Summer is upon us, people, and we’ve been ditching sugar and carbs in a quest to get our mum-tums ready for our next family vacay in Asia (let’s see how long that lasts). But whether you are jetting off with the kids to somewhere fancy, or just in need of something fab to wear by the pool here in Singapore, we’ve scoured sunny Singapore in search of the ultimate beach and pool wear, from tankinis to bikinis, and one-pieces to beach cover-ups and kaftans. No matter what kind of coverage you’re after, our pick of swimsuits, kaftans and beach accessories will make you feel fab…
Linen & More
Linen & More has been sourcing its colourful beach and resort wear to Singapore directly from India since 2010. Each and every piece is hand-picked by the owner, Manisha, ensuring that quality and gorgeousness are a given when it comes to finding the perfect beach cover-up for your next holiday. These guys are moving location soon, so do make sure you pop by for the big moving out sale that’s happening right now!
Linen & More, #02-12, 1 Kim Seng Promenade, Great World City, Singapore; www.facebook.com/linennmore
This brand is a well-loved and well-known ‘go to’ for beach babes in Australia, and now with three stores here on the Little Red Dot, Aussies no longer get to keep it to themselves! Whether you are pear shape, string bean or apple, or if your top half is not the same size as your bottom, Seafolly’s bikinis and tankinis all come in mix and match styles and sizes. Hurrah! Never again will we have baggy tops and clingy bottoms! (Or vice versa). Online orders are available with free delivery over $100.
Seafolly, Wisma Atria, Takashimaya, and Great World City; www.seafolly.com.sg
K.BLU’s line of women’s swimwear is crafted from high-quality fabrics and governed by an Asian design philosophy. The styles, cuts and designs have been created to fit perfectly on the smaller, petite frames that so many are blessed with in these parts of the world. But with sizes ranging from UK size 6 through to UK size 14, there’s something for everyone. This local label is fairly new in town, but it’s already making waves thanks to its stunning collections.
K.BLU, 46 Kim Yam Road, #03-05, Singapore 239351, p. 6696 6961, (by appointment only); www.kblu.com
The Wit and the Will
The Wit and the Will is a Singapore-based independent online boutique offering original “beachwear for the bold”, which uses the creator’s London fashion roots and Singapore’s tropical lifestyle as inspiration for the collections. Think kaftans and kimonos in striking prints and fun details like pom pom trims or fringing. Some of the HoneyKids team have already snapped up the dreamy kaftans in embroidered sheer organza! Also, be sure to check out the collection of amazing chunky jewellery, which will liven up the simplest of cozzies quick smart. The Wit and the Will offers free shipping to seal the deal.
The Wit and the Will, available online only; www.thewitandthewill.com
The swimwear range available at Next is not only huge, but reasonably priced too. Extra big ‘hurrah’ for catering to women of all shapes and sizes – bikini bras go up to a G cup – and for also having some gorgeous maternity swimwear options too.
Next, online only, www.next.sg/en
With 11 locations around Singapore for you to snap up something from its collections, Sunseeker is readily available for any woman looking for something practical but still fun and flattering. Celebrate your bod in a cozzie from one of its contemporary design ranges and rock your look at the pool in an monochromatic bikini or a tropical print one-piece. With sizes ranging from AUS8 to 16, these guys will having us all looking and feeling fabulous both in and out of the water.
Sunseeker Swimwear, various locations; www.sunseekerswimwear.com
Firefly is our go-to label for the perfect cotton dresses and kaftans to throw over swimmers. We love the colourful kaftans with beautiful embroidery and bohemian flair – it’s a collection just made for tropical living. With sizes ranging from XS to XXL (AUS 8-18), Firefly has everyone covered.
Firefly Clothing, Tanglin Mall #02-24/25 Singapore 247933; www.facebook.com/fireflyclothingsing
Marks and Spencer
We love that good ol’ Brit import, Marks and Spencer, not only caters for women of all shapes and sizes, but it does it with great style in mind. Mix and match sizes (perfect for those of us with ample bottoms and slimmer top halves) when shopping for a bikini or tankini, or check out the one-pieces that often come with secret control panels and corsets designed to suck up the bits you need a bit of help with.
Marks and Spencer, various locations; www.global.marksandspencer.com/sg
Simone Irani Resort Wear
The epitome in beach and pool glamour, Simone Irani Resort Wear is the ultimate boutique for designer resort wear. From local labels to international designers, you’re totally covered when it comes to dresses, kaftans, swimwear and accessories guaranteed to add a whole lot of glamour to your poolside look.
Simone Irani Swimwear, Cluny Court, 501, Bukit Timah Road, Singapore; www.facebook.com/SimoneIraniResortWear
Frolik’s UPF 50+ swimwear keeps the whole family protected from harmful UV rays, and with the swimwear and rash vest range coming in fun tropical prints for kids and grown ups, we’re well on board with a themed pineapple beachwear family thing going on. Based here in Singapore, delivery is quick and free.
Frolik, online only; www.frolikbeachstyle.com
It is no secret that the HoneyKids’ team has a love affair going on with Mister Zimi, and its lush swimwear collection is no exception. Available online and with super speedy delivery, the bright colours and swoon-worthy patterns of its swimwear range will definitely put you on the ‘coolest mum at the beach’ radar. Sizes range from an Australian 6 to 14.
Mister Zimi, online only; www.misterzimi.com
August Society has brought beautifully made, quality swimwear to Singapore with a range of mix and match options sold separately, so that you can confidently choose the cut and style of each piece to best flatter your figure. We also love the fact that their well-structured pieces are adjustable! We all gain or lose a kg or two every once in a while, so the adjustable backs and straps mean you will still get a great fit. Its extensive online range has us spoilt for choice with everything from monokinis in beautiful Japanese-inspired prints to gorgeous rash guards for when we want to stay a bit more covered up. Its collections range in size from XS to XL, and with free delivery by courier within Singapore, and a 14-day returns policy.
August Society, available online only; www.augustsociety.com
Photography (lead image): Mister Zimi