Hit the beach with these summer picks!
Spending your days planning your next mini break or summer vacation? Then one of the first steps has to be your swimwear, right, mamas? Now swimsuit shopping isn’t always a pleasant experience – it can be challenging finding a bikini that fits your personal style and gives you the confidence to walk around without having to tie a wrap around your waist. And when it comes to the dads and kids – all they have to worry about is how quickly they can get into the pool! So leave it to us and check out our top swimwear picks for the whole fam – we guarantee that we’ve got your entire clan covered – and that you’ll be ordering a whole new swimsuit wardrobe before you can say, “Pass me the sun tan lotion!”
Perfect for all our sassiest mamas, August Society carries a range of beautifully made bathing suits to suit (pun totally intended) every tropical paradise holiday. What’s more, shopping with them means doing a good deed – $5 from each swimsuit will be donated to help bring clean water to communities in Africa, Southeast Asia and South America.
August Society, 16A Haji Lane, Singapore 189209, www.augustsociety.com
Cotton On Kids
Who hasn’t heard of Australian high-street label Cotton On? We love them for their easy basics and affordable threads, but what’s making us love them more is the huge collection of quirky kids wear that will look all too cute on the bubs! Their swimwear range holds a variety of bikinis, rash vests, board shorts and more, all in their signature colourful prints.
This multi-label concept store has it all: fashion, beauty, lifestyle, homeware, you name it. It’s a one-stop shop for mamas who have a penchant for scented candles, luxurious Turkish rugs, unique cutlery and of course, pretty bikinis. An entire corner of the boutique is dedicated to the beachside theme, so you’ll even get to grab a sunhat and picnic mat while you’re at it!
This unisex family swimsuit store will bring out the inner Brady bunch lover in you and have you wishing to match the entire family in the same outfits! Beautiful bright colours adorn the collection of kids’ swim shorts, rash vests, tankinis, accessories and more with identical designs for adults. Our fave has got to be the parrot print with the salmon-coloured background!
With spring in our midst (although it’s always hot hot hot here in Singers), summer will be here before you know it, and we’re excited to see what H&M brings next. Their current collection is generously stocked with all your poolside needs, from everything for your little baby bubs to the big kiddos and fun pieces for you and the hubs!
Whoever said modesty has to be boring obviously hasn’t shopped at K.Blu. The mama and kid-friendly label has some amazing one-pieces in chest-covering styles (think halter bikinis and cut-out styles) for all our busty mamas, and in unique prints to boot! They’re so chic you could even double them up to wear as bodysuits under high-waisted jeans or flowing maxi skirts.
Previously catering to just beach-loving dudes with a liking for quirky prints, Mazu’s Summer 2016 collection now extends to a boys’ range to match their über cool dads! We can’t wait to get our hands on them and have some father-son matching going on.
Mazu Swimwear, www.mazuswimwear.com
How often has your little one gotten cuts from the harsh tiled pool floorings or accidentally stepped on something sharp at the playground, mama? If the answer is one too many, then it’s time to invest in a pair of Poolzies. These pool shoes for kids will have their feet protected in any hot and wet surface, and are especially beneficial for the long hours spent on a fun weekend at the water park.
Your next summer holiday is about to get much sexier, mama. Seafolly’s range of swimwear comes with innovative fabrics away from the usual spandex and lycra! Even denim is in the mix, so if you love yourself some blue jeans, have a little of it in your bikini, aside from all the classic little black bikinis and casual string styles.
Seafolly Wisma Atria, Orchard Road #02-16/17, Singapore 238873, Seafolly Takashimaya, Level 4, 391 Orchard Rd, Singapore 238873, Seafolly Great World, 1 Kim Seng Promenade, #01-39E, Singapore 237994, www.seafolly.com.sg
Your little surfer dudes and dudettes will love Snapper Rock for their brightly printed rash guards and board shorts! Poolside kaftans and sheer smocks will also have your little girls dressing up like their mamas…all that’s missing is a pair of oversized sunnies to complete the look! They’re available both online and in Ocean Paradise stores locally, so make a trip down before your next beach escape.
Snapper Rock at Ocean Paradise Family Store, 163 Tanglin Road,#01-07/08 Tanglin Mall, Singapore 247933, Tel: (+65) 6235 4718, Snapper Rock at Ocean Paradise Kids Store, #05-29A Paragon, 290 Orchard Road, Singapore 238859, Tel: (+65) 6836 2672, www.snapperrock.com
For bags that take you beyond the beach, look to Systrer, mama. Their Playa Playa bags have been making waves here in Singers, doubling up totes with extra room for running errands, a diaper bag and an overnight bag. You’ll also find other summer-ready accessories and cute bikinis to stock up on.
Tom & Teddy
We can’t get enough of all the dad-and-son matchy-matchy situations. Tom & Teddy has some of the best swim shorts with quick-dry microfibre fabric that’s both salt water and chlorine resistant, complete with UV protection and a super-soft finish for both your hubs and little boys. Plus, the cute prints are just irresistible!
Tom & Teddy, www.tomandteddy.com
If you’ve already got enough bikinis to last a lifetime, mama, consider stocking up on your poolside wardrobe that doesn’t include swimsuits. We’re talking wraps, easy smocks, edgy off-shoulder summer tops and itty bitty shorts to show off those tanned gams. You’ll find these, plus summer accessories like sunnies, sandals and crocheted bags at Vama Style!
Willow and Huxley
For all things luxurious, one-off and exclusive, head to Willow and Huxley, mama. We love their boutique that’s stocked with all sorts of gorgeous threads in forgiving fabrics and designs, plus unique finds in the jewellery and fashion accessory front from brands like T. Atelier, By Malene Birger, Cocobelle by L*Space and more.
Just keep swimming (in style), mamas!