Bikinis are the style of suit I wear most often, (well I actually prefer high-waisted bikinis and will do some outfits on those soon.) It’s kind of crazy that bikinis were a part of women’s liberation because now they are so often a societal pain in the ass for women wearing them and are made really cheaply in factories that use child labor and unsustainable practices like dumping chemicals. Throw all that aside and invest in a colorful, or fun bikini, that is well made and will make you feel good.
This bikini series starts off with Mara Hoffman, who started out with swimsuits when she started her brand! This look is all about having fun. The colors are bright, the coverup lets you run around (hopefully without chaffing), and the bag is an apple! (Maybe that can be an inspiration for snacks)
Made with ECONYL, a recycled nylon fabric that you’ll see through my swim series.
Made with organic cotton woven by artisans in India and with linen.
Handmade by artisans in Equador
Made with sustainable acetate derived from wood pulp.
Handmade on the Greek island of Crete with vegetable tanned leather.
I picked out this swimsuit because I loved the colour. It’s paired with some classics you’ve definitely seen around, like that bag, and those shoes, also those sunglasses. Rewear your clothes, everyone! It’s what they are there for.
Made with fair trade certified sewing and recycled polyester.
Different sunglasses, same sustainable acetate.
Made with tencel, a lyocell fabric that is produced in a closed loop sustainable system.
Handmade by artisans in Greece with vechetta leather (vegetable tanned leather.)
I liked this lace bikini because the lace adds an extra detail to the swimsuit. It’s a resort style look that will last you a lifetime, and if you recycled the pieces correctly can last someone else a lifetime too.
Anekdot Swimwear Top and Bottoms
Anekdot is all about upcycling. The nylon is Econyl, a 100% post-consumer waste polyamide yarn. The lace comes from high-quality production leftovers from big runs, originally made for UK brands in the 80s and the elastic trimmings bought in London from a closing down factory in the UK.
Made by artisans in Italy.
It’s handmade in Swaziland from naturally dyed, water-resistant grass fibres using traditional weaving techniques, and finished with black leather trim.
Produced by Congolese women who are survivors of violence, giving them the opportunity to learn a trade and provide for themselves and their families. Inspired by vintage designs, the pieces are crafted from soft Indian cotton.
Different hat, same ethical production.
So I messed up on this look. What is pictured is a lovely Cosabella lingerie set that I thought was a swimsuit. It’s really cute and you can still swim in it, but it’s not a swimsuit and is made ethically in Italy of polyamide not recycled nylon like I somehow remembered it being. The swimsuit linked is an actual swimsuit.
Handmade on both sides of Sicily, with artisans on one side weaving the bag, and artisans on the other side decorating.
Different sandals. Same sustainable Spanish production.
Made in California with recycled nylon fabric from Italy.
Made from wood and cotton based acetate.
Made in small batches by refugee women based in Turkey.
This style of bikini is much more sporty than the others. It reminded me of the swimsuits that the lifeguards at the local public pool used to wear, so I paired it with other useful sporty things like a backpack.
Same sunglasses as before, so it’s the same eco-friendly acetate.
Made with Eco-Nylon and handcrafted in Italy.
Made by traditional artisans in India
Made in the U.K. with ECONYL, which is recycled nylon that comes from fishing nets. Davy J is also working towards a zero waste system and hopes to have a completely closed loop facility by 2020.
Different shoes, same ethical production.