It’s not easy being a beach bombshell, especially when shopping for the right swimsuit can be a mammoth task. Women everywhere go through their fair share of frustrations when it comes to finding a bathing suit that hugs all the right places, and hides all the flaws. Before you start shopping, you need to know what is your body shape, and what are the cuts that flatter your body most. To help you find your dream swimsuit, we got a few tips from fashion director Josiah Chua and fashion stylist Furqan Saini.
For those who are bottom heavy
“Pick a one-piece swimsuit with a graphic print in small patterns,” says Josiah. “The smaller motif can create the illusion of a slimmer silhouette. Or choose a two-piece swimsuit that comes with high-waisted bottoms to elongate the torso, as well as create the appearance of smaller hips.” He adds that a cut-out on the torso, plunging neckline or textured materials can draw the attention away from your behind.
For those with a straight body shape
“Look out for ruffles or padding on the chest to create the illusion of a fuller bust. Likewise, pick bottoms with ruffles or ruched details,” says Furqan.
For those looking to hide a tummy
“Pick a swimsuit with a thicker and sturdy fabric so that it doesn’t cling onto the tummy,” suggests Josiah. “Also, black-and-white prints can also distract the eyes away from the stomach.”
For those with a large bust and narrow hips
“Add volume on the lower half with a peplum or skirt-style or define your waist with cut-outs,” Furqan recommends. “Halter-style tops and off-shouldered swimsuits are great — they make wide shoulders seem narrower. You can also go with a dark-coloured top, and a light-coloured bottom to balance out proportions,” says Furqan.
For the athletic figure
“To highlight the best parts of your body without looking too bulky, try swimsuits that come with sporty elements such as cut-out panels or racerback tops that highlight the back,” says Josiah. “Swimsuits that cut into the neck like a halter can also flatter your build.”
Here’s our list of designer swimwear brands to help you looking sharp poolside.
For many people, paying top dollar for an Eres swimsuit is a worthy investment. While the French swimwear label is revered for its sleek, sculptural silhouettes and elegant designs, it’s the proprietary, high-tech fabric that sets it apart from the rest of the pack. Called peau douce, it was created in the 1960s, and is a blend of polyamide jersey. A dense weave supports and sculpts the body with no padding, a major feat considering its flattering cuts .
This Chanel-owned brand is also the first label to sell swimwear tops and bottoms separately as well as supply swimwear all-year round. Styles at Eres are kept timeless, with no graphic designs or logos.
190 Orchard Boulevard, #01-12, Four Seasons Hotel, Singapore 248646
PatBo was started by Brazilian Patricia Bonaldi, whose swimsuit takes on an almost haute couture slant because of her intricate embroidery. Take for example this cross-front one piece bathing suit: It has a waist-cinching belt for a slimming effect, and a cut out that flatters a smaller bust.
Bonaldi is all about supporting her community. She established an atelier in her hometown of Uberlandia, hires only local workers and supplies more than 400 jobs to women there.
Norma Kamali isn’t just a designer, she’s also an inventor. One of her most iconic designs — it inspired a cult following among men and women — is the sleeping bag coat. A collector’s item, the coat is actually made out of a sleeping bag, and offers full cold-weather coverage while being remarkably lightweight.
But Kamali’s reputation extends beyond winter outfits. She’s also the woman behind the iconic red swimsuit that Farrah Fawcett wore. Swimwear continues to be at the core of Kamali’s brand as she continues to deliver impeccabe one-piece numbers, with flattering ruching, detailed embellishments and standout prints.
When one thinks of La Perla, luxurious delicates and lust-worthy underpinnings in the finest fabrications inevitably pops to mind. But the Italian label also extends its intricate craftsmanship to swimwear, including bold-coloured bikinis with accents that pay homage to its Italian heritage. Think V-shaped hardware that draws inspiration from the decorative grooves of classic columns, as well as sensual one-piece highlights with plunging necklines and adjustable details for the right fit.
La Perla is available at Ngee Ann City (#02-12G ) andMarina Bay Sands (#B1-012)
Colombian designer Johanna Ortiz launched her swimwear line after delighting many with her statement resort-style pieces. She injects her Latin American spirit into all of her designs — voluminous ruffles, elaborate one-shoulder details, flamboyant prints and one pieces that easily transform into beachside bodysuits. The best part? The silhouettes flatter most body shapes. Oritz’s creations are also elegant and durable enough to take you on trips from Koh Samui to the Cote d’Azur.
Johanna Ortiz is available at Net-a-Porter
The word ‘ose’ in Oseree is derived from a French word that means “to dare”. The range of swimsuits by founders Isabella and Jannine is an ode to girl power with its sensual yet sophisticated designs as well as silhouettes that flatter the natural curves of every woman.
This Italian label is also a nod to the duo’s Mediterranean background. Think two-piece bathing suits decorated in 1920s-style pearl fringing, metallic one-piece swimwear, and plunging halter suits lined with lace.
Zimmermann was started by Australian sisters Nicky and Simone Zimmermann in 1991 with the aim of creating cleverly cut swimwear featuring subtle prints. One of Australia’s top brands, their namesake label sticks to a free-spirited aesthetic with relaxed resort wear styling that captured the international audience. Its Summer/Spring 2019 collection features a gamut of versatile swimwear, including a form-fitting Italian lycra belted swimsuit, and a scoop tie bikini with feminine bow details.
Zimmermann is available at Shopbop
Local brand K.Blu hinges on three pillars: Quality fabrics, unique prints and good fit. Sizes go up to UK18 to cater to plus-sized women, and the brand is also working towards a more sustainable model, by using a heat transfer sublimation printing process, so artwork can be transferred onto the fabric from the ink transfer paper, eliminating dye from entering the water system, and ensuring less fabric wastage through strict quality control.
#02-14, Mandarin Gallery
Mara Hoffman sent shockwaves through the industry when she overhauled her business model and rebooted it as a sustainable label. Her efforts have paid off though. Today, she’s known as a Champion of Sustainability, and her collections (made in natural and recycled fabrics) are regularly snapped up for its softer and earthier aesthetics. Many items in her collection are made of 65 % Repreve polyester, 100% regenerated nylon fibre made from pre and post-consumer waste, like fishing nets, industrial plastic waste and fabric scraps. The result are durable, classic swimwear that are as kind to Mother Earth as they are to your body.
Feel like a Victoria’s Secret angel at the beach. The American brand recently relaunched its swimwear range after a three-year hiatus. The online-only collection features one-piece swimwear in different styles, including bikini bottoms cut so high with plunging necklines. The site also hosts a range of other brands including swimwear from Kenneth Cole and Normaillot.