Handsome is such an underused word.  For both men and women.  Replaced with 'hot', 'fit' and 'sexaaaaaaaaay', it's been banished to the word realms where 'delightful' and 'amusing' are also sitting.  Me?  I'm a fuddy duddy who loves saying things like "That is too delightful!' and 'That is a HANDSOME piece of furniture'.  So we come to Aussie swimwear label We Are Handsome and I'm confronted by blindingly cool prints that demand to be sun-drenched in cuts that are indeed 'hot', 'fit' and 'sexaaaaaaaay' (that's with no less than eight 'a's there…).  I actually didn't see their swimsuit efforts in Sydney but instead I was introduced to them here, where we've luckily had just about the right amount of sun to warrant wearing them.  Though that said, even on a murky day, surely a stallion galloping across the tummy, a balloon floating up the breasts and flamingoes walking across your err… nether region is just what you need to transport you somewhere else.  In fact, the whole S/S 11 collection by We Are Handsome is really all about those cheesy postcard moments… Los Angeles at dusk, Yosemite Park, cruising in Miami, Hollywood stars, moonlit Savannah, green Bordeaux and some bonus roars from Africa/Amazon in the form of a lioness and a panther. 

Seeing as I already reached the levels of ridiculousness by 'fashing' up a wetsuit, taking these onesies which come in zip-up, bandeau, scoop-back and bodysuit one-piece styles only means they're ripe for the picking in outfit composition.  It would be a 'crying shame' (I notice I say this antiquated phrase a lot too… and people say I sound distinctly Victorian when I do…) if they were merely restricted to the beach or in fact, sunny climates, though there's no denying the sun really does pick up the sheen of these postcard printed suits…



(With Lonely Hearts playsuit, Gemma Degara flower belt, Repetto flats)




(With Miss Sixty sheer skirt, Krystof Strozyna jacket, ASOS knee highs, Basso & Brooke shoes)




(With Limedrop cloud print blazer, vintage denim shorts, vintage lame skirt, Stella McCartney shoes)




(With Christopher Kane floral t-shirt, Topshop Unique rubber crop top, American Apparel cycling shorts, Melissa x Vivienne Westwood shoes)

Comments (60)

  1. I love words like handsome and delightful – I find them exceedingly diverting.
    The lion and the horse look are absolutely FAB

  2. Santa says:

    it looksy very very Good!!!
    and i love yours shoes too..

  3. Katie says:

    My favourite look is the balloon one! Love it x

  4. katie says:

    oh my god – probably my favorite post ever!!

  5. Lorena says:

    Some of these suits are making me imagine how you may have looked when you were a little kid in the 90’s (if you were like me and wore bodysuits under your jeans, especially those with snaps at the crotch haha). Of course these look much better than the image that description brings to mind, I especially love how you’ve worn the first one.
    I seem to only use the word ‘handsome’ when describing cats, also the word ‘gentleman’, especially combined! ‘Hot’, ‘fit’ and ‘sexaaaaaaaaay’ though, I feel don’t really have a place in my vocabulary. I suppose I might be a bit of a ‘fuddy duddy’ too, because ‘delightful’ is absolutely preferable to me!

  6. dreamy says:

    ahahahahaha i love this post! you look “hot”.

  7. Great inspiration as always! Fabulous post…

  8. Ashleigh says:

    The lion one is brilliant…..its like competition to the chris kane screaming gorilla t-shirt! Imagine walking past a girl wearing the chris k tee….your lion, their gorilla! There’ll be a showdown!!!

  9. Cool and handsome indeed.
    Love your outfit combinations so pretty and colorful:D
    With Love

  10. Becky says:

    Literally the best swimwear I’ve ever seen in my life. I have to have the balloon print and horse print now!

  11. Carrie says:

    I’m rather swept away by the balloon suit. I think I need. You know how to mix it up with all of them…wish I would see you walking down the street in any of these. Completely fabulous!

  12. Lwee says:

    You rock those handsome suits! >O

  13. Trend Steps says:

    You’re so brave. I could never dare to wear that sheer skirt! You make everything look so pretty. You mix together the strangest things and it turns out to be the most beautiful outfit I’ve ever seen. I admire you.

  14. Handsome is the word I call my man most of the time(now husband I suppose…) He actually hates it for some reason! I also get teased for saying “good grief” and “for crying out loud”…
    The suits look great, I say that a bathing suit is one small step away from a bodysuit, they’re pretty much interchangeable!

  15. tgoc says:

    love your pictures and outfits! i could so see you as a model for american apparel.
    ps. check out http://www.twogirlsonecloset.blogspot.com, we’re new and open to linking πŸ™‚

  16. Susie, you’re soooo cute in the third picture and in the fourth one you look like a cupcake^^.
    I admire you because you dare to wear everything and moreover you look stunning! Your style really bubble!(in a good way, of course)

  17. Wow! Wondeful! It was just impossible for me to imagine this king of association, but it looks very good!
    I find this style unusual, very creative, and i do love the one with balloon!
    Just a big thanks for making me dream!

