Seeing as it’s perennial summer here in Singapore, a trusty go-to swimsuit or two-piece that makes you feel attractive even on the worst of days should be a wardrobe priority. Whether you’re soaking up some vitamin sea (C) near the shore, lounging by the pool, or diving in the open seas, keep the good vibes flowing by dressing for the occasion.
Swimwear in Singapore is notoriously hard to find – if you don’t know where to look. So chin up! We’ve rounded up the stores with the hottest swimsuit styles to heat up your summer.
Online mix-and-match swimwear
16A Haji Lane, Singapore, 189209 | Available online.
This online brand is solving a problem that many women have. August Society realised that few women have well-proportioned bodies and took it upon themselves to create well-constructed mix and match swimwear. With a large selection of cuts and prints to suit all tastes, August Society allows shoppers to find the ideal top and bottom for your body shape in a print that they love.The latest collection features bikini’s, one-piece swimsuits and rash guards. Not only will the fit be spot on, but delivery and returns within Singapore are free!
Fun bikinis with vibrant designs
Babyblue Bikini spells fun and adventure. Their swimsuits include vibrant tribal prints with neon colours, in various classic swimsuit styles like halter neck, bandeau, criss-cross and one-piece monokinis. The brand strongly focuses on the element of fun, combining luxurious designs and comfortable fabrics. What’s more, the brand has partnered with other prominent swimwear labels, including Blue Glue bikini, Mar Egeu and Khongboon Swimwear to usher in a new generation of interesting pieces.
Couture-inspired swimwear boutique
8D Dempsey Road, Singapore 249672 | Also available online.
Get your fill of world-favourite designer swimwear brands from Latin America and the United States at Coral Secret. Caged bikinis and flirty maillots from the wildly popular Californian brand – Beach Bunny swimwear, goddess-glam embellished pieces from Aguaclara and fashion forward styles from Paridizia. Before you go cavorting on the white sand beaches of your luxury beach destination, you’ll want to give this couture-inspired swimwear boutique a visit!
Carefully curated swim and resort wear styles
This breezy lifestyle boutique is a destination in itself. Awash with pool blues and shell whites, the carefully curated boutique conveys a laid-back beach island vibe that falls in perfectly with its collection of swim and resort wear, beach-appropriate jewellery, cosmetics and home accessories. Swimwear options here hardly disappoint. Graphic print-astic one-pieces from We Are Handsome, swim separates from high-fashion favourite, Melissa Odabash and Aussie label Zimmermann form part of the formidable selection on deck.
Swimwear for petite women
#02-14, Mandarin Gallery, 333a Orchard Road, Singapore 238897 | Also available online.
If your favourite colour is blue, you’ll bless the day that K.BLU Swim entered the swimwear game. Aside from a gorgeous range of athletic and elegant body-flattering swimwear, K.BLU Swim stands apart from the other swimwear offerings with its dedicated Asian fit. Designed with the Asian frame in mind, K.BLU Swim’s swimmers are tailor-made for even the most petite of figures. We love the porcelain-printed keyhole corset one-piece and the asymmetrical one-piece with chevron mesh inserts for those appreciative of fuller coverage and better support. Head on down to their newly opened Summer Lounge at Mandarin Gallery, where you’ll find a range of accessories, resortwear and swimwear, including sensuous pieces from their sister brand, Kenzilily.
Luxury fashion designs from the Nordic
Krag Nordic is an online store with a love of the timeless sophistication and simplicity of Scandinavian design. The store carries the daring colour combinations, beautiful fabrics, feminine shapes of Danish brand Hanne Bloch, and the selection of bikinis, full piece costumes, cover ups and resort wear is all available for obligation free home fittings! Could buying swimwear get any easier!?
Bright and feminine swimwear
Score the perfect summer vacation accessory from Vamastyle’s range of bright and feminine swimwear. Cheeky bandeau bikini tops adorned with sunny chevron stripes and frilly one-shoulder maillots toe that fine balance between sexy and siren. Between the bold graphic prints and bright washes of colour, it’s hard to settle for just one, and why should you?
FUN AND TRENDY PRINTS
18 Roseburn Avenue Frankel Estate Singapore 456369 (By Appointment only) | Also Available online.
Attempting to avoid cookie-cutter bikini designs and colours this summer? Head over to theWYLDshop.com for a unique swimwear experience. Founded by Australian, Kara Bensley-Austin, theWYLDshop.com is dedicated to fashionistas throughout Asia who are in need of trendy, affordable high street style with an urban edge. The store features swimwear from Vamastyle and MinkPink, both of which include fun prints like psychedelic floral bikinis and one-piece swimsuits.
