Best Swimwear For Serious Swims in The Pool

by Carissa Wong
LIFESTYLE  |  August 03, 2020
  • Featuring our top picks of swimwear that will hold you in place while making you feel cute.
    1 / 11 Featuring our top picks of swimwear that will hold you in place while making you feel cute.

    In case you didn’t know, swimming can make you a faster runner, and is also a very awesome full-body workout. Now that our pools are open and swimming during Covid period is generally considered safe, don’t let the lack of gear stop you from plunging into the water.

    For a serious, non-distracting swim sesh, you will of course need supportive swimwear that holds you up in the right places. That means none of those flimsy straps that keep falling off your shoulders, barely-there tops that threaten nip slips, or finicky bottoms that struggle to cover your butt. We’ve found some great swimwear options for different needs and body types. Even better: Some come with compression around the waistline, so you’ll feel more cinched and sport a flattering figure. Now, all you’re left to worry about is your strokes and speed.

    (Also read: Where to Buy Pretty Swimwear That’s Designed For Asian Body Types)


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  • Horizon Athletic’s The April 06:40 One Piece (240AUD, S$235)
    2 / 11 Horizon Athletic’s The April 06:40 One Piece (240AUD, S$235)

    Where to buy:

    Horizon Athletic’s swimwear looks fashionable, but they’re equally functional. Sustainably made using Econyl, a recycled fabric made from fishing nets and post-consumer waste, the swimsuits are said to be extra durable when exposed to chlorine, salt water, UV and sunscreen.

    The April 06:40 One Piece (240AUD, S$235) is a trendy one-piece that is double-lined to keep you covered. It also has UPF50 to protect your skin from the sun’s rays.

    Check out Horizon Athletic’s lineup for more chic one-pieces like this.

    (Also read: How to Shop For Sustainable Activewear)

    Photo: Horizon Athletic

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  • Haikini's Signature Bikini Set (S$72)
    3 / 11 Haikini's Signature Bikini Set (S$72)

    Where to buy:

    Haikini is a local swimwear brand that is based in Singapore and sustainably made in Bali. Their adorable swim pieces are adjustable and designed for surfing so you can rest assured that they will stay in place. The bikinis are made of a durable blend of spandex, nylon and polyester to ensure a secure fit without restricting movement.

    The Signature Bikini tops have shoulder straps that are connected to the criss-cross back design so you can seamlessly adjust the under bust band and shoulder straps without the fabric cutting into your skin. Many of the signature Haikini bikini sets (S$72) are reversible, so you can choose between a solid colour and a print. If you’re more into solids, they have non-reversible options going for S$68.

    (Also read: Support Local at Design Orchard: These Are The Brands to Look Out For)

    Photo: Haikini

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  • Funfit’s Halter Swim Romper (S$109.90)
    4 / 11 Funfit’s Halter Swim Romper (S$109.90)

    Where to buy: or in-store at multiple locations

    Shop local with Funfit’s affordable (you can find swimsuits on sale for as low as $12.90!) swimwear pieces. We love that they come in many styles such as rash guards, bikinis, tankinis, one-pieces and swim dresses.

    The sleek and supportive Halter Swim Romper (S$109.90) is perfect for total bum coverage. The adorable gingham print gives a chic vintage look and the halter straps are a comfortable way to adjust the swimsuit.

    Funfit has many high-coverage one-piece options for those who prefer to show less skin.

    (Also read: 8 Singaporean Activewear Labels for Pretty Workout and Yoga Clothes)

    Photo: Funfit

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  • Gymshark’s Horizon Reversible Bikini Top (35USD, S$48) and Bottoms (30USD, S$41)
    5 / 11 Gymshark’s Horizon Reversible Bikini Top (35USD, S$48) and Bottoms (30USD, S$41)

    Where to buy:

    Gymshark, the cult-favourite gym apparel brand has updated their Horizon collection to include bikinis in bright summer colours.

    The Horizon Reversible Bikini Top (35USD, S$48) and Bottoms (30USD, S$41) are reversible, so you get two completely different looks for the price of one. Its scoop neckline keeps you comfortable and covered, making it flattering from every angle.

    (Also read: How to Choose the Right Leggings For Your Body Type)

    Photo: Gymshark

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  • Marks and Spencer's Tummy Control Floral Halterneck Tankini Top (S$65.90)
    6 / 11 Marks and Spencer's Tummy Control Floral Halterneck Tankini Top (S$65.90)

    Where to buy: or in-store at Wheelock Place and VivoCity

    This Tummy Control Floral Halterneck Tankini Top (S$65.90) features the Magic 360° Tummy Control technology that will make you feel streamlined. The thick halter straps and bandeau style top give sufficient support and coverage too.

