It’s July, which typically equates to hotter temperatures, fancy beach club daybeds dotting your weekend itinerary, and for the lucky some, jetting off to an oceanfront view. While this typically entails dumping the few trusty coordinated bikini sets into your travel tote, the arrival of summer can be the perfect excuse to spruce up your standard summer staples with beachwear pieces that pack extra heat.
If you’re lacking seasonal swimspo, who better to draw inspiration from than our favourite A-List it girls? From resident beach girly Dua Lipa’s vibrant beachfront looks, courtesy of less-is-more brand Heavy Manners, to Isa Boulder’s twisted, knitted and woven swim renditions that recently gained Rihanna’s stamp of approval, discover swimwear capsules designed to rival the warming weather.
With celebrity fans like Megan Thee Stallion (who literally wrote the song on Hot Girl Summer) and Billie Eilish, Miaou has cemented its position as a cult label. While best known for their corset tops and latex pieces, as worn by Blackpink, Miaou’s design ethos of youthful dressing has loud, fluorescent prints splashed across its collections—including swimwear.
2. Hunza G
Subscribers of Gou-mania, a term used to coin the allure of Berghain-cool Peggy Gou, will know the DJ for her hasn’t been one to shy away from a beachspo moment. Known for her cool-girl Berlin style, the DJ has been well-documented as a fan of high-cut, leggy designs, courtesy of Hunza G. The brand keeps the swimwear styles simple, but zhuzh-s it up with the signature crinkle finishing and the occasional ring-detail, as seen on 90’s it girl Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman.
3. Isa Boulder
Originating as a swimwear brand, Isa Boulder, founded by Cecilia Basari and Yuli Suri, ticks all the right boxes in the art of visual interest. Favoured by the likes of Rihanna, Kim Kardashian, and FKA Twigs, the brand has evolved to become a mainstay in celebrity summer wardobes. Having now expanded into knitwear as well, Isa Boulder’s spring/summer 2023 collection reflects the brand’s reverence for Balinese craftsmanship, taking advantage of techniques like weaving and crochet to create artful swimwear pieces to tantalise the eye.
Raise a glass, Kali Uchis-style, to Miami label Voight, which perfectly encapsulates the raunchiness of the naughties with its collections. Cheeky cuts and cut-outs are doused in the right amounts of metallics and Barbie-esque pink, guaranteeing a flattering homage to the 00’s when worn on any body type.
5. Norma Kamali
A veteran in the realm of swimwear, Norma Kamali established itself as a pioneer in creating flattering swim pieces, and one that’s been celebrity-approved time and again. It girls across decades—spanning Megan Fox, Miley Cyrus and Jennifer Lopez—have shown love for the label’s Marissa cut, an extra leggy, backless one-piece silhouette available in a plethora of embellishments and hues. Given the brand’s veteran status, expect a wide range of cuts; think tankinis, toga one-pieces, classic bikinis, and more, in a wider range of colours and designs, promising something for everybody.
Self-Portrait’s 2023 resort collection encapsulates the quintessence of hot-girl summer. Flattering high-waist silhouettes and all-over crystals flood the swim line for the season. Gigi Hadid has been known to frequently front the brand’s campaigns, which has also been supported by the likes of Olivia Rodrigo, Selena Gomez and Red Velvet’s Joy.
7. Fruity Booty
Sustainable swim and lingerie label Fruity Booty has earned its spot among A-listers, having been donned by the likes of the Kendall Jenner, Ariana Grande, and most recently making the news for a collaboration with Japanese supermodel Kiko Mizuhara. With a knack for cute prints and cuter embellishments, the brand offers swim pieces that accentuate a darling poolside aura.
RoomSERVICE888’s designs reflect a fervent appreciation for all things Y2K, reflected time and again within its swim capsules. As approved by one of the main it girls of TikTok, Addison Rae, the brand offers swim pieces that imbue intrigue with asymmetric straps and statement hardware detailing.
To achieve that beachfront Baywatch all-eyes-on-you moment, try an elevated version of the series’ iconic red one-piece, as per Miaou’s glorious technicolour designs. Otherwise, swimwear brand Isa Boulder—which recently gained the seal of approval from Rihanna herself—offers a collection of knitted, woven and twisted beachwear renditions that will be sure to draw a few eyeballs.
Below, shop Grazia Singapore’s curation of swimwear fit to rival the warming weather. From Y2K-core to understated stealth wealth energy, upgrade your swimwear wardrobe with these visually sweltering pieces, courtesy of these labels that ingrain a sense of fashion-forwardness into their beachwear capsules.
Take a page out of Sofia Richie Grange’s book for tips on looking expensive at the beach. Having recently gone viral for her wedding that epitomised the old money aesthetic, she’s continuing her legacy of stealth wealth dressing, but this time by the beach. Clad in Eres, a premium swim line that’s materials-oriented, Richie Grange joins other A-List fans like Michelle Rodrigo in channeling comfortable luxury by the beach. The Parisian label uses premium fabrication and minimal prints to yield a swim capsule that does less for more.
10. Heavy Manners
If you got it, flaunt it. From KarJenners to Victoria’s Secret Angels, Heavy Manners is a brand that helps them do just that. The label has enjoyed a celebrity clientele, thanks to its range of cheeky, barely there sets drenched in bright florals, which work well against any tan. With a signature cut that elongates the body’s silhouette, it’s easy to see why Heavy Manners appeals to our celebrity it girls.