Swimwear in Singapore
Vibrant yet elegant swimwear, that caters for every body type can be hard to find. However, Luxe By The Beach, a swimwear and beachwear lifestyle boutique, brings affordable, high quality, fashionable collections for every age and body type. Their swimwear is made with top quality fabrics and embellishments.
The latest collection, Summer 2013, by Naked Sun is a vibrant expression of an easy, elegant lifestyle of sun, sea and city. Crafted in the most dazzling, sun-kissed shore in the world, the Philippines, the collection is a mixture of vibrant colours and distinctive prints with thoughtfully placed accents.
Which one have you got your eye on?
Price range. From S$120
Luxe By The Beach has great tips to remember when buying a swimsuit. Get them here!
Images c/o Naked Sun
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Naked Sun, Luxe by the Beach
Image: Self Magazine
For most, warm weather is one of life’s pleasures. Many count down the days till summer or a beach holiday. Some fortunate ones live in the tropics and are poolside all year round. Regardless of the situation, and occasion, many women spend endless hours searching for swimwear that suits their body, don’t find one, then spend their time in the sun covered up by clothing.
Fit is one of the most important factors when buying swimwear whether you are hourglass, straight up and down, a little top heavy, or exactly the opposite, or perhaps you are somewhere in between. That’s why have developed this guide; to help you find swimwear that is most flattering for you.
Are you an apple, inverted triangle, an oval or a little top heavy?
Be: A little wide in the torso including a full bust, waist, upper back and broad shoulders with slim arms, legs, and hips
Think: Angelina Jolie
Do: Underwire, halter, thick straps, tops with plenty of coverage. Draw attention to your bottom by wearing darker block colours on top and patterns/bright colours on the bottom. String bikini bottoms were made for your body shape! Buying separate pieces will be great for you.
Don’t do: Strapless.
Image: Shape Magazine
Are you a pear (or exactly the opposite of an apple), a triangle or spoon?
Be: Smaller on top than on bottom. Weight gain will normally go to the hips and thighs. Pears will always have a curvy bottom.
Do: Strapless, halter or padded tops. Use colour and pattern up top. Mix and match your bikini to draw attention away from problem areas. Look for bikinis where you can buy pieces separately – a larger bottom and smaller top.
Don’t do: Frills, patterns and detail below the waist. Boy shorts.
Do you resemble an hourglass and are exactly what most women want?
Be: Curvy but proportional. You have a well-defined waist with hips and shoulders that are well balanced.
Think: Jennifer Lawrence
Do: You have a lot of options here and you can get away with many styles. The tankini, halter, triangle, string bikinis. A little bit of extra support up top would be good!
Don’t do: Mix and match as this will make you look disproportionate.
Image: Shape Magazine
Are you a rectangle, straight up and down, banana or tube?
Be: Small framed and athletic or slim. You may have a small chest.
Think: Kate Hudson
Do: Girlie details are what you should be looking for… ruffles, ties, frills, etc will add volume to your frame. You are one of the only ones who can successfully do horizontal stripes. A side-tie bottom and high-leg cut will also do wonders for creating shape.
Don’t do: Vertical stripes.
Source: The Fashionography
Have you had the same old swimwear for years? Are you too afraid to go shopping for new swimwear in fear of having to try them on? Of course, it doesn’t help that retailers plaster ‘aspirational’ images of waif-like models around their stores. Or perhaps you are among those who just don’t know how and where to shop for swimwear?
We bring you three simple things to remember when buying a swimsuit, bathing suit, swimming costume, tog, bather, or cossie… whatever you want to call it!
FIT AND COMFORT
Fit and comfort level should be the two most important factors when choosing a swimsuit. Buy the correct-sized swimsuit, no matter what your figure may be. Women should choose a right fit for their body and one that suits their personality.
PLUS AND MINUS
Pick a swimsuit that highlights your pluses and hides the minuses. Bigger bottom coverage is not always flattering. Sometimes small is better. Also, a higher leg cuts makes your legs look longer.
PAY ATTENTION TO FABRIC
It should contain high quality materials. Nylon hugs the body and accentuates the curves, and like Lycra or Spandex help slim you down. Check the spandex-to-nylon ratio, as fabrics with a higher concentration of spandex tend to be more expensive.
Nylon is pretty durable and usually ensures a good fit. It is usually mixed with other materials to add to their durability.
Lycra/Spandex is great for athletic / competitive sports.
Cotton you should only buy cotton suits if you’re planning on sun bathing only.