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Bikinis To Tankinis: 11 Homegrown Swimwear Brands That Are Not Speedo!

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    If you're finally going on that beach holiday, or it's been pushed AGAIN, but you've been dreaming about it still. Worry not. We are all in the same boat. But it. will happen, and for then, you need a swimsuit to show you enthusiastically vacationing. There are plenty of chic, functional, and whimsical swimsuits out there to reflect your mood. We're not talking about your basic Speedos of course. Bikinis, monokinis, tankinis, and anything in between is what we're talking about. If you've been looking for brands that make pretty swimwear and beachwear, you've come to the right place! 

    The Beach Company

    The Beach Company knows the beachwear game and delivers some dreamy #vacaygoals vibes with their curation. Channel your inner mermaid with a shimmery number, or pick the option that works great as a tank top undershorts for when you’re out and about. They even have those options that look great for when you’re lounging by the pool but not actually getting in. We’re talking about the ones with some creative cutouts, and ones with Crochet detailing too. Read more about it here.

    Prices start at INR 1,500.

    Size range: XS - XXL

    Aviva Bidapa

    Aviva Bidapa

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    Channel your inner diva and keep it ultra-glam with Aviva Bidapa’s range of designer swimwear. Of course they have functional options, and they put the fun in it too, but we’re loving their pool and beach party range. We mean ruffles, sequins, and bold colours. What’s awesome is that if you like a print or pattern, you can buy a one-piece, bikini, or the components of the same separately. 

    Prices start at INR 5,000.

    Size Range: You'll need to DM them, but we spotted a few plus-size models rocking some of their desings.

    Maivy

    Maivy

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    If holiday wear is what you want to live in, then Maivy has a host of options to keep you cool. If you’re bored of the Speedo’s and Decathlons you see everywhere, Maivy’s collection is indie-cool. Find one shoulder numbers that almost seem retro, leopard print tankini options and wrap-kinis as well. And of course, cover ups and skirts so you can lounge and explore in the heat while bringing on the heat! Read more about Maivy here.

    Prices start at INR 2,300.

    Size Range: XS to XXL 

    The Summer House

    Known for their sustainability practices, comfortable options, and clean silhouettes, the Summer House’s swimwear options don’t disappoint! Their options, though limited, are classic, comfy, functional, and also look great. They have both one and two-piece options that embrace minimalism, and are classics. The swimwear is made of econyl which is basically recycled fishing nets and wires! 

    Prices start at INR 2000.

    Size range: XS to XL. They also have a great reselling programme if you're unhappy with the size and/or fit for whatever reason. 

    Flirtatious

    Flirtatious

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    As the name would suggest, the collection from Flirtatious is flirty, slightly cheeky, vibrant, and young. A designer brand, the price range might be slightly on the higher end, but it’s definitely worth it. Cut outs, overlaps, fringe detailing, tie detailing, and mesh detailing among other things. What’s cool is that, unlike the other brands on this list, Flirtatious has an extensive collection and is inspired by various other aesthetics too. Think Geometric cuts, retro-inspired, athletic yet sexy, and a bunch of celeb spots as well. We’ll leave you to go check it out yourself. 

    Prices start at INR 5,000.

    Size range: XS to XL, but every design can be custom made to your exact measurements. 

    Salt Skin

    Salt Skin

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    For contemporary, boho beach vibes (like you’re chilling at a luxury beach resort), check out Salt Skin. The Goa-based brand stocks bikinis, monokinis, coverups, and accessories all set for the beach. We are loving their unique crochet collections that feature plenty of tassels and shells, and the collab with Masaba. Their one-pieces range from bright and popping to contemporary with Indian prints. In their bikini section, they have both high waist and classic string bikini bottom options. 

    Prices start at INR 2,800. 

    Size range: XS to XL

    Papaaya Swimwear

    Based out of Mumbai, Papaaya Swimwear will make you want to brink out the cocktails, find the sun and lounge on the beach. In fact, their swimwear collection is inspired by cocktails! While there aren't too many styles (I mean, really, how many bikini styles really are there!), that they're named after cocktails won us over! Blue Lagoon, Pink Flamingo, and Lavendar Martini are options. Each in the corresponding colours, with a hint of a different design. One's a scoop crop top, another is a chic one-shoulder bikini and the third has a tie-up back. 

    A colleague picked up the Black Russian - a triangle bikini top with either a high-waist bottom or a cheeky low-waist one. While the strings seem flimsy, they're really not. What was appreciated more though was that the swimwear came in a box with an adorable pendant, and a hand-written note. Oh, plus a cocktail umbrella for proper vibes. 

    Prices start at INR 1,299. 

    Size range: S to L

    House Of Nidhi Kampani

    House Of NM

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    House Of Nidhi Kampani has been designed with all body types in mind, and we’re here for the inclusivity of XS to XXXL. Almost all the swimsuits have been made with tummy tucker fabrics and darker tones to cater to the curvier figures. And that is just the Signature collections. The HONM Basics features more fun and sporty swimwear with nautical prints pops of colour and flirty cut out designs. 

    Prices start at INR 1,200 for separates and INR 3,000 for single-piece suits. 

    Size range: XS to XXXL 

    Shivan & Narresh

    Sure Shivan & Narresh are a bit more expensive than your usual swimwear, but they’re so good at their designs. Plus, veterans in the fashion industry counts for something, right? With monokinis, bikinis, trikinis (yes, that’s a thing!) they have options of all kinds. Interlaced, cut out, high-waist, or with a belt, you can really flatter your body shape with these options. In true Shivan & Narresh aesthetic, graphic, bold prints and pops of colour rule the designs. Most of their range is also made of econyl. 

    Prices start at INR 12,000 up to about INR 20,000

    Size range: XS to XL 

    Verandah

    Verandah

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    Worn by the likes of Deepika Padukone, Alia Bhat, Kareena Kapoor Khan and Sunny Leone among others, Studio Verandah has simple styles with striking prints. Plunge-neck one-piece suits with Bougainvillea prints, for girls who aren’t too busty, Black Bougainvillea printed ones with underwire to support a heavier bust or one-shoulder pieces, they have something for everyone. What I really like about the brand is that they have the same prints for the different designs - bikinis to halter bandeaus. They even have more functional full-sleeved tops to pair with high-waist bottoms, crop tops with bikini bottoms or hipster ones. 

    While prices on the website are in dollars, starting at 125, the flagship store in Goa will sort you out with IRL checking.

    Size range: XS to XXL 

    Nadi Nadi

    Nadi Nadi

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    If you love clean silhouettes that are simple, functional fit and timeless, and you've got money to spare Nadi Nadi should be your pick. With a limited yet cool collection, find one-piece swimsuits, two-piece (tankini and bikini styles - sold as a set and separately) numbers, as well as bodysuits and beach-friendly coverups (the mesh pants are a personal fav), Nadi Nadi has you covered. Using a range of materials like spandex, econyl, polyester, and lycra among others, different swimsuits will suit different body shapes. Of course, they do the job of being perfect for the beach too (though some can be styled for partywear looks too). 

    Prices start at INR 3,000

    Size range: XS to XXL, and you can even get them all made to order with your specific measurements. 

    Pro-Tip

    If you're shopping bikinis, a beach vacation is obvious. Why not pack these other beach vacay fashion and accessory essentials too?