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Own the Beach with the Best New Luxury Women’s Swimwear

best new luxury women's swimwear for resort cruise 2020-21

Our correspondent Jeanette Settembre introduces us to Inez Valentine, the luxury women’s swimwear line born during the coronavirus pandemic — and the best new luxury swimsuits for women to shop for this 2021 resort cruise season.

see the chic new luxury swimwear line born during the pandemic

Launching a swimwear line at the height of a global pandemic seemed like a deep dive for swimwear designers Bianca Inez Ubeda and Rocco Valentine, who launched Inez Valentine, a play on both their names, this year. 

But after losing their jobs in fashion as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, it was sink or swim. Literally.

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sink . . . or swim!

“I got let go, he’s a freelance stylist and there weren’t any jobs. We were like ‘f—k it, let’s just keep going,’” Ubeda tells Dandelion Chandelier of debuting a luxury sustainable swimwear line from scratch with travel abroad still up in the air. 

best new luxury women's swimwear for resort cruise 2020-21

The best new luxury women’s swimsuits for resort cruise 2021.

“We thought, ‘let’s just go for it.’ It’s better to be alive and present as a brand than to wait for the pandemic to be over,” she says. 

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a New York brand focused on sustainability and inclusivity

The ethos of the New York City-based brand Inez Valentine is all things eco, sustainability and inclusivity. Ubeda, a first-generation Latina American whose parents came to New York from Paraguay, met Valentine, a queer man who grew up on the Long Island Sound, while studying fashion in Boston.

They stayed in touch and when both were back in New York in 2019, they started the brand by pooling their industry contacts and networking to find suppliers and other team members.  

operational challenges

The logistics of sourcing fabric for the collection was the biggest challenge. Before the pandemic hit, Inez Valentine was bringing in materials from Italy. But when the country shut down in late February 2020 due to the coronavirus outbreak, imports were delayed. So they pivoted to source an eco-friendly fabric from Los Angeles. 

The suits are comprised of 26% regenerated high CLO spandex, which is said to be more heat resistant and prevents colors from fading. And 74% polyester made from Recycled PET (polyethylene terephthalate), a form of polyester made from regenerated plastic water bottles from the ocean and landfills.  

Inez Valentine swimwear

The best new luxury women’s swimsuits for resort cruise 2021. Inez Valentine swimwear. Courtesy Photo.

The result? A comfortable, curve-contouring material that’s equal parts stylish, supportive and figure flattering. 

“It pretty much feels like a really soft spandex that curves to your body,” Ubeda describes. 

the best new luxury swimsuits for women for resort cruise 2021

While travel plans may be largely at a standstill heading into the first few weeks of 2021, there are a handful of places with great beaches that are open for business. And even if you don’t go now, there are some fantastic looks to add to your swimwear wardrobe this resort season in anticipation for your next trip.

The best new luxury women’s swimsuits for resort cruise 2021. Photo Credit: Summersalt Swimwear.

Here are our top picks from the resort and cruise deliveries of our favorite brands: 

1. Inez Valentine “Peyton” in Calypso 

Channel your inner goddess in this one piece wonder. It features an adjustable halter neckline and low scooped back with a high cut leg and moderately cheeky bottom. The material is made to contour to the body for the ultimate confidence boost. Wear it in the water or out — paired with vintage cutoffs or a wide leg pant, the designers suggest.

Inez Valentine swimwear

BUY NOW – $180.

2. Denizeri “Ege” in Sun Orange

No bad days are to be had in this sunny orange two piece from the luxury swimwear line founded by Turkish-born and New York-based Melisa Denizeri. The brand is known for swim suits that are both chic and practical, and made for more than just sunbathing. Sizes run from XS through XXL and tops and bottoms are sold separately so you get the perfect fit.

These sport-inspired bikini bottoms are fitted with a medium rise for a full coverage silhouette. Pair it with the brand’s bikini top in the same sunny orange color.

BUY NOW – $98 (Bottoms).

BUY NOW – $108 (Top).

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3. Summersalt “The Plunge” in White Sand 

Sexy meets sophisticated in this white one-piece from Summersalt with a deep V neckline made with built-in cups for extra coverage. The elegant open back makes for the perfect top to pair with jean shorts or a skirt for a poolside lunch. 

BUY NOW – $95.

4. Norma Kamli “Marissa Large Zebra” 

A little Zebra print goes a long way. These large stripes are bound to make waves at the next pool party or cabana — because, why blend in when you can stand out? 

 

Norma Kamli Marissa Large Zebra One-Piece. Courtesy Photo.

BUY NOW –  $165.

5. Mara Hoffman “Gamela” 

Modern art is now wearable — and water proof. This eye-catching one-piece comes in a classic V neckline and features hues of reds, pastel pinks, hunter green and baby blue. It comes with a wrap around tie at the waist. 

best resort 2021 swimsuits for women

BUY NOW – $203.

6. L*Space “Kyslee Classic” 

This suit exudes flower power. The upbeat print features bright florals in reds, pinks and orange sure bring on all the positive vibes you need for 2021. 

best resort 2021 swimsuits for women

BUY NOW – $187.

7. Zimmermann Riders Buckle Bandeau Bikini Set 

This Cinderella-blue bikini is made with a satin-finish that gives off an air of royalty. The bandeau-style top comes fastened with a buckle trim and matching low rise bottom

 

the best new luxury swimsuits for women for resort cruise 2021

BUY NOW –  $260.

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8. Haight “Paula” in Gold

Hit the sand in this saffron shade from Haight that radiates on against a range of skin tones. The flattering fit features high-cut legs and a low scooped back. 

the best new luxury swimsuits for women for resort cruise 2021

BUY NOW – $148.

the best women’s new luxury swimwear for resort 2020-21

Those are our top picks of the best new luxury swimwear for the resort cruise season 2020-21. Who’s ready for a swim?

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Jeanette Settembre is a New York City features writer and editor specializing in lifestyle, food, and travel. Her work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, WSJ Magazine and Architectural Digest, among many other publications. Jeanette started her career in journalism as a features reporter for the New York Daily News, where she edited Entertainment and wrote the Sunday food column “Eats Beat.”

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