a sheen [which can make a suit look cheap],” she adds. Minimal line Miné Mediterranean uses the same Italian fabric inside and out for a luxe feel, and surfer-inspired brand Dos Gardenias sources its neoprene from Japan. For Vancouver swimwear designer Beth Richards, whose knotted styles have been worn by Miranda Kerr, the higher price tag reflects the use of athletic-grade materials (some styles even offer UV protection) and a madein-Canada mandate. “The swimsuits are made by someone like you or me, which makes labour costs higher,” says Richards. “Brands go to great lengths to test swimwear,” adds Chelsea Power, buyer at MATCHESFASHION. COM. A well-made swimsuit won’t deteriorate from the sun, salty water or chemicals—just don’t sit on poolside concrete or it will pill.
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Cotton and silk scarf, Matta ($276, at Everything but Water, everythingbutwater.com)
Acetate and crystal earrings, Lele Sadoughi ($254, lelesadoughi.com)
Spandex, elastane and polyamide swimsuit, La Reveche ($429, at farfetch.com) Iraka-palm fan, Soraya Hennessy ($50, sorayahennessy.com)
Polyamide and elastane swimsuit, Clube Bossa ($472, at Intermix, intermixonline.com) Nylon and elastane swimsuit, Azura ($176, at Swimco, swimco.com)
Viscose and rayon dress, Guess ($118, guess.ca)
TPU jelly, wood and EVA, Dr. Scholl’s ($94, at Urban Outfitters, urbanoutfitters.com)
Polyester and spandex top and bottoms, Wet Swimwear ($113 and $87, wet-swimwear.com)
Nylon and elastane top and bottoms, La Vie en Rose ($39.95 and $29.95, lavieenrose.com)