MBFWA showed us the swimwear trends for the coming summer
We have learned that athletic is the new sexy.
We’re reader-supported and may be paid when you visit links to partner sites. We don’t compare all products in the market, but we’re working on it!
Day four at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia was swimwear and athleisure day. Australia's best names in swimwear and activewear (plus a few international names) came together to show us what we're going to wear this coming summer. And we weren't disappointed!
Throughout every swim collection there was a clear athletic and sporty vibe in the cuts and shapes of the pieces. We saw sleeved one pieces designed for performance, vest style tops, neoprene fabrics and exposed stitching. Unlike the ready-to-wear collections of Day one, two and three, colour and bright prints took the main stage – a nice break from the monochrome we'd seen from the previous three days. We saw animal prints, loads of floral and even some playful retro-inspired prints.
Scroll through to see all the colour, trends and cuts you'll be buying in six months. Bring on summer!
We Are Handsome
Trends: Sporty, 90's retro
Key styles and cuts: High-cut bikini bottoms, sporty performance designed tops, Baywatch-esque high-cut one-pieces.
What we loved: The vibrancy and colour of this comparatively large collection was a well-deserved break from the monochrome themes of many of the other resort collections. The clear nod to 90s style through the high cuts and prints had us filled with warm and fuzzy waves of nostalgia. We can't wait to get our hands on some of these dynamic and super-flattering pieces.
Key styles and cuts: Skimpy cuts, low-plunge one-pieces.
What we loved: Camilla's "Jambo Jambo" resort collection was inspired by the culture and colour of Kenya. The brand stuck to its heavily embellished and printed aesthetic, but the African theme could be seen through the rich orange, red and yellow prints. We loved the vibrant colour and joyousness of the collection.
Swim Showcase: Duskii Active
Trends: Sporty, African-inspired
Key styles and cuts: Sporty lines, triangle tops, performance designed one-pieces.
What we loved: The Moroccan theme of the Duskii Active "Paradis" Resort 17 collection came through in the colour. Rich metallic bronze tones, warm reds and midnight blue-conjured vibes of Arabian nights, bohemian glamour and lavish oases. Duskii remained true to its activewear aesthetic through the sport lines and shapes of the pieces.
Swim Showcase: Palm Swimwear
Trends: White, femininity.
Key styles and cuts: High-waisted briefs, crossover and wrapped shapes.
What we loved: The collection called Qualia broke the swimwear mould. The softer feminine styles with whites and muted tones were in contrast to the sporty vibe of the rest of the shows. It was great to know there will be some variety come summer.
Swim Showcase: Aqua Blu
Trends: Floral prints, animal prints, sporty.
Key styles and cuts: Sports bra-style tops, zippers, high necks.
What we loved: The "Chase The Sun" collection from Aqua Blu combined athletic cuts and sporty designs with romantic and feminine fabrics. The collection is striking and wearable.
Trends: Athleisure, location-based prints.
Key styles and cuts: High-neckline tops, vest-style tops, one-pieces.
What we loved: Bondi Bather is famous for its exclusive prints created by Australian photographers. This collection showcased prints of the natural world including mountainous landscapes and sunsets on the beach.
Trends: Sporty, florals, sleeves.
Key styles and cuts: Exposed stitching, mid-rise cuts, performance-designed one-pieces.
What we loved: Cynthia Rowley's swimwear was colourful and feminine while also practical and athletic. The collection featured a number of wetsuit-like, sleeved one-pieces and practical two-pieces. It was clear to see that sporty is the new sexy.
More guides on Finder
Finder Daily Deals: The 5 best online deals in Australia today
Today's best Finder Daily deals include: 70% off Tyre Puncture Repair Kits, FREE Lego gift, 75% off Foldable Home Fitness Gyms.
10 Aussie women running their own fashion and beauty empires
Let's celebrate 10 Aussie women running their own fashion and beauty empires like a boss.
Best bed sheets in Australia
From the best sheets for summer to the most luxurious threads, these are the 7 best bed sheets you can get in Australia right now.
Australian spring fashion trends to try in 2021
If you're looking to update your spring wardrobe, keep these trends in mind.
Where to buy Australian made face masks
Protect yourself and your loved ones from airborne nasties while supporting the local economy by buying your face mask from a local maker and shaker.
Sites like PrettyLittleThing for on-trend fashion
If you love PrettyLittleThing’s wide array of affordable fashion, you’ll want to check out these 10 similar stores.
What you should be buying this Afterpay Day March 2020
Here's what we're loving (and buying) this Afterpay Day.
The coolest Mardi Gras 2020 collections you can shop now
Whether you're looking to show your Pride or offer your support, there are plenty of great Mardi Gras-inspired items to shop this year.
Our favourite summer shoe trends that you need to try in 2021
This is the guide you need when you're looking for your next go-to summer shoes, plus check out our top picks from the brands you love.
How to go zero waste in the kitchen with zero effort
Going zero waste in the kitchen is nothing new – we've been doing it for thousands of years but simply forgot the recipe. Let us show you how easy it is to get back into it.
Ask an Expert