Ryan and I ship off for Australia in six days, and in preparation I've spent the past couple of months doing a deep dive into the ethical swimwear game; the fruits of which I am happy to share with you today.
Swimwear, intimates and workout clothes kind of feel like afterthoughts whenever people talk about ethical fashion, but like the rest of the industry, there are a slew of established and emerging designers who are making beautiful swimsuits while upholding human rights and considering environmental impact. As someone who grew up at the beach, I hold my suits to a pretty high standard. I need them to keep everything looking good, while allowing me to surf and swim and generally play pretty hard in the ocean. Luckily for me, these three ethical swimwear brands fit the bill on all accounts!
| VITAMIN A |
Vitamin A has been around for a while, and never fails to produce flattering, high-quality suits. They pride themselves on tracking their environmental footprint and using recycled fabrics produced in California to conserve resources. They are also actively engaged in the welfare of their factory employees, and donate a percentage of profits to environmental nonprofits. Though their prices come in a little higher than the other two companies I'm reviewing, the construction and commitment to ethical production make these suits well worth the price. For this trip I picked up the Neutra Maillot in charcoal EcoLux (currently on sale!) and love it. I am a gal who more often than not feels most comfortable in a one-piece. Even when I'm at my leanest, I think there is something quite sexy about a one-piece with some well-placed cutouts. The Neutra is just that, and I can't wait to wear it while sailing around the Whitsunday islands.
| BIKYNI |
Bikyni is a relatively new kid on the block, and I am completely in love with their ethos. Their marketing pitch includes the phrase, "you don't need a better body, you need a better swimsuit," their prices are unbeatable (all around the $50 mark), and they are made in good ol' the US of A. They also make my minimalist-design loving heart sing, and the fits are very flattering. I tried out the Long Line in Hula and paired it with the Tieless String in the same color. Even though I loved it, I ended up sending them back only because the top didn't quite fit my bust. That said, I highly encourage you to give them a try for yourself.
| COCODUNE |
Cocodune is changing the swimwear world for the better. Without a doubt, shopping with them has been one of my most favorite swim try-on experiences of my life (and c'mon, we all know that that's saying something). Just like Vitamin A and Bikyni, Cocodune's suits are made by hand in Los Angeles, and their separates start around the $50 mark, but what really makes them unique is their at-home try on experience. When you shop with Cocodune, you can choose four items to have shipped to your house free of charge. After five days of trying things on, you return what you don't want and get charged for what you keep. If you keep even one thing, the cost of shipping and the cleaning fee of what you sent back is waved. If you send it all back, you pay to ship and have the pieces cleaned before they are sent to the next bikini enthusiast. It's that simple.
I absolutely adore Cocodune's fabrics and silhouettes. Their lines are uber flattering, and I also feel pretty secure in both the tops and bottoms. Being able to try the suits on in the comfort of my own home, without first having to purchase was a pretty fantastic experience, and made the whole process that much easier and more relaxing. I happened to pick up the Drive Crop Top in Port, with the Score Basic bottoms in the same color, and I think it's the suit I'm the most excited to don on Bondi Beach.
I'm bringing four swimsuits with me for a 10 day trip. Is that excessive? I don't even care - they're all just so good. And with that, I'm outtie. T-minus six days until we are sipping cocktails at the airport, getting ready to board our flight! I just can't wait!