Spring is almost here. Okay, that is just a rumor we heard that we can neither confirm nor deny, but these tundra-like temperatures have to end sometime, right? And what is the first thing we are going to do when the earth unthaws? Head to the beach.
While we have lost a finger or two to frostbite in the past couple weeks, that hasn't stopped us from preparing for swimsuit season. We've been going to the gym, working on our abs -- just kidding, we've actually been eating Nutella and watching Netflix -- but we have been online shopping for the coolest swim gear around. Everyone knows to head to J.Crew or Victoria's Secret, but who wants to be spotted in the same suit as their friend? To help get you the most unique (and stylish) two-piece, we've rounded up nine under-the-radar brands that are really killing it.
Herewith, the bikini brands that are about to blow up.
Cali Dreaming is making waves (pun intended), so if you aren't already familiar with the swimwear brand, it's only a matter of time. Tons of their suits have been featured in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition and for a good reason. The fashion-forward company offers something for everyone -- if one of their neutral suits isn't your thing, they also have a beautiful selection of hand-painted, printed options.
If you're a minimalist, we've found the perfect swimwear line for you. Hackwith Design House's bathing suits are made up entirely of neutrals and since there are no colors or patterns, you can mix and match pieces from the entire collection. Though we love how sleek HDH Swim looks on the body, the best part of the line has to be that is it designed with curves in mind.
When Gabby Sabharwal became frustrated because she couldn't find bathing suits with fashion-forward prints, she didn't mope around, instead she created her own line, Giejo. Giejo offers interchangeable swim separates featuring versatile patterns and figure-flattering silhouettes. And trust us, you are going to want to buy these babies by the dozen.
San Lorenzo Bikinis are anything but basic. The line, which started in Lima, Peru back in 1991, features intricate designs (think lots of braided bikini bottoms and interlace high neck tops) and bright, bold colors.
Kiini is the brand that fashion girls love. The NY-based company can count "it" girls like Leandra Medine and Hannah Bronfman as fans. The teeny weeny bikinis are made using handmade crochet, elastic and other high tech fabrics and they feature no clasps, buttons or ties for the most comfortable fit.
If the Australians know one thing, it's how to make a killer swimsuit. Zulu & Zephyr is an Australian lifestyle brand that produces swimwear fit for any beach bum. Between the leopard print bikinis, high-waisted bottoms and halter-neck one-pieces, you're going to have a tough time just picking one.
It looks like the Aussies have done it again. Graphic prints and vivid colors are the name of the game with this line and though you may not be familiar with We Are Handsome by name, you have probably spotted one of their suits on an A-lister like Beyoncé or Rihanna.
Yes, One Teaspoon makes great denim shorts, but they also make pretty cool bathers. They definitely skew on the risqué side, but if you're looking for something different, look no further.
If you like feminine details and delicate touches, Sea Dreamer has a bikini for you. Stunning hand-crocheted one-pieces and bathing suit tops that double as crop tops are just a few examples of the things you'll find on their site.