Equipped with tennis, basketball and beach volleyball courts, Kits Beach is where the young and sporty come to play. This bad-ass bikini by Vancouver designer Beth Richards touches on this season’s surf-inspired rashguard trend and will make you the rock star of any shorefront tournament.
Get the Look: SwimsuitBeth Richards Elle top, $129, and Naomi bottom, $100; Belt $275; Jewellery Pyrrha cuff, stylist’s own Shoes Ash leather high-top trainer, $185 from Holt Renfrew; SunglassesDerek Cardigan Sun 7010 in grey haze, $119
If you’re heading down to this little hideaway between English Bay and Second Beach, you’ve got to wear – as the name suggests – a bikini. Exotic patterns like this Marc Jacobs botanical print are hot this summer and there’s nothing more glamorous than accessorizing a swimsuit with bold accessories like a statement pendant and tribal-inspired ankle bracelets. Finish off the look with a cosy shrug to keep you warm as the sun goes down.
Anchoring the West End, one of Vancouver’s oldest neigbourhoods, English Bay is the perfect place to showcase your retro suit. Feel like a pin-up in Seafolly’s nautically inspired boy-shorted one-piece and dream of days gone by. (Is that Joe Fortes patrolling the beach?) Click here for a glimpse at English Bay back in the day.
Get the Look: SwimsuitSeafolly Coastline boyleg maillot retro one-piece, $199; JewelleryBuenoStyle Lovely Light and Large earrings, $30; ShoesFranco Sarto red patent pump, $115; SunglassesRaen Arkin Crystal Rose 47, $119
Vancouver’s notorious nude beach is also one of its most beautiful, so prepare yourself for breathtaking views both on and off the shore. If you’re not brave enough to bare it all, then leave a little (just a little) to the imagination with local designer Anna Kosturova’s Flashback monokini, which has been featured in Sports Illustrated magazine.
Get the Look: SwimsuitAnna Kosturova Flashback monokini, $216.95; JewelleryBuenoStyle Postal cuff, $46, and postal cuff dainty, $38; SunglassesMarc Jacobs nude glitter 60, $169
We’ve rounded up 2014’s most-coveted swimsuit trends and created looks inspired by Vancouver’s most popular beaches. So whether you’re feeling flirty, sexy, exotic, sporty or nostalgic, we’ve got the look that will suit the beach
Cuchè’s Julie bikini by Vancouver designer Eden Rausch (pictured above) channels the femininity of Flamenco with its ruffles and polka dots – perfect for a day of tanning at Spanish Banks (no straps means no tan lines).
Get the Look: SwimsuitCuchè Julie bikini, $175; SunglassesGucci Havana violet pink, $179; EarringsIrit Sorokin earrings, $32; Flip-flopsNative Paolo sandals in tartlet purple, $40
Janine Verreault is the editor of BCLiving. She holds a BA in English from Simon Fraser University and a Diploma in Broadcast Journalism from BCIT. In her time away from work, she loves shopping, checking out live music and strolling the Seawall with her husband and daughter.