No matter what you love to do in summer, we’ve got sustainable swimwear styles for every personality!
By Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi
Unlike say, dress hemlines or coat shapes, swimwear doesn’t change styles every season – or even every year. This means whatever you buy for this year’s holiday should last for years to come. But at the same time, just as with other items in your wardrobe, you want your bathing suit to express something about who you are, right?
For example, are you a little bit creative, or quietly conservative? Love sports, or feel the beach is more a place to read a good book? Are you more likely to be hanging out on a nearly deserted beach in Africa, or at Nikki Beach Club in Ibiza?
No matter what the situation or personality, we’ve found some highly talented and innovative designers who are creating some of the best sustainable swimwear styles for every personality. Which one are you?
Sustainable Swimwear Styles For All Kinds of Personalities
Californian Vanessa Rivers believes that going green can be pretty damn sexy. All her swimwear is made from VITA, a sustainable techno-fabric with ECONYL ®, a 100% recycled polyamide fibre that’s made from pre and post-consumer materials such as discarded fishing nets, recovered by the Healthy Seas initiative. The result? Teeny weeny bikinis that could ‘catch’ just about any guy’s attention!
Best for: These are sustainable swimwear styles for bold babes who got it, and aren’t afraid to flaunt it!
Prices: From $49.50
Patagonia is well known for its ethical practices. So it’s no surprise their clothing is all produced under safe, fair, legal and humane working conditions throughout the supply chain. These sustainable swimwear styles are perfect for the sporty woman. Whether you love water skiing, surfing, kayaking, or, of course, swimming, there’s a style for you!
Best for: Sporty swimwear basics that never sag, or fall off!
Prices: From $59
Got a bad case of wanderlust? Eco Gypsy swimwear comes to you straight from Bali, where it’s handmade by local women from cotton, locally sourced shells and feathers and other materials. These gorgeous sustainable swimwear styles are loved by not only Victoria’s Secret models, but Gwyneth Paltrow, too, who is now selling them on her Goop website!
Best for: Instagramming, of course!
Prices: From $70
Beach culture merges with high fashion in this gorgeous swimwear, which wouldn’t be out of place in Ibiza, St Tropez, Punta del Este or any of the world’s other most stylish hotspots. The brand’s highly original and often hand-embroidered designs have made it one of the most recognisable names in organic swimwear. But that’s not all: La Isla has also been lauded for its use of recycled PET fabric in their creations.
Best for: Turning heads on the beach
Prices: From $47
Highly instagrammable Vitamin A creations are often seen on the world’s most beautiful women, like Gwyneth Paltrow, Jessica Alba, and Rihanna to name a few. These are truly extraordinary swim suits, with a fit that is hip-slimming, curve-hugging, bust-boosting, figure-flattering perfection.
Designer Amahlia Stevens grew up on the beaches of Southern California, studied art history in London and Los Angeles, modelled swimwear, and traveled the world as a design consultant before setting out to design the perfect, luxurious bikini. Mission accomplished, we’d say!
Best for: Lounging on the yacht
Prices: From $99
Not keen on showing too much flesh on the beach, but still want to turn heads? RubyMoon swimwear is the solution. This sustainable brand offers vibrant, high-quality, affordable swim and activewear for women who want great design, functionality and ethics – in fact, RubyMoon helps women set up and grow businesses across the globe.
Yep, that’s right: 100% of the net profits generated by RubyMoon are lent out as small loans to empower women entrepreneurs in eleven nations. And as a tribute to these females, the swimwear pieces are named after the women in whom RubyMoon has invested.
Best for: Modest women who love the sea
Prices: From $85
Criss crossed backs, enticing ties and humorous patterns are but a few of the sustainable swimwear styles Shapes in the Sand uses. They all appeal to the woman who likes to express herself with a bit of cheek. Handmade in Australia from recycled materials, Shapes in the Sand’s designs are perfect for the woman who thinks her most attractive quality is her sense of humour and fun.
Best for: The girl who thinks life is about having a bit of fun!
Prices: From $89
Due to the fact that their sustainable swimwear styles are purposely designed to fit every body shape and size, it’s no surprise that Vanilla Sand calls themselves a ‘feminist swimwear brand.‘
Dedicated to protecting mother earth while supporting local artisans, Vanilla Sand is made by women, for women. The brand works to prevent ocean waste while helping like-minded women feel confidently chic.
Their range uses plant-based dyes and is made in small collections, focusing on quality over quantity. Whether you like tropical prints or bold colours, their feminine cuts are gorgeous! And of course, they’re cut to highlight the female form – whatever shape that may take.
Best for: Women of all shapes, sizes and colours who are truly proud of who they are.
Prices: From $45
Koru swimwear makes sustainable swimwear styles for women who feel they were basically born on the beach! We mean those who are more comfortable barefoot than in boots. Women whose entire wardrobes could fit in a suitcase.
All tops and bottoms can be easily mixed and matched, increasing your wardrobe possibilities exponentially. And most of the fabrics used are made of 100% ECONYL.
Best for: The woman who prefers the feeling of sand between her toes than shoes on her feet
Prices: From $60
If you believe fashion is a reflection of who you are, Styelle’s sustainable swimwear styles are for you.
The brand allows you to make truly unique choices through their wide variety of mix and match designs. Choose, for example, from long-sleeved tops, balcony bralettes or triangle tops. Pair them with hipster, Brazilian or boy short bottoms. Of course, there are one pieces, too!
Created to make stylish women the talk of the beach, the brand nurtures sustainability through its ethical sourcing and biodegradable materials. Each bathing suit is designed to last between 3 and 5 years. And the best part? When you’re done with it, the brand will close the fashion loop for you. Yep, that’s right: they’ll take your old bikini back to recycle, and offer you $25 off anything in their shop, too!
Best for: The woman who feels she’s truly unique in this world
Prices: From $49
First two image credits: Vitamin A