Hot Looks for Poolside Cool

Swimwear for every body type – Inside gives you the lowdown on poolside glamour to help you look hot while staying cool

Issue: May 2015

Let Inside help you step out in style as you go for a dip to cool off this May, arguably the hottest month in sunny Singapore
Let Inside help you step out in style as you go for a dip to cool off this May, arguably the hottest month in sunny Singapore

The heat is on! In perenially scorching Singapore, May is arguably the hottest month. Thankfully, this island in the sun has no shortage of swimming pools. So, if you are thinking of going for a dip to head off the heat, let Inside help you do it in style. After all, why should the weather be the only hot thing around?

Swimwear to Swear By

For Her:

Doning swimwear is probably the most physically exposed you will ever be in public.The key to pulling off the look with aplomb is the ability to artfully hide those body-shape flaws despite the fact that you have so little clothing to hide behind.

This Beaded Swimsuit (S$59.90) ticks all the right boxes for top-heavy ladies - halter neck, broad straps, solid colour
This Beaded Swimsuit (S$59.90) ticks all the right boxes for top-heavy ladies – halter neck, broad straps, solid colour
Photo credit: H&M

Top-heavyGood support up top will save you from looking saggy. Halter necks with broader straps help distribute the weight and provide greater comfort. Bikini tops or one-pieces with underwire are also preferred.

Go for ruffles like this Ruffled Bikini Top or front-ties as with the Super Push-up Bikini Top to give the illusion of being filled out
Go for ruffles like this (left) Ruffled Bikini Top (S$29.90) or front-ties as with the (right) Super Push-up Bikini Top to give the illusion of being filled out
Photo credit: H&M

Modest chests Ruffles or embellishments around the chest will make you look more filled out as will front-tie tops. Swimsuits with padding around the chest offer another way of boosting the bust area.

This Bikini Bottom High Waist will cover love handles and, with its high cut, make you look especially leggy
This Bikini Bottom High Waist (S$19.90) will cover love handles and, with its high cut, make you look especially leggy; the dark colour will also make heavier bottoms look more compact
Photo credit: H&M

Love handles A high-waist bottom works wonders -- just make sure it extends above your belly button to prevent a muffin top.

Strategic cut-outs like the Ladies Tides of Way Cut Out One Piece and boy shorts like the Ladies Go Shortie Pants can add curves to boyish figures
Strategic cut-outs like the Ladies Tides of Way Cut Out One Piece (S$119) and boy shorts like the Ladies Go Shortie Pants (S$69) can add curves to boyish figures
Photo credit: Roxy

Boyish figure One-piece suits with curvy patterns, ruching (pleats) or cut-outs at the waist will give you the waist you want. For more hips, boy shorts and low-leg briefs are your friends.

Bottom heavy Avoid revealing too much so stay away from string bikinis and high-cut swimsuits. Go instead for bottoms in subdued hues.

Floral prints with a high-cut bottom to break up the straight silhouette and give the impression of longer legs
Floral prints with a high-cut bottom to break up the straight silhouette and give the impression of longer legs, the Ladies Tropical Getaway Onsies (S$69) is forgiving for those with long torsos
Photo credit: Roxy

Long torso Break up a straight silhouette with big floral prints. Ruffles or ruching can also give the illusion of curves. High-cuts bottoms also create the impression of longer legs and shorter torsos.

Elongate short torsos drawing attention upwards with halter necks like this Ladies Optic Nature Tiki Tri Side Tie Bikini
Elongate short torsos by making the bottom half look shorter and drawing attention upwards with halter necks like this Ladies Optic Nature Tiki Tri Side Tie Bikini (S$89)
Photo credit: Roxy

Short torso Elongate the torso by making your bottom half look shorter with low-rise bottoms. Halters will draw the eyes upwards to your neck and shoulders so there will be less attention on your mid-section.

Chunky thighs More coverage at the bottom will help. Opt for swimwear with a skirt that skims the top of the thighs

Short legs High cut bottoms may not add the necessary inches but it will make your gams look lengthier.

Would a bikini be better or a one-piece? Admittedly, a one-piece is more forgiving but if you follow the tips above, there should be no reason why you cannot be a bikini babe.

The more important question really is: does the swimwear fit? Try it on then move and stretch. Everything should be properly covered without much flesh spilling out. The bottom should not ride up nor should you have to adjust the straps or pull up the top. If you are able to put two fingers under the suit and have enough material to pull, the suit is too big.

For Him:

Men’s swimwear may not have as wide a variety as women’s but that does not mean there are no choices. Which style you choose will depend on what you intend to do.

Geometric, floral or both Shifty X and Spinner Natural (S$69.90) are boardshorts that will help you channel surfer chic
Geometric, floral or both (left) Shifty X (S$79.90) and (right) Spinner Natural (S$69.90) are boardshorts that will help you channel surfer chic
Photo credit: Billabong

Boardshorts These are broader shorts that go beyond the knees – good for coverage, not so much for swimming in. Wear these if you are going to be partying more outside than inside the pool. Because they tend to be longer and baggier, boardshorts are best for leaner, taller men.

