By Bonny Osterhage
Surf’s up, and whether you plan to swim or sun, you need a suit that suits your “green” way of life. It seems that every year, new companies are diving into the world of eco friendly swimwear, offering fashionable options from classic bikinis to sophisticated one-piece styles. Here are a few that we think make a big splash this season.
Odina Surf Cove Girl Bikini
This hot bikini is Odina Surf’s signature style. Not a Brazilian cut, so you get a bit more coverage, it’s still low on the hips with curve-enhancing ruching on the back of the bottom. The best part is that you get to pick your color combination. Choose from berry (shown), black, coral, white, yellow or hot pink for the solid parts and from a variety of beautiful and feminine reclaimed fabrics for the accents. We give the entire line a (hang) ten! Top is $52 and bottom is $62 at www.odinasurf.com.
Eco Swim Eco Babe Bikini
Bring color blocking to the beach when you pair up two sophisticated solids. We love the black and khaki contrast of this suit, crafted from recycled fabrics. With comfort in mind, the Sliding Halter top allows you to adjust your coverage, while the Banded Hipster bottom doesn’t leave you feeling cheeky. $60 for the top and $58 for the bottom at www.everythingbutwater.com.
Jolie One Shoulder Swimsuit
A little sweet, a little sexy, this one piece offers excellent coverage without seeming matronly. The attention to detail, from the braided trim to the mother of pearl button on the single strap, makes this organic cotton blend suit anything but basic. Also comes in black. $108 at www.faeriesdance.com.
CurleeBikini Swimwear High Neck Swimsuit
This one piece features a tummy control panel that, when done in a contrasting color, as seen here, creates the illusion of a two piece with a trendy, high waisted bottom. The drawstring back gives a racer back fit to the sleek style, made from repurposed materials. From $290 at www.curleebikini.com.
L*Space Swimwear Dolly Citrus Jill Bikini
A bright neon hue, sexy, fluttering fringe, and an eco friendly material? Who knew one little bikini could pack in so many "of the moment" trends?! No wonder stars like Cameron Diaz and Jessica Alba are fans. You will be too, once you see how a fringed top can elongate your torso! $68 for the top and $70 for the bottom at www.theorchidboutique.com.