Revealing the WINNERS of this year's Junior Design Awards...
Junior Design Awards 2017 for Best Children's Swimwear Collection
Whether your idea of making a splash is a classic one-piece or a tropical bikini, kids swimwear has blossomed into a highly sophisticated design category with so many gorgeous pieces to choose from.
We were dreaming of time-out with a bucket and spade by the time we had worked our way through this year's gorgeous entries...
THE GOLD AWARD FOR BEST CHILDREN'S SWIMWEAR COLLECTION... BEANIE & BEAR
A brand that is all about the sunshine and fun. At the heart of Beanie & Bear is the fact that the designs draw heavily on founder Noya Bebawis' own childhood memories of joyful fun in the sun, innocence, dribbly ice-creams, the smell of the ocean and sand between your toes.
Beanie and Bear pieces channel the 1970s in terms of shapes but all come with the trademark neon pop and the trims bringing a definite touch of the 1980s to the (beach) party. Classics with a twist.
Nora is a children’s illustrator, graphic designer and mother of two children whose nicknames are... you’ve guessed it!
A stickler for cut and quality and her obsessive focus on perfect fit, quality, and durability really does shine through.
All the judges were smiling when they viewed this collection and were very impressed that the fabrics used are SPF50+, ethically sourced and all produced and made in the UK.
Junior Editor Bonita said:
"I am beyond thrilled that Beanie & Bear have won Gold - I have followed this brand from the beginning and each year it just gets better and better. My question is - when are you going to make adult sizes?"
THE SILVER AWARD FOR BEST CHILDREN'S SWIMWEAR COLLECTION... MARKS & SPENCER
That you're going to get great quality at Marks & Spencer is a given - but our judges were particularly taken with the fun and eye-catching designs submitted by the British high street store this year.
With pieces to cater for both flamboyant and classic tastes, there was something to please every bathing belle and boy.
Marks & Spencer exclusively developed Lycra Extra Life technology that keeps swimwear newer for longer - just another sign of their commitment to innovation and excellence in this field.
Junior Editor Bonita said: "I just love the riot of ruffles and frills in this season's swimwear collection. Bright colours that make it easy to spot your little one on the beach are always a great idea."
Fellow judge Natalie Lee from Style Me Sunday simply added: "I'm just loving the M&S swimwear - so COOL!"
THE BRONZE AWARD FOR BEST CHILDREN'S SWIMWEAR COLLECTION... Pop-in Swim Collection
Keeping kids safe in the sun and warm in the water are huge concerns for parents taking their little ones swimming.
Pop-in Swim's new baby and toddler suits really do provide a solution for these worries as well as being super cute to look at.
Designed to be soft on the skin and easy to put on and take off, the wriggling toddler has been taken into full account with their clever stretch designs and fastenings and of course the UPF of 50+ means no sunburn.
The company's hugely popular swim nappies, which are also inbuilt into their all-in-one suits, feature a hidden waterproof membrane and are a must for any parents who don't want to be caught out by any disastrous leaks in the water.
Our judges felt these were great products that would make beach and pool life so much easier while remaining very easy on the eye.