    You can purchase the matching bottom for S$37.90, or get the Tummy Control Floral Wrap Plunge Swimsuit (S$74.90) if you prefer one-pieces.

    More tummy-control swimwear options are available at Marks and Spencer’s website.

    (Also read: Marks & Spencer Just Launched Fun Activewear Pieces That Make Us 😍)

    Photo: Marks & Spencer

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  • Moana Bikini’s Disco Donut set (S$140)
    7 / 11 Moana Bikini’s Disco Donut set (S$140)

    Where to buy:

    Made to empower and inspire women of all body shapes and sizes, Moana Bikini’s designs allow you to adjust the straps to find the perfect fit for your body. The bikinis also have the cutest prints that will put a smile on your face.

    The Disco Donut set (S$140) comes in a crop bra tank style which gives you coverage and support. You can tie the top tightly or loosely according to your preferred length, and adjust the side-tie bottoms by making it sit higher on your waist or lower on your hips. Bonus: The bikini set is reversible from tie-dye to green floral.

    Find more fun designs and cute prints on Moana Bikini’s website.

    (Also read: 12 Fun, Playful Crop Tops For Weekend Wear)

    Photo: Moana Bikini

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  • Speedo’s Belted Crossback Swimsuit ($79)
    8 / 11 Speedo’s Belted Crossback Swimsuit ($79)

    Where to buy: or in-store at Royal Sporting House at Suntec City and ION Orchard

    Speedo is the go-to brand for active women who want a one-piece with shape retention technology that holds you in place and makes you look slender.

    Their Jetsetter collection is their first venture into merging sportswear with streetwear. There are six items available in the collection including a swim dress, a short sleeve one-piece, and this beautiful Belted Crossback Swimsuit ($79) which has a white belted accent to make you look more shapely.

    Check out Speedo swimwear for more of such one-pieces.

    (Also read: This Olympic Swimmer’s Creative On-Land Swim Workout Has Gone Viral)

    Photo: Royal Sporting House

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  • Rip Curl’s Into The Abyss Cheeky Reversible One Piece (S$94)
    9 / 11 Rip Curl’s Into The Abyss Cheeky Reversible One Piece (S$94)

    Where to buy: or in-store at multiple locations

    Rip Curl is a well-loved brand with products for water-based activities such as swimming, surfing and diving. You won’t have to deal with a boring black one-piece because Rip Curl has some of the most beautiful designs.

    The Into The Abyss Cheeky Reversible One Piece (S$94) is made with Econyl which is sustainable and comfortable. It features adjustable shoulder straps that have a reinforced horizontal strap across the back for added support. You can wear the colour-blocking design or flip the swimsuit inside-out to wear it in a classy forest green.

    Rip Curl has swimsuits in all styles, ranging from athletic one-pieces to trendy bikinis.

    (Also read: Free Diving 101: Where to Go, Why It Works, What You’ll Do)

    Photo: Rip Curl

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  • Lahana Swim’s Yolanda Square Neck Bikini Top (69USD, S$95) and Yolanda Cheeky High Waisted Bottoms (69USD, S$95)
    10 / 11 Lahana Swim’s Yolanda Square Neck Bikini Top (69USD, S$95) and Yolanda Cheeky High Waisted Bottoms (69USD, S$95)

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    Lahana Swim is an Australian brand that aims to make women feel like warriors. The Ranger Collection features funky animal prints that will make you feel empowered.

    For smaller-chested ones, the Yolanda Square Neck Bikini Top (69USD, S$95) has a square neck and a sexy centre front cut. The sports bra style top has a thick band at the back for support and there’s no back clasp so you won’t have to worry about anything falling while you’re swimming. You can mix and match with different prints with the Yolanda Cheeky High Waisted Bottoms (69USD, S$95) that will give you extra tummy coverage and support.

    Lahana is a fun store to shop animal-print bikinis.

    (Also read: 12 Ways to Practise Self Love and Body Positivity Right Now)

    Photo: Lahana Swim

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  • Gymshark’s Horizon Mesh Swimsuit (50USD, S$89)
    11 / 11 Gymshark’s Horizon Mesh Swimsuit (50USD, S$89)

    Where to buy:

    Part of the aforementioned Gymshark Horizon collection, the Horizon Mesh Swimsuit (50USD, S$89) is a fashionable take on the classic black one-piece. The neckline and back has stylish and breathable mesh panels. It also has a racerback design for ease of movement.

    Gymshark has sleek one-pieces in various colours – this particular swimsuit comes in black for basics lovers and a bright teal for those who prefer a fun pop of colour.

    (Also read: 11 High Support Sports Bras for Bigger Busts and HIIT Sessions)

    Photo: Gymshark

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