Suit Up: Escape from New York
For some, the holiday season means curling up around the fireplace with family and friends, sipping eggnog, and unwrapping presents against a backdrop of snow. For others, however, the holidays are a time to pack up the suitcase and jet off to some of the hottest holiday travel destinations. If you happen to find yourselves included among those who’ll be ditching the wintry slopes in favor of sun-soaked beaches this year, we’re certain you’ll need to find the perfect swimsuit. No matter if you’re headed to Miami or Ibiza, our list of the top swimwear labels for both men and women will make sure you look your best no matter where you’re going.
Rosa Cha – A favorite among model and celebrity types, Rosa Cha’s designs can be spotted everywhere from the beaches of Brazil to the shores of Palm Beach. The ultra luxe line offers plenty of stylish and sexy swimwear options including bandeau bikinis and beautiful silk cover-ups that can take you straight from the pool to the lounge.
Roxy – If you’re hoping to have a little fun in the sun this holiday season, then Roxy is for you. You can’t go wrong with an old favorite, and, after all these years, Roxy has proven that it can still design sexy, jaw-dropping bathing suits. No longer strictly relegated to the younger, teenage set, Roxy is all grown up and now offers a number of body-enhancing styles in fun, feminine patterns.
Eres – With just the right amount of refinement and sophistication, Eres designs tasteful, high-quality swimwear that women everywhere love. Shying away from showing its seasonal collections on the runways of Miami and Brazil, the Parisian label is less about trends and more about designing for the sensibilities of a woman’s body. A perfect option for the most luxurious of holiday getaway destinations.
Malia Mills – While the swimsuits at Malia Mills certainly don’t come cheap, trust us when we tell you the designs are worth every penny. Made in the U.S., Malia Mills places a special emphasis on highlighting the unique qualities of a woman’s body and ensuring a perfect fit, making sure that you get noticed both on the beach and off.
Basta – Combining fashion with function, Basta swimwear experiments with sophisticated shapes while also using technical, high-quality fabrics. Taking the diversity of female body types into consideration when designing, Basta employs dual fabric technology and seamless construction to ensure their swimsuits stand the test of time. If you find that quality is key when choosing swimwear, then Basta is definitely for you.
Sundek - A favorite among surfers during the 1970s, Sundek is one of America’s most iconic swimwear brands. Having seen a resurgence among stylish beach goers in recent years thanks to slimmer, more modern cuts; Sundek offers a number of versatile silhouettes in bold, solid colors. With a signature multicolor rainbow stripe adorning the seat of its trunks, Sundek is an appropriate option whether you’re catching waves in Maui or relaxing poolside in Miami.
Prada – When it comes to swimwear, you’d be hard pressed to find an option more stylish than Prada. With cuts that emphasize the physique and fabrics engineered to dry quickly, the Italian label offers a wide variety of styles suitable for nearly every body type; ranging from nylon briefs to mesh-lined trunks in ultra-cool prints and tasteful solids. Even if you aren’t venturing off to the Riviera this holiday season, Prada’s swim styles will definitely have you feeling like a million bucks.
Saturdays NYC- Having made quite a name for themselves among the city’s hip downtown crowd, New York City-based Saturdays Surf is the perfect spot to pick up a pair of casual board shorts for your quick weekend getaway. Devoid of the tacky, overworked designs so common among many of today’s surf labels, it’s nearly impossible to go wrong with any one of the label’s retro-inspired styles.
Reyn Spooner – Commonly referred to as the “Brooks Brothers of the Pacific,” Hawaiian label Reyn Spooner has a rich history that dates back to the 1950s. Best known for its kitschy shirts that feature vintage floral prints, the label also has a stable of vintage-inspired swim trunks that start out at 5″ inseams and gradually increase to longer lengths. With more than 50 years worth of rich, graphic archive prints to choose from, Reyn Spooner is perfect for any guy seeking to stand out in all the right ways.
Vilebrequin – If you’re looking for beach wear that screams luxury, look no further than Vilebrequin. Originally established on the beaches of Saint Tropez, the swimwear label designs eye-catching trunks that burst with print and color. The kaleidoscopic patterns combined with the slim, contemporary cuts will instantly transform your look from sleep-deprived vacationer to international playboy.