One-piece swimsuits have made a comeback with some of Australia’s best swimwear brands returning to the timeless style.
For years the one-piece was associated with modest, middle-aged women. Then for a time, one-pieces with bold prints, frills and general frou-frou had a spot in the sun. But with the growing trend of minimalist fashion, swimwear has taken a turn for the better. An emphasis on quality, shape and fit is turning one-pieces into fashionable, understated swimwear for women of any age. And they’re flattering.
“People just want to strip back. Something subtle can be just as interesting as something with a whole lot of detail,” says Australian swimwear label EPHEMERA’s designer Nicole Banning. “The one-piece is timeless. It’s about a clever cut, graphic detailing and a beautiful, interesting construction.
“Australians do the best swimwear. We live and breathe the beach. We just know how to design swimwear,” says Banning.
Her. keeps things classic. The Australian-made label’s minimalist approach and attention to detail makes it one of our top picks for summer.
The current collection has five different styles – Jill, Dylan, Ester, Freja and Georgia – each masterful in their simplicity. Each swimsuit is carefully cut and detailed to accentuate and flatter and is available in cool blues, black, white, khaki and stone greys.
EPHEMERA one-pieces are designed to last. Made from clean, high-quality Italian Lycra, the brand’s swimsuits are Australia-proof – there’ll be no fading and no sagging or stretching if cared for properly.
Designs feature lace-up backs, double-crossed straps and bold lines. The brand’s signature black, laced-back swimsuit is what Banning refers to as “the little black dress of the beach”. It’s elegant but modern. “If you’ve got a beautiful cut and classic colour, you can never go wrong,” says Banning.
Although the Sydney-based label only ventured into swimwear this year, it sure got it right. Tightly edited, fuss-free and decisively simple, Assembly swimwear is made from Italian-made Carvico lycra to ensure it lasts through many Australian summers.
With only one full-piece available, it’s easy to choose. The Elle features a low, scoop back and is available in olive, navy, coffee, black and white, sticking to Assembly’s neutral colour palette.
Matteau swimwear is simple, clean and practical. With only two full-piece designs – the cross-back maillot and the square maillot – this Sydney-based label is the definition of minimalism.
Both timeless, no-fuss styles make dressing for the beach effortless and are available in black, navy, olive, marigold, amber, pink clay and plum.
After moving into fine jewellery, Bassike’s philosophy of modern silhouettes and clean design has crossed over into a swimwear range.
Even the names of each one-piece are rudimentary – there’s the scoop back, the ruched back, the classic and the cross back. Available in black or navy with white polka dots, Bassike’s one-pieces are feminine, elegant and modern.
The Melbourne swimwear label, renowned for its triangle bikinis, has now launched a one-piece collection. Like all its swimwear, Triangl one-pieces are made from thick, durable neoprene – often used for wetsuits – which creates a smooth silhouette.
The least minimal of the list, Triangl full-pieces combine clean lines and simple cuts with bright, pastel colours and floral embroidery.
The new one-piece swimsuits start at $126 and come in six new styles: the Reine, Nicola, Sisine, Marilou, Alexis and Rena. Bold, playful and available in colours such as mint, pink and marigold.
FELLA is feminine but edgy. No frills, prints or padding, just well-constructed swimsuits with bold cuts and graphic detailing.
One-pieces are what FELLA does best, with 11 different styles available in the current collection. Some of the most popular one-pieces include the Mad Max – a ’70s-style high-neck, low-back swimsuit with mesh inserts at the sides – and the super sleek Benny, featuring a straight-across front neckline, thin straps and an open back with a band across.