African swimwear brands FTW
As far as we’re concerned, Christmas holiday season is the kick-off of official beach aka swimwear season. Bring on the day parties, sand in our toes, Moet et Chandon cocktails on repeat, and a trip to Pop Beach Club (pretty please?). While we can’t live out our daydreams of being forever young and moving to Ilashe permanently, we can think about how cute we’ll look in the swimwear brands we are currently crushing on.
Find the perfect new suit for every poolside and beach house in our guesswork-free guide to the swimwear brands you need to know about now.
It’s no secret that Olori Swim is having a major moment right now. Ibrahim Hasan and Dunnie Onasanya- Hasan the creative duo behind the line, design luxury swimwear for women ‘to celebrate the essence of African, black and melanin rich queens of all shapes and sizes. Their signatures are print and cutout details (think slivers of underboob and metallic accents), deceptively simple designs that combine sex appeal with luxury.
Excellent for: Your “Insta-baddie” Insta-moment.
Want to stay ahead of the curve? Sport a bikini from Nigerian-American swimwear brand Bfyne Swim Founded by designer Buki Ade, the brand is ‘an unapologetic tribute to women’s curves and confidence, with purposely-cut lines and strategically placed seams, make even the most boyish figure alluring’ .The line is equally perfect for margaritas on the beach or a spontaneous dip in the water.
Excellent for: When you want to feel like a total vixen!
Okay, it’s no secret, but we couldn’t leave Andrea Iyamah off the list. You’ve probably seen this Nigerian- Canadian brand all over Instagram , bloggers and celebrities by now, and with good reason. Dumebi Iyamah’s print-tastic bikinis and one pieces have reached must-have status in just a few short years. Rock A.I for the perfect ‘gram, every time.
Excellent for: Finding the suit that no one else has in their arsenal.
Drinks all day, partying all night—there’s nothing like a beach getaway. Diarra Blu by boss babe Diarra Bousso is designed to take you from day to night. Inspired by Bousso’s Senegalese heritage, the beautiful line features super elegant, predominantly indigo- hued designs. Diarra Blu is part SoCal, part Dakar, and a whole lotta sexy. From the skin-baring bikinis to cutout one-pieces, this is one brand you’ll want in your swimwear arsenal this holiday in the tropics.
Excellent for: Pretending you’re vacationing along the French Riviera. Or actually vacationing along the French Riviera.
US.-based brand Aude Swim is gaining traction this year for their sexy, and versatile African print designs. Offered in a quite a few silhouettes and colorways, meaning it’s easy to find something suited (pun intended) for your body type.the bikinis and one pieces are elevated basics for the “modern girl” who wants to feel ‘vivacious and effortlessly sexy’.
Excellent for: Matching your WOW Nails mani
Designed by travel blogger Yasmeen of She Travels Luxe, Ashanti Swim is a fashion-minded swimwear line for Ashanti Queens. With bold colours and artfully placed patterns, Ashanti is ideal for the bold beachgoer and avid traveller.
Excellent for: A quick weekend getaway to Ilashe, Goree or the white sands of Grand Bassam.
What style is your favourite? Let us know in the comments
PS: These accessories will go perfectly with your bikini.