The marie claire office is a sacred space. It's a place where online deliveries don't have to be rushed quickly inside and hidden from significant others or explained away as being 'Christmas shopping' (without mentioning it's for one's self). There's no having to spell out why every single summer you need a new bikini - or that ultra-flattering one piece you spotted on Instagram - because we not only understand, but we're all shopping for it too.
To make you feel that little bit better about treating yourself to new swimwear for the summer, we've rounded up the Australian labels we're shopping which are guaranteed to look incredible, be on trend, last the distance and won't break the bank.
Below, five of the marie claire team's favourite swim brands.
Everyone from Bella Hadid to Bambi Northwood-Blyth are obsessed with Aussie boutique label, Peony - and for good reason. The brand walks the perfect line between trend and timeless, meaning anything you buy will look incredible on the 'gram grid, but also last the distance and won't go out of style. In November, Peony got one of the biggest ticks of approval in fashion: Net-A-Porter as a stockist. The result has been an influx of celebrities, models, influencers and editors (guilty as charged) fawning over the brand and it's effortlessly cool-girl offering.
You'll no doubt have heard of Matteau, the swimwear label designed between Sydney and New York which was created after sisters, Ilona Hamer and Peta Heinsen, realised they couldn't find a simple yet chic swimsuit, which was both flattering and timeless. Enter, Matteau.
Fella Swim fuses the comfort and effortless style of activewear with the detailing and sophistication of lingerie, introducing it to swimwear with the result being bikinis you'll want to live in.
Zulu & Zephyr
What started off as a stall filled with bikinis at the Bondi markets has grown into a multi-million dollar fashion empire, stocked on the likes of ASOS, Revolve and David Jones. Zulu & Zephyr even expanded to clothing, so all your summer essentials can be found in one location.
Palm swimwear mixes on-trend styles and prints with earthy tones and flattering silhouettes. Better yet, all their swimwear is made from regenerated fibres from abandoned fishing nets which have been cleared from coral reefs.