa Indonesian is designed in Sydney by founder Catherine Heenan and made in Bali. Heenan celebrates ‘the strength and beauty of women all around the world’ through her Spring Summer 2014 collection, ‘Tempête’, which is reminiscent of the bold, high cut legs from the 1970s and 80s.

Tip: high cut legs are great for curvy body types and elongating legs.

Cantik Summer 2014 The Byron one-piece

Cantik

TIGERLILY

It’s the brand that never fails to create beautiful, timeless swimwear. Tigerlily’s design team are on a quest to produce the perfect bikinis for our holiday adventures – and the Spring Summer 2014 collection doesn’t disappoint. The collection is inspired by the eclectic cultures of France, Turkey, Greece, Spain and Morocco – each piece bursting with colour and individual character.

Tip: Frill detail at the hip is great for creating a curvier look on straight body types.

Tigerlily Summer 2014 bikini

Tigerlily

PEONY

Gold Coast-born Becky Jack’s label Peony Swimwear was born out of her life-long love affair with the beach and the carefree lifestyle it embraces. Her designs are handmade in Australia for the quintessential, down-to-earth girl.  Think laidback, wearable cuts in a palette of indigo, turquoise and white that will stay put when you’re diving into those waves.

Tip: printed fabrics are great for creating a fuller figure on petite frames.

Peony Swimwear Summer 2014 bikini

Peony Swimwear

ZIMMERMANN

Cutting edge, unique and feminine – elements that are synonymous with Zimmermann’s brand as they continue to sit at the forefront of Australian swimwear.
With intricate details and luxe fabrics – laser cut neoprene and feminine prints of florals and spots – their designs are for the fashionista and are best saved for the poolside rather than in the surf.

Tip: For more curvy girls, choose styles with boning to provide extra support, and for smaller busts, opt for high neck styles to create a fuller look.

Zimmermann Summer 2014 bikini

Zimmermann

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Article by Hannah Doody

Hannah is a former journalist at Style Magazines. When she is not exploring new parts of the world, you will find her at music festivals, or on her eternal quest for the best breakfast in Brisbane.

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