Time for a swim lesson
It's time to go swimwear shopping and we know you have questions. How do I look like a Bond girl in a sun-smart rashie? Are high-cut styles really more flattering ... and is the permanent wedgie worth it? Are boardies better than budgies? (well, yes, consider that case dismissed).
Some of our favourite swimwear designers share their best advice and the styles that will sizzle this summer.
MOLLY & POLLY
Colourful and a little bit cheeky, this playful Queensland label is a lot like its state of origin.
"Our current collection has taken us back to our roots with pastels and our Sundae Sunday ice cream prints," director Kirsten Beck says.
This summer belongs to the high-cut one piece - bonus points for making your legs look longer.
"It is very flattering on curvy figures," Kirsten says. "Fresh hues of pastel lilac and candy red have been trending on international beaches and our local customers are loving them as we move into our Australian summer."
In the fight against tanlines, less is more. "With the increasing desire to minimise tanlines, bikini bottoms with less coverage are on the rise and we're all for it," says Tara Jane, whose range TJ Swim features high-cut legs and curve-loving Brazilian cuts.
"We're so excited to see young women feeling comfortable in their skin and more confident than ever."
Suiting fans of minimalist fashion, TJ Swim's current collection includes three new seamless styles available in five luxe colours.
THE ROCKS PUSH
Don't settle for boring boardies - swim shorts form Sydney label The Rocks Push are splashed with snappy shark prints, cheeky stripes and poppy pink.
But the coolest thing is that the Italian fabric is made from recycled fishing nets salvaged from our oceans.
"The Rocks Push Balmoral and Shelly shorts are our bestsellers this summer," founder Kirsten Ainsworth says.
Peony specialises in sweet styles steeped in sunshine and nostalgia.
"Our Resort '17 collection is titled Sojourn, meaning "a temporary stay" in French," says director Becky Morton.
"The collection was inspired by nostalgic imagery of Jane Birkin and holiday-makers from the same era, meandering through the streets of the South of France during the summer season. Marigold, citrus, terracotta and crepe create a bright and warm colour palette."
High-cut pieces in beautifully textured fabric are a SS17 signature, but Becky's best advice is to choose quality over quantity.
"Go with styles that are comfortable and true to you. All Peony pieces are sold separately and designed to mix and match, which is really important for our customer who loves the ability to mix up the sizes and styles to create a bikini that fits well and appeals to their own sense of style."
Consider yourself a classic kind of girl? Check out Jets' range for timeless silhouettes in trending French florals, bold prints or block colours.
Jets' Jordan Yarad says the one piece is having a moment.
"It's such a versatile style that can be worn effortlessly from the beach to afternoon entertaining plans. It's all about the detail, so look for feminine ruffles, lace-up detailing and off-the-shoulder styles that create an elegant silhouette."