  18. Hooray Aussie labels! xo

  19. s. says:

    why i have i never seen suits like this before?
    they are so much more interesting.

  20. I love all of these!! So awesome! The horse is my favorite!!

  21. JL says:

    u are just awesome! i love how u mix and match prints and pieces! gorgeous!

  22. CAROLINE says:

    I think the flamingo shorts are my favourite. Wouldn’t have thought of pairing a bodysuit with a sheer skirt, so thanks for the idea!

  23. well i love your sense of fashion, you’re amazing

  24. Laveena says:

    That flower belt should be retired now, everything else is great, like the AA bicycle shorts.

  25. Laveena says:

    I mean the flamingo shorts not bicycle haha

  26. susie_bubble says:

    Laveena: I’ve only ever posted that belt once! Plus I don’t believe in ‘retiring’ anything…

  27. Love, love, love the balloon one and the way you styled it!
    P.S. I’m coming to London…would love to meet up with you if you’re not too busy. πŸ™‚

  28. Joy D. says:

    South Beach bathing suits, love those! Can’t decide which is my favorite.

  29. Stacey Kelly says:

    these swimsuits look amazinggg, i might be buying one~!

  30. Nicoline says:

    They are ALL so GREAT πŸ˜€

  31. Lizard says:

    The suits are amazing but do you know what the song is in the clip?

  32. mel says:

    i absolutely love the prints on these, the colours work beautifully x

  33. Chuck says:

    you look adorable! not to be patronising or anything but seriously, super cute…

  34. Terri says:

    What a fun idea! I love the belt in the first pick and I dreamt of the sheer white skirt last night. Weird that it should appear here now.

  35. Aleks says:

    The colors and textures within your outfits are just superb,
    fabulous post!

  36. Juli says:

    Hey susie, wonderful outfits, my favourite is the first one – the playsuit is divine.
    Just wanted to ask though…are the clothes in your shoots all yours, or do you like rent them or something? V jealous if you get them all, I can barely afford one item of something special on a monthly basis!
    On that note, I would like to spurn Chanel for raising the prices of all their bags simply for the reason that they “would like to remain a luxury item and not high street.”
    Keep up the good work Susie!!

  37. susie_bubble says:

    Juli: The bathing suits are alas, not mine to keep – just borrowed them to have a bit of fun with…. but everything else is mine!
    I quite like Chanel’s stance on their bags actually – I can see why they did it… it is luxury and to be honest, the extra price hike isn’t going to affect their mainstay customer who can probably afford to buy ten of those bags in one go…

  38. oh wow, your outfits look so amazing!
    really really amazing!
    wish there were some girls around here in Zurich, who were enough smart to wear outfits like yours!
    thank you so much for your colourful inspiration!

  39. Nice look (very handsome!), the animal prints look great and I don’t think price is too much of an issue most of the time?

  40. Heather says:

    Great look !!! it’s so unique ! I love your blog to discover all new fashion items and trendy looks ! I love your website and the ELLE mag to know everything about fashion. I like the ELLEfamily twitter too http://twitter.com/ellefamily ! thanks

  41. I love all of these looks. Their pieces are gorgeous. And Handsome is a killer word!

  42. melissa says:

    OMG! All these tops are simply amazing and those red sandals are to die for! <3

  43. I call my boyfriend handsome every single day πŸ™‚
    I love the bright colours. You look as adorable as ever, Susie.

  44. Nice content, I think this is a nice blog. Keep going.

  45. Verena says:

    wonderful! I want all swinsuites!

  46. Verena says:

    I want all swinsuites!

  47. Sabine says:

    After seeing this I don’t think I need to go on holidays anymore. London balconies can be truly tropical… Or even better – I want to take all these bathing suits with me! Great styling!!

  48. fox and rose says:

    Thanks have been looking for a great swimwear brand, so many are generic and boring. I love Sydney style and this personifies it.
    Thanks for posting.

  49. Sarah says:

    I hear these bad boys will be in Harvey Nichols, Net-A-Porter and Selfridges from October!

  50. Imogen says:

    And us on the continent won’t have to miss our – Quartier 206 & Colette will also be stocking. xxx

  51. Dru says:

    Awww, the suits are cute! Esp. the one with the balloons on- it looks less like a bathing suit and more like a leotard because of the sleeves- it’s adorably like little-kid clothes, in a way. And I love the fact that you’re smiling- you look so happy.

  52. Alex says:

    Love your take on these bathing suits!The colours are so vibrant and they really shine under sunlight! wow. Real perk-me-ups!
    X Alex

  53. moncler says:

    you look so beautiful whatever wear what clthing. you are angler.

  54. Soo says:

    I love your photo shoot so much!
    Do the We are Handsome suits run small? I’ve heard they do.

  55. Gold & Gems says:

    These styles are truly excellent, I’ll be looking through them all. Thanks.

  56. becky says:

    youre so cute.

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