Sunshine, lakes, and friends – that’s what summer in Fernie is all about! Today is the first hot day of the year, and the town has sprung to life – the boat ramp had so many people sunbathing and getting a good dose of vitamin D! It got me thinking, bathing suits! I need a new one. I headed down 2nd Ave to see what I could find. Do you have any idea how many different stores you can buy swimsuits at in Fernie? Five! I remember a time, about ten years ago when I was looking for a swimsuit here in town, and I couldn’t find one. Times have changed! Now there are so many options, no matter the body type.
So, here’s a rundown.*
Edge of the World has a great new range, June Swimwear. Designed and made in Quebec, these bikinis are made for active ladies that still like to look good. Whether on the beach, in the surf, or cruising the town, these gorge bathers will stay in place, so you don’t need to worry, AND you can buy an incredible matching headband (they are to die for!) or scrunchie to go with it.
Elevation Showcase also a great selection. I was impressed to see that all of their swimsuits were eco-friendly and sustainably made! PrAna is an incredibly inspiring company out of California. Making huge waves in sustainability and design, they make suits that are gorgeous, comfortable and have the right support (lots of styles available too!).
I was blown away by the variety in Ski Base. So many styles to fit ALL body shapes. There was a fantastic Body Glove suit that caught my eye as soon as I walked in (I have a thing for stripes this summer) which made me realize that Body Glove is making a comeback! But the best thing about the swimsuits in Ski Base really is that they are sure to have the perfect one to flatter your body type. One piece, two piece, tankini, great support, full coverage, skimpy – whatever your desire I bet they have the suit for you!
Commit Snow & Skate have delivered again. With brands like RVCA, Lira and Roxy they have so many drop-dead gorgeous suits. You’ll find some great one pieces (more stripes by RVCA), but I think it’s their bikini range that really stands out. Velvet, ruffles, cut-outs, tie-dye – oh my, they’ve got it all! These bikinis are made to stand out, and you will be sure to rock them with confidence.
Board Stiff have brands like Rip Curl, Billabong and O’Neill. Great surf brands that have their swimsuit design dialled! From low riders to full coverage, you can pick your style, then mix and match with the tops and bottoms.
Hooray for sunshine!
*This is only a very small description of what is available at these stores. I highly recommend going around and seeing what they have. There are so many gorgeous suits to fit every style, shape, and activity level!