Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, many of us missed our chances to shop for summer clothes. But this year, we’re done just lounging around. And whether we’re safely travelling to nearby beaches or just want to look hot while tending our gardens, we’re welcoming all opportunities to get new cute swimwear pieces this season.
If you’re wondering how to choose swimwear amid a global crisis, the answer is simple: Online shopping. We’re sure you’re familiar with this, but if not, we’re here to guide you.
The thing is, online shopping for swimwear can be tricky. After all, swimwear should be well-fitting, first and foremost. But thankfully, there are several brands we trust; not to mention, there are many reviews of actual customers that can guide our purchases!
Ready to find the best piece for you? Here’s our guide on how to choose swimwear that supports your beach lifestyle.
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How to choose swimwear for your lifestyle
If you like tanning or sunbathing
It’s officially the season to be sun-kissed, and nothing screams ‘beach bum’ like a good tan. With the sun blazing all day, now is the best time to get that summer glow.
To achieve an even complexion, remember that less is more. Don’t be afraid to sport strapless bikini tops and cheeky bottoms, especially if you’re going to spend your time at the beach sunbathing. This way, you won’t need to stress about hiding your tan lines when you’re back at work. Besides, who doesn’t want to look like an au naturel morena this summer?
Where to get them: Lazada, H&M, Pepper Swim, Naked Sun
Our Lazada picks
1. A string bikini best for minimal tan lines (Shop here)
2. A bandeau set perfect for those who wear strapless tops (Shop here)
3. A stretchable bathing suit in the cutest colours (Shop here)
If you’re into water sports and beach activities
Finding a bikini that supports movement can be extra challenging — but it’s not impossible. Avoid wardrobe malfunctions by carefully testing each swimsuit you’re eyeing before purchasing it.
As you try on a swimsuit in a dressing room, don’t just check if it flatters your body — move as much as possible. Bend forward and backward, jump up and down, stretch your limbs, etc. If the swimsuit doesn’t come off despite your exaggerated movements, then it has a better chance of staying on while you’re facing harsh waves or spiking a volleyball.
When online shopping for athletic swimwear, you’ll have to settle with safer designs. Aside from high-quality one-pieces, adjustable bikinis are your best friends. For tops, criss-cross backs stay on the best. They also provide maximum support for your breasts. If you’re still hesitant about your bikini, you can always go for a sports bra and board shorts combo.
Where to get them: Lazada, Grind, Decathlon, Speedo, Agos Surf
Our Lazada picks
1. A tankini that provides lots of support (Shop here)
2. A sporty bikini set for maximum leg movement (Shop here)
3. A body-hugging swimsuit that can double as gymwear (Shop here)
If you need more photos for the ‘gram
With your beach hat and trendy shades in tow, you have all that it takes for your Instagram followers to double-tap your photos. Of course, the star of your outfit must be your swimsuit — you’re posting a #beachlife photo, after all!
Since looking and feeling good are your top priorities, you have all the freedom to experiment with unconventional cuts and interesting prints. Have fun swimsuit shopping and pick pieces you can mix and match, so you’re less likely to repeat an OOTD.
Where to get them: Lazada, H&M, Topshop, Sundae, Eighth Mermaid
Our Lazada picks
1. A playful one-shoulder bikini set for your eye-catching pics (Shop here)
2. A fun and frilly bandeau that can double as loungewear (Shop here)
3. A unique and elegant set that screams high fashion (Shop here)
If you want to be more environmentally-conscious
It’s almost inevitable for an ocean lover to become an eco-warrior, and swimwear brands know this! Because of this, many brands have started producing sustainable swimwear made out of recycled materials such as fishnets and excess fabric.
Aside from scouting for a swimsuit made out of recycled materials, an environmental advocate can also opt to look for a swimsuit brand that supports local products and services. Choosing locally-made swimwear not only supports our local community and economy — it also leaves behind a smaller carbon footprint.
Where to get them: Body Party, Neon Island, Aguariva, Kudo Surf
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If you’re conservative about showing skin
Not everyone is comfortable in a teeny-weeny bikini, and that’s okay. Fortunately, there are now numerous conservative swimsuit styles to choose from. This being said, wearing conservative swimwear doesn’t have to be boring anymore — you can now choose to show less skin and still flaunt your assets!
High-neck onesies, stylish rash guards, and chic tankinis are the way to go. High-cut bikini bottoms are also trendy nowadays; skirted styles are cute, too. Ultimately, finding a style you’ll feel comfortable and confident in is what matters most.
Tip: Can’t find a swimsuit that you like? Don a sarong, poncho, or crocheted dress over your plain swimsuit instead!
Where to get them: Lazada, Float Swimwear, Alba Beach and Swim, Tantra Swim
Our Lazada picks
1. A supportive set with lively prints (Shop here)
2. A nautical bikini with adjustable straps (Shop here)
3. A cute bikini set that looks just like your daywear (Shop here)
Bonus: Invest in intimate skincare!
Feel even more confident with your bikini body by loving it! Just like other parts of your body, your skin around your intimate areas needs utmost care. One of the most popular, Filipina-made brands for intimate skincare is Mink PH.
Mink PH is a crowd favourite for its lightening serum that brightens the bikini area and inner thighs. If you want to invest in bright and even skin, you can even purchase the MeetMink Bundle, which nourishes the bikini area, knees and elbows, butt, back, and chest.
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We hope you learned a thing or two about how to choose swimwear for yourself. Just like any other clothing item, the ideal swimsuit should reflect both your lifestyle and your personality. Invest in quality pieces that will last you multiple beach trips, so that you won’t have to spend your money on swimsuit shopping every time you head to the beach.
If you’re a carry-on traveller, then opt for comfortable swimsuits that can double as cropped tops, bodysuits, or even underwear! This way, you can save a large amount of luggage space. Happy shopping!
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