The hot, hazy days of summer have finally arrived. Foggy, icy mornings are a thing of the past and your local gas station is once again your second home. Whether you plan on spending your days at the lake or poolside, we’ve got you covered with a guide to some of summer’s hottest female attire. Not only do these bikinis and boardshorts look amazing, they are designed for function too. Carro Djupsjo, Sian Hurst, Bec Gange, Tracy Baynham and Claire Lutz give us an inside look at some of their favorite pieces from the 2014 summer collections.
Jetpilot has really stepped it up this year in the women’s department. With an expanding range of vests and bathing suits, they are no longer just a male-specific brand. Bec is featured wearing the Jetpilot BEC bathing suit bottoms and the Arc Light bikini.
"The materials that Jetpilot use are really comfortable and the bikinis fit seamlessly to all shapes and sizes. I love the bright colors in the Arc Light design. The bathing suits are stylish, yet not too revealing, so I always feel comfortable in them out on the boat.
"I love my custom Bec bathing suit bottoms as they don’t have any ties on the sides. I find this style way more comfortable to wear under shorts or wetsuits.
Boardshort Highlight: Jetpilot Bec Boardshorts
"I love these boardshorts that I helped custom design. They sit at a perfect length and they are a nice, comfy fit with an elastic band at the top to get in and out of easily. I love how my whole range of bikinis, boardshorts and life jackets flow together." - Bec Gange
When it comes to girl’s swimwear, O’Neill has always been at the forefront of design. With some of the cutest styles around, they always seem to capture that surfer girl vibe perfectly. Carro Djupsjo tells us why she’s rocking O’Neill on and off the water this season:
"My favorite piece of clothing in my wardrobe right now is the Superkini. It’s made from this really comfortable material called Nanofront, which is exclusive to O’Neill. It’s similar to Lycra, but once it gets wet it sticks to your body, which means no more bikini slippage or accidental flashing. The cross-back makes it comfortable to wear all day on the boat and it comes in tons of cool prints, too.
"O’Neill’s bandeau bikinis are perfect to get rid of tan lines after riding or when you just want to chill in the sun. The Bayshore has some of the cutest colors.
Boardshort Highlight: O'Neill Chica
"I like my boardshorts to be simple and comfortable. These boardshorts are just that. They have a drawstring tie, which is designed to connect to your Gooru vest and keep it from flipping up if you take a hard stack. They also come in a million colors so you can match them to just about everything." - Carro Djupso
Billabong is another household name when it comes to swimwear. Their new releases, like surf leggings and wetsuit crop-tops, demonstrate how they are trying a new direction for women’s fashion - and we aren’t complaining! Sian Hurst is native to Ireland, so she understands the importance of having bikinis that not only work well by themselves, but also with wetsuits.
"The Namaste Bustier with Namaste Low Rider is my favourite bikini at the minute. I love the pattern and the fact that everything on it is adjustable. There are ties on the bottoms and straps on the top, which can be made into a racer-back, bra strap or just left off. Perfect for maximum tannage!
"I love the tie top part of the Gypsy Bustier. It feels secure and helps keep everything together underneath my Impact vest; no nip slip surprises!!
"The bottoms of these are low rise and tieless, which makes them perfect to wear under my 5mm in Ireland without those big knot bulges on either side.
Boardshort Highlight: Billabong Faking It
"I love these low rise short shorts. They are made of Billabongs stretchiest material for maximum flexibility and the pineapple print is so cute!" - Sian Hurst
Ten-80 have made a big impact in the wake scene with their vests, but people might not be aware that they have a large selection of bikinis and boardshorts too. All Ten-80 bikinis are specifically made with 80% Polyester and 20% Spandex with nylon liners so they fit comfortably and stay in place during activity.
“All of our bikini tops are the same cut - triangle top fully lined with padding. I love the patterned Heiress style. The strings are also made of the polyester/spandex material so they stretch, which is nice, as they fit comfortably and stay in place.
“The striped bottom Livewire is a modest cut and is perfect for any watersports or activity. There are no strings on the bottom, which I like because they fit better inside of boardshorts with no bunching at the hips. The Sazzy bikini bottom is the low rise and less modest cut. Not really ideal for wakeboarding, but it's more of a fashion bikini style that’s good for getting rid of tan lines.
“Currently, our swimsuits are marked down 55%. Ten-80 also have a 'free exchange' policy - if something is ordered and does not fit properly, they pay for shipping both ways on the exchange at no cost to the buyer. I think that’s cool as I’m very skeptical to buying clothes online, especially if I've never tried on their stuff.
Boardshort Highlight: Ten-80 Bassassin
“These are a shorter style boardshort with an elastic waist and drawstring. They are made of two way supreme stretch polyester material, which makes them comfortable, non-restrictive, and easy to ride in. The pattern is Real Tree Xtra Green Camo and is available in black, blue, green and pink.” - Tracy Baynham
Sensi Graves may not be a name you recognize, but their line of bikinis are quite impressive. Created by a full-time kiteboarder for water sports enthusiasts, Sensi merges style and performance excellently. Claire Lutz is a sponsored kiteboarder, but she spends most of her free time cutting laps at Orlando Watersports Complex on a wakeboard. Claire gives us an inside look at some of Sensi’s most popular pieces, the Dawn top and Lindsay bottoms and Caroline top in stripe and Bella bottoms.
"I love both of these suits because they are built specifically for 'girls who rip.' I like how simple and secure they are in the front, but they have crazy tie designs in the back. This kind of style looks good and stays on no matter what sport you’re into."
Stay tuned for Part II dropping soon!