India Cardona Talks SS24 Resort & Swimwear
India Cardona Talks SS24 Resort & Swimwear

India Cardona Talks SS24 Resort & Swimwear

It’s finally time to get excited for new resort and swimwear and who better to get us in the mood than one of our regular contributors – India Cardona? Here, she talks us through her favourite pieces, the brands she loves and what she’s packing for her next trip…

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Collection Highlights

My failsafe piece is the Jean Bikini from Hunza G. If I could only pack one bikini for a trip, it would be this – it’s lightweight, flattering and supportive. Hunza G uses this unique fabric and I love how comfortable it is. One of my pet peeves is having a bow or clasp digging into your back while you’re on a sun lounger or the beach, so this is perfect. 

The first swim piece I fell in love with was a classic Kiini bikini. The world was obsessed with Kiini back in about 2015 – they were those neoprene crochet bikinis in lots of vibrant colours. I couldn't afford the real deal, but I managed to track down a dupe. If I’m being honest, I still quite like them – maybe it's time to bring them back? 

Go-To Brands

Today, my go-to brand is Peony SwimwearIt does the best triangle, string bikini – the String Tri – which has straight back straps rather than a halterneck which I find so much more supportive. The Aussies just do swim and resortwear so well, plus Peony has great sustainability credentials, too. Its pieces are really feminine and timeless. I have the white broderie style

Reformation just added swimwear to its roster. It’s a collection I’ve got my eyes on – it has the same feminine appeal as its ready-to-wear but with a vintage feel. There’s a great mix of block colours and prints, too. 


Cooke & Kin is a conscious swim and resortwear brand I love. It was founded by the cool Aussie influencer Olive Cooke. She lives my dream life in Byron Bay and her brand is an extension of her lifestyle. Cool and considered, it perfectly captures that feeling of wanderlust with beautiful colours and unique prints, all of which are designed in-house and take their inspiration from nature.

I’m excited to see more from Fruity Booty. The London-based brand creates everything in limited edition runs from repurposed fabrics and sustainably sourced materials – and it has excitingly just moved into swimwear. It started as an underwear brand, so it really knows what it’s doing when it comes to shapes. The red gingham bikini was even spotted on Kendall Jenner.

I always go back to Monday Swimwear. Created by OG-influencers Tash Oakley and Devin Brugman, I probably bought my first piece about six or more years ago – and now have one in every print and every style. They’re perfect for mixing and matching. I usually opt for an underwired top and side-tie bottoms. Some people worry it’s unflattering, but I personally love the way a tie disguises my hip dip and cinches in my waist. The cut also helps my legs look longer. 

Faithfull The Brand's resortwear is definitely worth a look. Homing in on a slightly different aesthetic than usual, this collection is a little more minimalist in terms of fabrics and design; it also champions Balinese craftsmanship, which is great to see. (more coming about the pieces) 

Free People is a no brainer for its curation of US and Aussie brands. Plus, Selfridges stocks the best range of smaller brands. 


Shopping Tips

Know where to look on the high street – case in point, Zara Home. Trust me, it has some really great swimwear. ARKET also does a great quality one-piece too, while House of CB really knows how to flatter the female body. 

Don’t forget about hotel boutiques. They often stock a more unique selection of brands and styles. For example, I recently went to Estelle Manor and spotted some amazing pieces there. 

Shop abroad. It’s so fun sifting through little shops or markets for swimwear that no one else has – plus, each time you wear it, you’ll have it as a memory. I actually have a really funny story from when I went to Australia in 2012. I went to the brand Love Stories at Bondi Beach and bought a swimsuit that had words printed all over it. It turns out they were words to a song. Later that night, I was wearing the swimsuit and we were in a restaurant – and the song played! I can’t for the life of me remember what song it was, but I still have the swimsuit, so I’ll have to dig it out. 

Look for pieces that make you feel like your most confident self. A supportive fabric that washes well and doesn't go sheer when wet is also a priority. I typically opt for sustainable fabrics that use Econyl and dry quickly. It’s so useful on those days when you’re either beach or pool-hopping or need to go from the ocean to shopping to a restaurant. 

If you’re looking to invest, always go for block colours. Style-wise it totally depends on your body and what you feel flatters you, but when it comes to colour, you really can’t go wrong with a neutral shade – it’ll never go out of style. If you’re looking to splash out on a brand or fabric on the pricier side, that’s what I’d recommend going for.


Trends & Ideas For The Season Ahead

Sarong miniskirts are a trend I want to try this season – even more so if it matches the bikini. Triangl and Faithfull do great matching sets. Elsewhere, I'm really into zebra – it feels more elevated than leopard. Chocolate brown and pink are both on my mind for my next trip, plus crochet bikinis are definitely coming back. In fact, J.Crew has a great one. 

My holiday vibe is quite playful but still elevated. I wear more colour and patterns – and you’ll always find lots of linen and straw bags in my suitcases. I also enjoy pairing more boyish pieces with something feminine – think miniskirts and oversized t-shirts, a sarong skirt and a boxy shirt, baggy trousers and a crochet top.

You can’t go wrong with a pair of black flip flops. They always ground a look and make it feel more relaxed. Last year I bought some Hermès Chypre sandals, which I’ll be packing for every trip this year. They just go with everything. I’m also packing ballet flats this summer – finally I’ll be able to wear my Alaïa fishnet ballerinas and some sparkly ones I bought from Dear Frances. I also picked up some sandals from the K Jaques x Longchamp collaboration.

At night, I’ll wear a dress or maxi skirt with a strapless or halterneck top. Matteau does great summer dresses, as does Dôen. I’m loving white maxi skirts – I have some from Aligne, Sézane and Rixo. I have my eye on a brown dress from Bondi Born, too. 

For more inspiration follow @TheIndiaEdit on Instagram.




Sol Triangle Top, £65 | Cooke & Kin
Sol Triangle Top, £65 | Cooke & Kin
1993 Underwire Bikini Top, £84 | J.Crew
1993 Underwire Bikini Top, £84 | J.Crew
Juni Bikini Top, £74 | With Jéan
Juni Bikini Top, £74 | With Jéan
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