THE great thing about Singapore’s year-round summer is that pool parties are held almost every week. From W Singapore Sentosa Cove’s monthly bashes at their big-ass Wet Pool to some more private (but ticketed) affairs around town, there’s always an opportunity to show off your washboard abs, permanent tan, and Gentle Monster shades.
But there’s no point in attending a pool party if you aren’t dressed for the occasion. The one thing you’d need – besides sunscreen – is swimwear that will complement your vivacious personality. Whether you’re one for a skimpy Speedo, or you’re more of a board-shorts guy, there’s a style for you to rock up.
To help you gear up for the impending wave of parties marking our never ending summer, here’s a guide to the most stylish pieces of swimwear you need this season. Be careful, you wouldn’t want to get yourself (or any others) too wet.
01: Ron Dorff
Combine the utilitarian function of Swedish style and the chic elegance of French fashion, and you get Ron Dorff. Formed out of a partnership between Jerome Touron and Claus Lindorff, the European sportswear company is sticking true to their roots of timeless design, thankfully not succumbing to the fads of logomania.
For their Spring/Summer 2019 collection, they drew from a mood board inspired by the cult-like paintings of Los Angeles pools by the artist David Hockney. The swim shorts are either vibrantly striped or boast a solid colour that will stand out against the bright turquoise pool waters.
One of the signature Ron Dorff motifs is the twin eyelets embroidered at the side of their shorts (and swimming trunks, too).
St. Tropez might be far away in the Mediterranean, but that doesn’t mean we can’t have a slice of it here in Singapore. The French luxury brand Vilebrequin has two stores here in Singapore, one at Marina Bay Sands and a recently-opened boutique at Ngee Ann City.
Vilebrequin is not just for gentlemen, mind you. The label also makes swimwear for your sons, with their Father & Son concept dating back to 1995 and is now a tradition for many of their esteemed clients. They also have a Mother & Daughter line that started in 2013, showing how much family is valued at Vilebrequin.
03: Orlebar Brown
It’s not often that we find ourselves going straight from brunch to the beach. But if somehow you land in that situation, then you better be wearing Orlebar Brown. The London-based menswear label specialises in swimwear (they have a full collection, too) and they’ve lived by the ethos, “Shorts you can swim in” since their inception in 2007.
Playing on Pantone’s colour of the year – Living Coral – for their latest Spring/Summer 2019 collection, you can expect many vibrant colours and Oceanic themes on their signature swim shorts like the Bulldog and Setter.
If you’re into the whole personalisation fad, you can even customise your own pair of swim shorts with a photograph, drawing, or graphic. Orlebar Brown smartly calls this initiative “Snapshorts”. A custom pair of swim shorts will set you back at least S$650, with delivery taking anywhere from four to six weeks. That should give you enough time to get your tan ready.
While the rest of the world is wrapped up in their Winter coats, the Aussies down under are basking in their Summer sun at Bondi Beach. And no one does the Bondi lifestyle better than the leisurewear brand Venroy.
Instead of focusing on the “sexy” part of swimwear, Venroy places your comfort over everything else. Their swim shorts are made from either polyester microfibre or nylon and have simple, classy designs for a more understated look.
They also have a full leisurewear collection where linen is at the front and centre, so you have something to pair your swimwear with.
05: Saturdays NYC
Surf’s up with Saturdays NYC. The New York City-based label wasn’t always a street name, having originated as a surf shop almost a decade ago. So obviously they make great stylish and durable swimwear too.
One of their more iconic patterns is a colour block, and this season’s selections doesn’t disappoint. The colours of revolution, red, white, and blue, make prominent appearances on the shorts. Other boardshort designs include darker-toned editions that will contrast well with the white, sandy beaches you’ll find yourselves lounging on soon.