Swimming Through the Snow

When in Canada, where in the world does one buy bikinis for those 2-3 months of warm weather we may or may not receive every year? This is the most popular question I get since Victoria’s Secret stopped their swim line *sigh*, so I’ve decided to make this post reviewing all the bikinis I’ve ever gotten (which is way too may)! I will mention that I enjoy tops that are padded or thicker fabrics and bottoms that aren’t super tight or cheeky.

  • As a guide, I have put stars next to brands I’d purchase from again!

Hanu Hawaii 

Hanu Hawaii is a small Etsy store, where all their bikinis are handmade. When I came across this brand a year ago their prices were significantly less than they are now. Overall the bottoms I got were maybe $45 CAD total.

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Pros

  • Shipping isn’t overly expensive
  • No duties and taxes
  • Still cheaper than other more popular swimwear brands
  • Most of their suits are seamless!

Cons

  • Sizing varies (My bottoms are fairly tight and have no give to them)
  • Long shipping times (a few weeks)
  • The quality isn’t wonderful (my bottoms are literally two thin pieces of fabric sewn together)

 

Plumeria Swim*

Pros 

  • They’re always having sales!
  • Padded bikini tops and seamless bottoms
  • Wide variety of colours
  • Decent prices, no dplumeriauties and taxes
  • I’ve had these suits for years and the colours have not faded
  • Majorly comfortable

Cons 

  • The “more coverage” bottoms definitely don’t have more coverage
  • USD – enough said
  • Sizing varies depending on the colour of the bikini (I have the same exact bikini in yellow and black and the black bottoms are way tighter/smaller than the yellow hm..)

 

Hoaka Swimwear 

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Pros

  • Canadian brand – shipping is affordable and quick for once!
  • Many designs and colours

Cons

  • Neoprene – I am definitely not a fan of neoprene suits because they are hot and sweaty and usually way too tight regardless of the sizing (but hey! everyone’s different with the fabrics they enjoy)

 

Emelle Swim 

emelle1

 

 

Pros 

 

  • Thick, luxe material
  • Very good sales – when they have them
  • No duties and taxes
  • Easy to mix and match tops and bottoms

Cons 

  • Sizing runs a tad small
  • Shipping is expensive emelle2
  • Takes a little while to ship
  • I wasn’t a fan of the no padding in tops and how cheeky the bottoms were

 

 

Fox Swimwear

Pros 

  • Amazing fabric! Super soft and super comfortable fox
  • Their designs and colours are fabulous
  • The fit is perfect (however be aware the bottoms are smaller/cheekier than I expected)
  • Comes with an adorable neoprene swim bag to store your suit in

Cons 

  • Their shipping is kind of crazy – to be expected from Australia
  • Duties and taxes… there was a good $30 CAD charge for one suit

 

Fae Swim*

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Pros 

  • The fabric is thicker than most
  • Super comfy because there’s so little to them

 

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  • Very basic colours and match with a ton!
  • The back closures are wonderful and easy – also do not rub into your back
  • Sizing is accurate

Cons 

  • SO expensive
  • Duties & taxes were also insane (two tops cost me $180 plus $50 in duties.. yeah)
  • The adjustable straps are not so easy to adjust and often get stuck (I’m too terrified to pull on them too much in case they break)fae1

 

Kahluna the Label* 

  • Literally amazing is all I can saykahluna1
  • The sizing is perfect, padded tops, super comfortable, shipping is fast, no duties and very cheap!
  • Unfortunately they are making changes to their website right now, so their suits are unavailable for the moment

 

 

 

Moana Bikini*

Pros 

  • Fit like a charm moana
  • Seamless bottoms are to die for – so comfy and not tight on the sides
  • The prints are adorable
  • Quick shipping, no duties

Cons 

  • $$$$ – just so expensive for shipping and the suits
  • ALWAYS sold out
  • Can only buy sets in one size

 

Midori Bikini* – My all time favourite

midori1

Pros 

  • Super comfortable
  • Padded tops
  • Thick, soft, quality material
  • Fit wonderfully (This is the only swim company I’m a medium in and not a small)

Cons 

    • Always sold out – unless you get in right as they’ve restocked
    • Fairly expensive (USD)

midori2

  • Rarely any sales
  • Duties and taxes

 

If anyone has any questions about anything I did not mention, feel free to leave a comment!

 

A little something extra… DISCOUNTS 

BikinimaA3527 

Molly and FrankMS1319 

 

Just keep swimming,

Morgan xx

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