Girls Swim / Active Shorts with Tie - Tropic of Unicorn™

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"When my children came back from the beach one day with sunburnt legs I knew I had to do better, and do more for kids to keep them sun-safe...." - Emily Gradon, Tribe Tropical Founder 

A perfect addition to our Tropic of Unicorn™ range, these swim / active shorts with adjustable tie offer style, added sun-protection and modesty. 

These shorts are fully-lined front & back, and have an adjustable waist tie.

Elegantly tailored, these shorts are designed to be worn with our Tropic of Unicorn™ swim range, or they can be worn with any of our plain rash guard tops. Being fully lined, these shorts can also be worn in place of a swim brief. 

Super cute with a plain white t-shirt also, these shorts can be worn casually at the park or to gymnastics, or on beach/pool days in the water, with any of our unicorn style swimsuits.  

** Please note that the swimsuit / top is sold separately to these shorts - this listing is for shorts only. 

Print information

With a name inspired by Queensland's Capricorn Coast on the Tropic of Capricorn, this fun, feminine print features elegant unicorns on a magical background of soft pinks, purples and blues, amidst tropical flora and fauna. 

Hand-drawn exclusively for Tribe Tropical by Brisbane artist Stacey Bigg.

These shorts look great with a matching hat in the same print! 

Features of these shorts include:

  • Fully-lined front & back 
  • Elegant, feminine tailoring 
  • Has an adjustable waist tie 
  • Elegant addition to your child's swim wardrobe! 
  • UPF50+ protection, blocking out 97% of UVA and UVB rays
  • Thicker than standard high-GSM fabric 
  • Buttery soft, two-way stretch polyester/spandex fabric – OEKO-TEX certified for sustainability
  • Limited print-run to eliminate waste, environmental strain, and to maintain boutique appeal
  • Exclusively-designed custom print with a unique Australian flair, drawn in Brisbane by artist Stacey Bigg
  • Beach-luxe at its best!

 ** We recommend applying sunscreen to all areas exposed to the sun.




Feedback from other parents is that these shorts run: generally true to size

These swim shorts run true to size; a 6Y pair of shorts should fit an average-sized 6 year old and so on. Please refer to the size chart (in website footer) for measurements. 

Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns, we’re always happy to help! 


Permitted within 30 days of payment date. Must be unused/unworn with all tags and hygiene stickers still attached. 

Refunds are processed less a $5 admin/restock fee. 


Domestic Australia – free over A$150 spend otherwise flat rate of A$8.95 applies.

International –


We ship worldwide; discounted rates start at A$12.95 



To ensure longevity of your swimwear, please:

  • Rinse immediately after use to clean out salt and chlorine.
  • Ideally hand-wash as often as possible as this will ensure longevity of the fabric

(if machine-washing please use a garment bag, cold water & low spin cycle) 

  • Do not wring, rub, soak or bleach swimwear. 
  • Dry in the shade – never tumble dry.  
  • Do not leave rolled up wet or store when damp.
  • Do not iron or dry clean.
  • Take care when dressing as over-stretched zips risk disconnecting or the plastic teeth may break, as can happen with any zip.



Customer Reviews

Based on 1 review
Suzie Handson
Adorable & stylish

These shorts are super cute, beautifully made and a lovely cut. Thick fabric, nothing see-through here so my daughter wears the shorts with her matching tropic of unicorn top. She also loves wearing them to the park, great for all occasions!

My kids wore these swimmers for over 2 years. Not one issue with them, they still have a good year or two in them as well so last 3-4 years. We've had no fade or stretch, no pulling or pilling. Have handed down to friends children as my children outgrew them. Love them so much.
— Seanne P.
I am really impressed with the level of support the ladies swimsuit provides, even for a larger cup size, which is so hard to find.

Fantastic to wear for any water activity. I love the sun protection and comfort of the swimsuit while surfing, paddleboarding or just chilling at the beach.
— Amy M.
Tribe Tropical swimwear is by far the best designed and quality in Australia. The thought process that has gone into these designs, made for comfort, quality and being so sunsafe is a stand out. Each time my daughter wears these they wash up like brand new.
— Betty G.

Tribe Tropical™ is an award-winning swim & beachwear label from Queensland, Australia.

With exclusive patterns inspired by some of tropical Australia’s most idyllic destinations, our brand is built around a love of family, adventure and travel to magical places.

All swimsuits & hats are UPF50+, double-lined and chlorine resistant.

Baby / toddler suits feature nappy-change clips and womens suits feature inbuilt shelf bras.

Available for KIDS 0-14 years, and ADULTS XS-3XL.

Hi! I’m Emily, mother of 3 little girls and founder of Tribe Tropical. 

Growing up I used to dread beach days!
As a red-head with fair skin, growing up in the tropics, I either had to risk being teased by other kids for covering up in a daggy old t-shirt, or end the day sunburnt & in pain. 

Having since suffered with countless skin cancer treatments (and further to the loss of my grandfather due to melanoma), I understand the importance of sun protection - I started Tribe Tropical with a desire to protect my family and yours in beautiful, high-quality sun-protective swimwear that people would feel good in & enjoy wearing. 

No-one should dread a beach day! I hope to help you to make them fun & burn-free also.