With eternally hot and humid weather in Singapore and around Asia, clothing in breathable fabrics are a must when it comes to getting the wardrobe on point for yourself and the rest of the family. As usual, our fashion team is here to help! From lightweight dresses to hot sandals, beach towels, swim wear and accessories, stay cool and on trend with our summer shopping guide.
We know how tough it can be tough to find decent swim wear in Singapore for ourselves, let alone for the kiddies! That’s why we just had to share this real gem of a find. Local brand Teepeeto offers top quality swimmers for kids up to age 12 in an array of bright and cheerful colours, and at affordable price points too.
What’s more, the swimsuit designs are tested in Australia by the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA) to ensure they all have an ultra violet protection rating of 50+ – ideal for keeping their precious complexions safe when they frolic in the pool or by the beach.
You can shop the designs easily through the online store (with free shipping on orders over $99 and a fuss-free 14 day return service) or at Mothercare outlets island wide.
Centrally located in the Telok Ayer district, Willow and Huxley is a real gem of a boutique. Store owner Susie and her team of buyers, Yaya and Angela, work hard to bring in a range of styles from smart casual to work wear, black tie and resort, all sourced in limited quantities from around the globe.
The multi-label store carries a cool mix of contemporary clothing and accessories from well-known designers such as By Malene Birger, Cameo Collective and Bec & Bridge, as well as up-and-coming local labels such as accessory brand The Tui Collection and jewellery brand Trish Van N. When it comes to resort style, you’re spoilt for choice with a well-curated range of breezy maxi-dresses, beautiful camisole tops and snazzy swimwear – both one-pieces and bikinis!
Interested in a different sort of night out with the girls? The store also hosts Sip’n’Shop private parties, where you can book in with your gal pals for the evening and sip bubbly while browsing the latest fashion ranges. What’s more, if you’re in a style rut, their helpful team can even arrange for a stylist to visit your home and help you sort your wardrobe out.
When designer Emma Femminile first moved to Singapore, she saw a real gap in the market for wearable everyday clothing for our tropical climate. Her English summer wardrobe was more suited to an Australian winter; everything felt far too hot! Put that together with Emma’s background in interior design – she’s always had a penchant for fabrics and geometric patterns – and fashion label White Ginger was born in 2012.
The label is ideal for on-the-go mums and other women of all shapes and sizes. Its effortlessly chic collections, which include everything from breezy dresses to essential separates, can take you from beach to bar simply by changing your accessories.
Seeing increasing demand for her beautiful prints and designs, Emma decided last year to open her Tanglin Mall store. New garments arrive each week, and you’ll also find a range of beautiful jewellery, bags and shoes sourced from all over the world. Ethically produced by Balinese seamstresses in limited quantities, each clothing design is unique to White Ginger, with many of the prints being designed by Emma herself.
Founded by globetrotter Florence Lim, Edit Lifestyle is a treasure trove of fashion, accessories and homeware sourced from all over the world. The décor at her Tudor Court lifestyle boutique wouldn’t be out of place in a lush pad in the Hamptons!
Inside you’ll find a provocative mix of swimwear from brands such as Eres, Lisa Marie Fernandez, Orlebar Brown and Marysia; and beach cover-ups from Talitha, Lila Eugenie, Karma, Raquel Allegra and The Sleep Shirt. For easy daytime apparel, the store also carries a range of sassy skirts, shorts and tops that are perfect for keeping you cool. For après-swimming evening wear with maximum impact, slip into one of the long, sensuous maxis.
Flip-flops by Tkees and Soludos espadrilles are on-trend footwear choices, while hats from Helen Kaminski and Ecua-Andino and sunglasses from Linda Farrow, Italia Independent and Ross & Brown are ideal for that all-important sun protection.
Founded by Tiffany Maughan in 2001, multi-label store Shopping at Tiffany’s is a haven for cool, indie brands from Australia, the UK and Asia, with new stock arriving daily. Our editor’s pick? The latest collection from Foundling, inspired by ethnic patterns and timeless folk styles – from the Mexican heartlands to the ancient artisanal hub of Java, Indonesia: think tribal designs and cool folk-embroidery. What’s more, the pieces are crafted ethically, so you can shop with a safe conscience.
What’s Tiffany’s favourite piece from the collection? We asked the woman herself, and here’s her answer: “This gorgeous shift dress crafted in soft cotton with piped bib embroidery features a traditional Spanish crucifix, a sacred heart and hummingbird motifs. The classic shift silhouette is a wardrobe staple, the quality is premium and it’s designed with comfort in mind. It’s easy to wear, too; style it up with a simple pair of leather sandals and a tote bag and you’re out the door!”
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Fashion doesn’t have to stop at your wardrobe: these eco-friendly peshtemal towels are trending across Europe and fast gaining popularity across the globe. Crafted from 100 percent cotton hand-loomed in Turkey, they’re easy to roll up and tote along in your bag and on your travels; even celebs like Jennifer Aniston and Gwyneth Paltrow are said to be fans.
Available at Singapore-based online retailer Summer Moments in an array of funky styles and fade-resistant colours, they’re lightweight, highly absorbent and dry exceedingly quickly, making them versatile for use at the beach, pool, spa or gym, or as a blanket – whatever takes your fancy.
On the hunt for multiple style choices? Take a trip to TANGS, which houses a large selection of chic-casual, beach, swim and glam clothing options from a plethora of international brands. Here are our highlights:
Founded by Australian designer Kaitie Manani, Vamastyle produces tropically inspired capsule collections all year round.
American beachwear label Pitusa crafts its designs from fine Peruvian cotton in vibrant colour palettes with a signature Inca trim.
Uma and Leopold offers handcrafted pieces that can take a month to create and feature techniques such as kerawang, embroidery, hand-beading and leatherweaving.
Vagabond is a luxe bohemian brand that creates beach towels inspired by nature – from the red rocks of Arizona to the amazing full-colour spectrum of Iceland. Also, the founders donate 10 percent of their proceeds to environmental charities.
Solid & Striped, conceived in New York, presents elegantly simple swimwear and classic lounge-wear essentials made from fine European and Japanese fabrics.
Mischa, a label which mixes up contemporary and classic design elements, is best known for its iconic hexagon print tote bags and accessories.
MAAJI creates cool reversible swimwear designs so you can create multiple different looks with one piece. Designs are also constructed in seamless materials that don’t leave marks or indentations on the skin.
Eden + Elie uses heritage bead-weaving techniques to create jewellery with a modern aesthetic. Each piece is designed, crafted and handwoven in Singapore, using responsibly-sourced materials and miyuki seed beads.
Binary Style was founded by twin designers who say they seek to capture the richness of life, nature and architecture through their scarf designs.
SAHA produces its swimsuits in Colombia from high quality lycra. The luxe designs feature strategically placed mesh detailing that adds a delicately feminine touch to each piece.
PHAX one-piece swimwear is made from a special material called Powernet, which provides supportive shape – great for flattering curvy figures.
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