As we trickle into summer, the sun shines a bit brighter, ocean waves invite us in, and we long to spend more time on the beach. The simple idea of relaxing on the shore, sipping Stag Lager or Red Stripe, eating fried fish and festival, or biting into pepper shrimp is absolute perfection. The beach lifestyle in the Caribbean is peppered with food, fun, and laughter. However, it is definitely not without daring, eye-catching bathing suits that will have you diving for everything, but the water. From fun, bright bikinis to revealing one-pieces, these swim wear offer versatility and a diversity of styles, colors, and shapes. Here are seven Caribbean swimwear designers, we should get familiar with this summer.
MiaKalani is the brainchild of Jamaican designer Brittany Johnson. She started her line by simply putting to use her mother’s old sewing machine. Her swimsuits are vibrant, bold, and boast a chic, yet comfortable fit for every shape.
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Jamaican-born Janel Jolly uses intricate detailing, a variety of fabrics, and natural inspiration to make colorful, distinct pieces for her line – Jae Jolly. If you are looking for a show stopping, her swimwear offers a sophisticated and edgy aesthetic.
Photo Courtesy of Jae Jolly/Facebook
– Puerto Rico
Created by Puerto Rican Ana Cristina Ortiz, Ombak Swimwear hosts a collection for the modern, stylish adventurer. Inspired by the designer’s love of beaches and travel, these pieces are sexy, with unique, bold cuts to compliment all women.
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Carolina Socias Beachwear Dominican Republic
CS Beachwear sports classic, geometric designs to complement the tropical environment. They accentuate the curves of women and will certainly make a statement on a beach anywhere.
Photo Courtesy of Carolina Socias Beachwear/Facebook
Coco K’nel Bikini
Coco K’nel Bikini is made in paradise for the bold, carefree, confident woman. Their designs are a mix of patterned and solid print, that are great for lounging or liming.
Photo Courtesy of Lory Coat via Coco K’nel Bikini/Facebook
– St. Croix
Keiann Corlise captures her fresh, youthful energy in her KASS Swimwear designs. These pieces are sure to make any woman feel beautiful, confident, with a hint of sass.
Photo Courtesy of KASS Swimwear/Instagram
– Trinidad & Tobago
Showing the world what sexy means, Rhion Romany’s swimsuits are eye-catching and barely there. His designs are for the more risky, fearless woman who loves to flaunt her figure.
Photo Courtesy of Ted Mebane via Rhion Romany/Facebook
– British Virgin Islands
Kristin Frazer uses her Tortolian background as inspiration for her beachwear line – Trèfle Designs. Her classy, modern, yet comfortable pieces flatter a woman’s curves, and are ideal for the pool, beach, or afternoon sailing.
Photo Courtesy of Norman Allen via Trèfle Designs/Facebook
– The Bahamas
DKlypse Swimwear offers you the chance to bring your own beachwear design to reality. You can be pretty in print, mix and match patterns, or keep it minimal in black or white. And, if you’re not ready to bare too much skin, they also offer dresses and cover ups.
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