The fashion editor-approved resortwear brands worth blowing your holiday budget for
You found the most beautiful hotel with the most incredible view.
You have decided, importantly, on your favourite lounger and your tan is accelerating at a similar rate (even more importantly) as your friendship with the barman. It’s a perfect poolside scene.
Don’t ruin it by slinging on some old denim shorts over your bikini for lunch... max out your absolutely fabulous holiday vibe with some equally killer resort wear.
Founded in 2018 by Argentinean-born fashion photographer Josefina Alazraki Theo, Casa Raki makes beautifully constructed swimwear from Econyl and pared back, elegant beachwear from organic cotton and a recycled castor bean fabric in a couture factory in Portugal. From minimal one pieces to mix and match bikinis in block colours, this is a brand for those that don’t do frills or florals.
Price range: £75-£285. Available at: Matches, Selfridges, Harvey Nichols
Byron Bay-based resort and swimwear label Boteh was launched in the pandemic with a mission to champion artisan techniques and responsibly made fabrics. The brand, which picked up UK stockists like Browns, Matches and Harrods in the last year, is big on clashing mosaic and paisley prints in organic cottons and flax linen. Brand founder Amelia Mather studied textiles at university and thus hand block prints, Ikat weaving and specialist dyeing processes are a focus. The result is an elevated boho vibe that looks as good in a beach hut in Nicaragua as it does a cove in Capri.
Price range: £62-£381. Available at: Browns, Farfetch, Harrods and Matches
Anyone in the market for beachwear that doubles as clubwear should check out the brilliantly sparkly Milanese swimwear label Oseree, whose glittering stretch lurex pieces have become a glitterati go-to, from the dancefloors of Ibiza to the bar terraces of Tulum. The itty-bitty bikinis, lamé sarongs and micro minis ooze Seventies glamour, but it’s the floor-sweeping glittery feather-trim lurex gowns that are really worth throwing a villa party for.
Price range: £180-475. Available at: Harrods, Browns and Selfridges
Launched by two sisters and their best friend in 2020, Second Summer is a minimal beachwear label inspired by the effortless cool of Ibiza. Majoring in eco-dyed linens and swimwear made from a fabric that’s 100 per cent biodegradable and recyclable, (it decomposes by 50 per cent in one year and is completely dissolved in three years), the brand does timeless pieces in a muted palette that will work summer after after summer; without breaking the bank.
Price range: £25- £395
Looking for something to wear to your next destination wedding? Amotea is an eventwear label founded in Rome in 2019, that produces feminine but sophisticated forever pieces inspired by the romance of the Italian riviera. Alongside a capsule of elevated beach-ready basics of shorts, shirts and ribbed knitwear, Amotea majors in dramatic tired maxi skirts, floral co-ords and gowns that are perfect for hot weather weddings and glamorous Positano nights.
Price range: £125 - £600. Available at: Harrods
Alexandra Miro launched her eponymous label with a single sculpting swimsuit – named the ‘Lara’ after Lara Stone – back in 2017. The sell-out style spurred the London-based designer to expand into bold, ultra-flattering swimwear and resort wear, crafted in Portugal and India respectively. If you’re into colourful, feminine prints, belted swimsuits and unapologetically glamorous floor-sweeping kaftans, this one’s for you.
Price range: £190-£450. Available at: Browns, Farfetch and MyTheresa
Aussie swimwear label Triangl found fame when it launched back in 2012 with its signature neoprene bikinis but has since expanded into everything from sparkly lurex to terry towelling and even velvet. In 2021 the brand launched the 3-piece swimsuit: a bikini plus matching hot pants, mini skirt or a sarong – your one way ticket to Bondi beach babe.
Price Range: £65-£130
Agua by Agua Bendita
Agua by Agua Bendita has been making swimwear in Colombia since 2003. Crafted by female artisans in Medellin, the brand pays homage to Latin America with designs inspired by the area’s biodiversity and culture – think romantic florals, palm prints and delicate hand embroideries. From flattering high-waisted bikinis and ditsy minis to dramatic one-shouldered gowns, the pieces are big on drama with a day-to-night feel.
Price range: £115-£1500. Available at: Harrods, Matches, Koibird, Net-a-Porter
Catherine Johnson initially launched Three Graces London in 2015 as a luxury nightwear brand. However when she discovered people were flocking to Selfridges in droves to buy her floaty white cotton nighties to wear to the beach, launching beachwear became the natural next step. Think billowing, super-fine silk and linen in gorgeous Grecian, 'grammable styles.
Price range: £250-£730. Available at: Farfetch, Matches and Net-a-Porter.
Central Saint Martins graduate Georgia Thompson worked as a designer for Reiss, Topshop, French Connection and Heidi Klein before launching her own label in 2016. And her experience and knowledge of technical cuts and fabrications certainly shows – from delicate cut work on digital prints to double-faced lycras, these are beach garms you’ll feel your most gorgeous in.
Price range: £95-665
If your idea of a perfect holiday involves drifting from the pool to a sunset Aperol spritz without a care in the world or need to change outfits, stuff your suitcase to the brim with Kalita. The brainchild of London-based Texan-Iraqi Kalita Al Swaidi who has more stamps in her passport than most, Kalita pieces are crafted from organic cotton or parachute silk, hand-dyed by artisans using eco-friendly dyes and designed to breeze beautifully from the beach to the bar.
Prices range: £350-£820. Available at: Matchesfashion.com, Net-a-Porter and Moda Operandi.
This LA cool-girl label shot to social media stardom with Coachella flower crowns in 2011, but is these days a major player when it comes to elevated Insta-worthy holiday garms. From crochet sets to strappy cut-out gowns an blingy bikinis, Cult Gaia is chic, colourful and sartorially bang on the money. You’ll be invited for drinks on someone’s yacht in no time.
Price range: £125- £2800. Available at: Moda Operandi.
Inspired by a love affair with Bali, Cloe Cassandro launched her namesake brand in 2016. Her signature crinkle cut silk designs are all ethical and handmade using artisan Indonesian tailoring techniques and batik.
Price range: £104- £290. Available at: Net-a-Porter, Moda Operandi and Browns.
Founded by Mauritian model Alicia Rowntree, this brand is your one-way ticket to laid back, cool girl island style. From tailored minimal block colour swimsuits to floaty cover-ups featuring prints inspired by Mauritian nature – all hand painted by Alicia from watercolour sketches - the brand’s designs are produced on the island, supporting local creativity and craftsmanship.
Price range: £95- £315.