Men's Street Trunk Print Walk Short (S$89) is an example of trunks that are perfect for think and stocky men alike
Men’s Street Trunk Print Walk Short (S$89) is an example of trunks that are perfect for think and stocky men alike
Photo credit: Quicksilver

Trunks These are boardshorts that end at the knee. You get coverage and ease of movement. This style is great for skinnier frames because it does not overwhelm with excessive fabric. Pick trunks with narrower legs that end a few inches above the knees because wearing over-sized clothes will only make you look smaller. Trunks are also very forgiving and ideal for softer middles and stocky frames alike.

The minimalist swim briefs with the traditional V-shaped front is an option reserved only for the fittest of male forms
The minimalist swim briefs with the traditional V-shaped front is an option reserved only for the fittest of male forms

Swim briefs Body-hugging with a V-shaped front that expose the thighs, they are options only for the fittest of bodies.

Square-leg briefs are cut straight across for a more boxy look is the more modest version of the swim brief
Square-leg briefs, which gets its name from the fact that the leg openings are cut straight across for a more boxy look is the more modest version of the swim brief

Square-leg briefs This is a more modest version of the swim briefs, covering you up to the upper thighs. It gets its name from the fact that the leg openings are cut straight across for a more boxy look that is less revealing than swim briefs. This style is another forgiving one and good for men with shorter legs as well stockier builds.

Jammers are often favoured by competitive swimmers because they give appropriate coverage without creating drag
Jammers are often favoured by competitive swimmers because they give appropriate coverage without creating drag and (right) you can count on your pick of jammers or swim briefs at Arena
Photo credit: Arena

Jammers These are tights that end between one and five inches above the knee. Jammers are favoured by competitive swimmers because they reduce drag.

Once you have nailed your style, whether you want to go floral, flamboyant, bright and bold, patterned or subtle is really a matter of personal taste and occasion.

Cool Cover-ups

Between home and the pool and sometimes in between swims, you might want to cover up a little. Cover-ups help you make a fashion statement at poolside parties or lets you get away with a bikini without revealing too much.

Sarong (S$19.90) from H&M, Ladies South Shore Romper (S$79) from Roxy make great cover-ups for a day by the pool
(From left to right) Sarong (S$19.90) from H&M, and rompers like this Ladies South Shore Romper (S$79) from Roxy make great cover-ups for a day by the pool

For Her:

Caftans, sarongs, dresses, bandeaus, loose shirts, t-shirts, rompers, flowy skirts, pants, shorts, anything see-through or crocheted – the choices are really endless.

As with choosing swimsuits, use your cover-ups to accentuate your best body parts and hide your flaws. Caftans, dresses, bandeaus, loose shirts and t-shirts are good for bottom and chest coverage as well as minimising larger thighs. Pants, flowy skirts and sarongs cinched at the waist draw attention to the tiny mid-section, making boyish figures curvier and giving the impression of longer legs.

The Ladies Deserted Island Overswim shows how you can play fashion peek-a-boo and pull off a bikini without showing too much flesh
The Ladies Deserted Island Overswim (S$69) shows how you can play fashion peek-a-boo and pull off a bikini without showing too much flesh
Photo credit: Roxy

See-through cover-ups let you go out in a bikini while camouflaging your flaws.

For Him:

The Volta Single Black Heather and Chopper Muscle Tee offer just the right cover while letting you show off a little of your tan
The Volta Single Black Heather and Chopper Muscle Tee (both S$39.90) offer just the right cover while letting you show off a little of your tan
Photo credit: Billabong

Linen shirt, short-sleeved floral shirts, long-sleeved shirts with sleeves rolled up, tank tops or tees are what men can opt for.

To block out the sun while showing off your six-pack, get the Block S/S Wetshirt Navy (S$49.90) wet shirt
To block out the sun while showing off your six-pack, get the Block S/S Wetshirt Navy (S$49.90) wet shirt
Photo credit: Billabong

For particularly ripped bodies, the wet shirt (the top half of a wet suit) will do nicely as well.

Dressing for the pool can be a real fashion headache because when you are clothed in so little, even a minor mis-step can become a major fashion faux pas. Once you have sorted out your pool fashion, slap on the all-important sunscreen and funky shades and you’re all set for a splashing good time!

Shop with us:

Arena
4 Tampines Central 5
Tampines Mall
#02-11
Singapore 529510
Tel: (65) 6799 5010
www.arenaswimwearstore.com
Billabong
230 Victoria Street
Bugis Junction
#02-10C
Singapore 188024
Tel: (65) 6333 5104
www.billabong.com/asia
Billabong (Outlet Store)
2 Jurong East Street 21
IMM
#01-13/14
Singapore 609601
Tel: (65) 6566-8923
www.billabong.com/asia
H&M
2 Orchard Turn
ION Orchard
#B2-28
Singapore 238801
Tel: (65) 6509 8702
www.hm.com/sg
Quicksilver / Roxy
201 Victoria Street
Bugis+
#02-12/13
Singapore 188067
Tel: (65) 6238 6810
www.quicksilver.com.sg
www.roxy.com.sg
Quicksilver / Roxy
4 Tampines Central 5
Tampines Mall
#02-17A
Singapore 529510
Tel: (65) 6783 6212
www.quicksilver.com.sg
www.roxy.com.sg
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