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    As far as summer essentials go, swimsuits ought to top every packing list. Whether you plan to laze in the pool at your neighbourhood members’ club or catch a tan cruising along the Mediterranean, your high-waist bikini promises to be your real summer MVP. We round up the coolest homegrown labels that are designing covetable swimwear, perfect for Indian body types.

    Shivan & Narresh 

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    The first mainstream Indian beachwear brand, the duo is sought-after for designs that are oh-so-sexy and sophisticated. A favourite with It girls, their swimsuits are just what you need for a luxe vacay — a one-shoulder malliot and fringe sarong is ideal for day drinking at a beach club while their swim skirts matched with bikini tops are winning picks for pear-shaped body types. 

    House of Masab

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    The designer is a poster girl for embracing your curves, and body confidence is a topic she is vocal about. So it only follows that her recently launched swimwear line addresses the woes of Indian women who struggle to find swimwear to complement their frames and (sometimes) conservative tastes. The brand’s current selection of monokinis in summery prints are an easy fit at a pool party or family vacation with a matching cover-up and a statement piece of accessory.

    Verandah 

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    The fashion crowd’s favourite resort wear brand debuted their swimwear line this year, and it’s all about flirty picks in versatile prints for the girl who’d always rather be at the beach. The high-waisted bikini briefs with a halter top in a contrasting print are the perfect pick for when you when to flaunt those envy-inducing abs.   

    The Label Life

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    The Indian high street label’s summer swim edit is replete with pop colours, animal prints and flatter-all silhouettes and sizes. Extra coverage for your timid tendencies? Take your pick. Scuba suits for snorkelling vacays? You got it. Ruched detailing and ruffled detailing to camouflage your problem areas? Consider it done.

    Kai Resort Wear

    For the travelista who’s all about making a splash, this brand will be your ultimate pool date. The colours are bold, the cuts are daring and the overall vibe is glamorous. Choose a plunging neckline when looking to divert attention away from your hips and opt for no-holds-barred cut-outs if you have an athletic frame.

    Flirtatious 

     

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    True to its name, the brand is less wallflower and more party starter. Dive into the deep end with their vibrant colours and playful prints — perfect to pair with your favourite white tasselled kaftan for a beach date.

    PA.NI Swimwear

     

    This sustainable body-positive brand ticks all the right boxes for the pro-nature water baby. The fabric is made from recycled fishing nets and plastic waste found in the ocean, making it the gold standard of eco-consciousness. The solid colours and fuss-free styles are low on the frills. Colour block the separates to add visual appeal to your beach wardrobe. 

    The Summer House 

     

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    Reversible swimwear in econyl fabric. #sustainableswimwear #inthesummerhouse

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    Less is definitely more for this mindful brand that marries form and function with its reversible designs, so you can be a repeat offender without anyone even realising. The reinvented classic styles are as fitting for your aqua Pilates class as they are reading by the sea

    PRAACHI RANIWALA

    Raniwala is a freelance fashion, luxury and travel journalist, and a brand consultant. She has a degree in fashion and lifestyle journalism from London College of Fashion, and previously worked as a features writer at L’Officiel India. You can now find her words in Vogue and Condé Nast Traveller among other publications. The writer is based in Mumbai, but her heart belongs to London.