Whether it’s a bikini or kids swimsuit, our Singapore round-up has it covered
For an island nation with year-round sunshine and a heavy sprinkling of pools, sourcing swimwear (a sartorial minefield at the best of times) can be surprisingly challenging. But bikini salvation is here!
(All pictures courtesy of Ocean Paradise)
Brands: Banana Moon, Bodynits, Gottex, Seafolly, Speedo
Sizes: Varies by brand. A wide range is available, with glamorous Gottex offering up to USA size 16.
The Collection: Recent arrival Seafolly is flying off the shelves. This Australian brand knows exactly how to marry aesthetics and functionality, with mix and match separates in a huge variety of cuts to suit any physique. If functional is all you’re after, the Speedo collection won’t disappoint. Local brand Bodynits offers everything from beautiful bikinis (with UV protection) to water sports bras.
Why We Love It: Choice, choice, choice.
Find it: 391 Orchard Road, 6506 0458
Brands: Women – JETS by Jessika Allen, Miracle Suit, Tommy Bahama, ViX, Zimmermann. Men – O’Neill, Solar Suit. Girls – Gossip Girl, Hula Star. Boys – Charlie Rocket, Snapper Rock.
Sizes: USA 8-18 for women. The kids’ collection starts at 3 months. A capsule men’s collection of O’Neill board shorts is available too.
The Collection: Wonderfully flattering bikinis in bold, bright colours. UV-protected swimsuits for the little ones. Plus pool toys, snorkels and swim-aids.
Why We Love It: The slightly uninspiring store windows and bright lighting might have you fooled. Bear with them, head on in, and you’ll find one of the best assortments of swimwear Singapore has to offer, along with some of the friendliest staff.
Find it: 1st floor,Tanglin Mall, 163 Tanglin Road, 6235 4718
Brands: Babajaan, Beach Couture, Bijoux Beach, Elise Au Couturier, Valentina Vox
Sizes: European 36-44 (XS-XL)
The Collection: Owners Elle and Melanie are passionate about beach and resort-wear, and have a pretty stylish eye for it, too. Jet-set Brazilian bikinis sit alongside elegant one-pieces adorned with semi-precious stones. Accessorise with silver jewellery from Alessandra Gallo.
Why We Love It: For a personal shopping experience, with expert guidance, and an exclusive range of handpicked international designers.
Address: By appointment, at their showroom in the Orchard Road area. www.la-cascara.com
Brands: Baku, Huit, Jets Black Label, Jog, Ocean, Ocean Fitness, Squids, Tee-Pee-To
Sizes: The store stocks swimwear from US 4 (UK 6) to US14 (UK 16). There’s also a handy measuring and sizing chart on the website.
The Collection: Although Ocho Maeve prides itself on providing fairly fashion forward and flamboyant bikinis, the stores also stock a good range of one-pieces and cover-ups for Sandra Dee types. Two shops on the island, one in Novena and one at Kallang Leisure Park, plus an online store.
Why We Love It: It doesn’t matter how petite or wobbly your bits are, staff here will help find the right bikini or one-piece to flatter your shape.
Find it: 101 Thomson Road, 01-28A United Square, 6253 2236. www.ochomaeve.com
Brands: Kooey, Maaji, OndadeMar, Paradisa, Saha, Sabz, Stepanka
The collection: Not for the shy or retiring, by and large this selection has one thing in common: an utter rejection of the ideals of minimalism. Stepanka’s white-tasselled cowgirl bikini, with itsy-bitsy bottoms, would best be worn in the privacy of your own pool: it could well have you arrested for indecency. That said, there are marginally more modest options on display.
Why We Love It: For those not afraid of donning kaleidoscope bright suits, this is heaven.
Find it: www.zakoda.com
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