An incomprehensive list of things we’re missing at the moment: mid-July heat, a pool-full of friends and that trusty bikini that carries you from high noon cocktails to late afternoon barbecues that inevitably spill into the evening. Given our, ahem, circumstances (not least of which the flip-flopping spring weather) we’ll be waiting a little longer for backyard patio season, so until then, we’ll settle for these of-the-moment swimsuits to get us in the sunny mood.
Muskoka Bikini, Prairie Swim
Thanks to its adjustable ties up top and on the bottom, everything about this bikini is totally accommodating to your body shape and comfort level. Plus, it comes in that universally flattering pink shade—the colour of seashells, sunsets and your cheeks after a day in the sun. *sigh*
Swim Maillot, Fortnight Lingerie
By now, your swimwear collection is probably heavy on basic black pieces. May we suggest dipping into a sophisticated navy instead? This midnight-blue maillot is constructed with the same figure-defining principles that Toronto-based designer Christina Remenyi employs in her lingerie line.
Sahara Swimsuit, Rielli
Since launching less than two years ago, Rielli has racked up some notable celeb fans (both Kim and Kourtney K. have been snapped in their suits.) There’s a good reason for it: the brand’s made-to-order designs, like this sexy two-piece, are fabricated in an ultra-comfy crinkle material that hugs—and smoothes—in all the right places.
Mer Stripe Bikini, Montce
When actually swimming falls second to making a statement, this OTT two-piece is a sure bet. With puff sleeves, a graphic neckline and that spirited, all-over print (a pretty spot-on Missoni dupe if you ask us), it’s an undisputed head-turner on the pool deck.
Aster Swimsuit, Triangl
The ideal bikini for those who prefer their swimwear on the “barely there” end of the spectrum. It’s skimpy, strappy and constructed in a honey-coloured crush velvet (which has the A-okay to swim in, we checked), so pretty much the 2000s-era two-piece you’ve been dreaming of.
Adicolor Classics Primeblue Swimsuit, Adidas
You don’t have to have your butterfly stroke nailed down to sport this clean-lined one-piece. Made from 85 percent recycled material that’s tinted a dynamic lavender colourway we’re particularly keen on, it’s a prime example of activewear amped up to contemporary perfection.
Porcelain Ruffle One Shoulder One Piece, Peony Swimwear
If you never fancied yourself the flounces and frills type, this cut-out maillot might just change your mind. Done up in an antique floral print inspired by Renaissance-era porcelain, it’s the kinda thing you wear while vacationing in Lake Como—or lounging on your 30 square foot patio. Either will do at this point.
Waffled Scalloped Bikini, Aerie
Those who know, know: Aerie designs some of the most affordable, size-inclusive swimsuit staples out there. This fiery two-piece, which comes decked out in a textured waffle fabric with a sweet scalloped edge, is an optimal choice for those cottage weekends perpetually spent in a bather.
Cut-Out One-Piece Swimsuit, Sanctuary
Craving a bit more coverage? This long-sleeve maillot—colour-blocked in a trio of neutral hues—is the very definition of swimwear elegance. Just don’t forget to double down on the SPF; you might end up with some peculiar tan lines otherwise.
Jaguar Swimsuit, Monday Swimwear
Calling all busty babes: this balconette-style bikini with tall, underwire-assisted cups supports even the fullest of chest sizes. Printed in a stand-out, but somehow incredibly practical jaguar pattern (it’s pretty much a neutral, no?), this Monday Swimwear pick is a beachwear classic in the making.
Floral-Strap Bikini, Mango
Talk about wearable whimsy: these daisy chain straps—shouldering a basic, butter-yellow bikini—totally do the trick. Paired with 80s-inspired, high-waisted bottoms, this playful two-piece is made for all-day sun-lounging—bake, flip, repeat.
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