So, the time has come, your much-awaited summer holiday is nearing, and you start to shop for the holiday wardrobe essentials for your little boy. Namely, swimsuits. Seen as that’s basically what they spend the majority of their time in, you want something that’s not only cool but good quality. Only to be greeted on every website and in every store with Peppa Pig, Paw Patrol, florescent yellow, see-through fabrics and garish tropical prints. I think it’s such a British thing the way that people presume they must have all the colours in the rainbow and palm tree printed everything for their holidays. Guess what guys, you don’t have to. But you do have to dig for it…
If like me, style is important to you and you want your little boy to look stylish, subtle and on trend, whilst being assured of good fabric quality and sun protection then the cartooned offerings in Matalan just aren’t quite going to cut it. Thankfully for you, I have done the hard work for you. I spent hours before going on our summer holiday to Croatia riffling through the crap and selecting my top swimsuits or swim shorts for boys for SS18.
1/ Folpetto Swim – if you follow me on Instagram you may have noticed my post about these guys. They’re a clear winner for me. They are a solely children’s swimwear brand that offers both boys and girls quality swimwear made in Italy. Their eco-friendly fabrics, guaranteed UPF50+ sun protection along with a subtle and chic Italian style that does not compromise on comfortability, ticks all the boxes. I opted for the Rash Guard Leonardo in Dusty Blue for £35.00 teamed with the Swim Short Tommaso in Cloud Grey for £36.00. What’s great about these pieces is that they’re all interchangeable, therefore you can mix and match into many different looks. In total this set cost £71.00, which agreeably, is on the expensive side for one child’s swim set but I am a firm believer in that you get what you pay for and I know that given the quality this set will be used again and again. My only wish is I had one of each for the matching sibling sets!
2/ Turtle Dove London – I have loved this brand for a while now, we have so many of their dungarees and have always been impressed with their styles and quality. So, I was thrilled to see that they have launched a new swimwear collection, featuring in house designed prints and patterns. The collection includes both boys and girl’s pieces and all are in monochrome, which is always a winner in my eyes. Stripes is another style that I think is classic and timeless, so monochrome and stripes together – I’m in. I got both the boys options of the Hambug Swimsuit for £24 and the Hambug Shorts for £16. I found the fabric to be of great material, the fit is true to size and they’re very reasonably priced. The swimsuit was a favourite for Toby as he found it comfortable and easy to get on and off himself even when wet, with the zip design. Highly recommend.
3/ June & Loop – This brand is a new one to me, that I came across on Instagram whilst on my hunt for swimwear for Toby. This is an American brand specialising in handmade swim separates for mamas and their mini’s. Both boys and girls. I love their new Reversible Boys Swim Shorties in Black Gingham/Dark Olive for $32.00. Gingham is set to be popular again this summer and olive is a timeless holiday colour that always compliments sun-kissed skin. The reversible design is perfect for getting two looks out of one purchase! And I love that they’ve gotten the boys involved in the mama and mini twinning!
4/ Pearl Street Swim – A children’s swimwear brand made in the USA, their brand ethos is all about capturing the lively and imaginative spirit of little ones. Again, this brand offers mix and match designs which is perfect for holidays. The pastel colours along with hand illustrated patterns set this brand aside from the high street. The SPF50, chlorine and sunscreen resistant materials make this swimwear perfect for busy little ones. My favourite boys set is the Pearl Street Blue Drawstring Trunks for $54.00 matched with the Pearl Street Original Rash Guard, for $50.00.
5/ Stella Cove – The. Dream. I can’t get over their Instagram feed for a start. What can I say, everything I wanted to find and more. My biggest problem was whittling down which were my favourite designs to share with you. All the styles are beautiful, the subtle, non-garish colours, the prints, the rope tie-strings. If I had to choose I’d say the Classic Stripe Print Shorts in Orange and the Flamingo Print Boys Swimming Trunks. Both styles are $50.00. Again, they have matching prints in girl’s swim-wear, so you can co-ordinate your whole gang. I love the fact that the influence behind the brand came from the founder, Pia, reminiscing on how a purple and cream striped swimsuit with a little sailboat on the front made her feel so much brighter and stand a little taller when she was a little girl. It gave me all the feelsssss.
So, there you have it, my top five finds for little boy’s swimwear. And trust me, my expectations are high, I’m not an easy one to please! I hope it helps, everything above is linked for your ease. Happy Shopping!