We’re calling August at vitruvi “the last hurrah” because it’s the final month of careless fun—before September rolls in and you actually have to start planning your life. So, not to freak you out, but with the end of summer nigh, we’re really making sure we soak up every last moment of it. That means more cocktails, more spontaneous nights, and more beach days. So, in honour of the last hurrah, we’ve rounded up a few of our favourite swimwear brands. Take a look and maybe, just maybe, give in to one last summer whim and buy a suit to ride out the month of August with.
Salt Water Collective
This Toronto-based brand makes their suits using ECONYL yarn, which is regenerated from pre and post consumer nylon waste that would otherwise be abandoned in nature or dumped in landfills. The styles are simple yet flattering, and we love that they celebrate all different body types (follow them on insta for more of this).
Zulu and Zephyr
Australia knows swimwear. It seems every up-and-coming brand we’ve come across hails from down under, which makes sense—they have some of the best beaches in the world. We love the newly-launched “Signatures” line: it features bandeaus, bralettes and everything in between and comes in 3 beautiful, neutral colours. The olive green is hard to resist, and the price point is pretty standard when it comes to suits nowadays.
While on the pricier side, these suits are like fabric pieces of art. They’re a great option if you’re looking for a pop of colour too. We also love their beach coverups—billowy pants and twist-tied tops give us serious resort vibes. The good news? They currently have select styles on sale—the perks of embracing the last hurrah.
Reformation has ruffles and rouching figured out when it comes to dresses and flirty blouses , so we love that they’ve brought these fun textures to swimwear. With prints like gingham and tiny rosebuds and daises, these suits have a vintage feel to them, which is nice if you’re looking for something less skimpy. They’ve also got you covered with a range of cool-girl accessories—straw bags, espadrilles and retro specs included.
If you’re looking for a more athletic option, Outdoor Voices is a no brainer. Their suits were designed for activities—waterskiing, wakeboarding, swimming (ha!) are all more feasible (and comfortable) in one of these bad boys. They sold out quite quickly when they first launched, so it’s a good idea to add yourself to the waitlist so you get first dibs.
Aerie has a great selection of suits—especially one pieces. We love the deep plunge, apron, and scoop back styles. Their prices are also substantially more affordable than any of the other brands on this list (by a long shot) and most of the suits come in different lengths, making it easier to find a one piece if you have a longer torso. Again, we also love aerie’s choice of models and that more women can see themselves in one of these suits.
Photo from Zulu and Zephyr.