SEE PHOTOS: We know you love a good Singapore staycation, but what should you wear as you laze by the pool, indulge in a tasty buffet brunch, sip some cocktails at the bar or go for dinner? Don’t panic, we’ve got all the suggestions you need from stunning swimwear to the perfect brunch outfit …
One of our favourite things to do in Singapore, just like the rest of you, is to indulge in a fabulous, luxury staycation. It’s the easiest way to get some real rest and relaxation without having to actually get on a plane. Of course, you can always stay with your main squeeze, but for us, there’s nothing as fun as hitting a top hotel with our BFF and indulging not only in the food, booze and pool but also in taking some fabulous pics for our Instagram accounts.
So, we decided to get two of Singapore’s top models – the amazingly striking Nametha (who was just on Asia’s Next Top Model) and one of our favourite up-and-coming actresses Jasmine Sim (who is starring in a new Singapore movie very soon with Fann Wong!) – to hang out for a fab faux staycation day.
Check out the images below for all our tips on what to wear and how to wear it.
You need lots and lots of swimwear
Don’t just take one bikini or swimsuit on your staycation. Not only do you want to take a bunch of cool photos – and look different – it’s also great not to be sitting around in wet swimmers. We totally LOVE the pool at The Westin Singapore; it’s super minimalist in style with an amazing infinity edge that appears to go right off into the highrise buildings around the hotel. It’s also got these great recliners actually IN the water that come complete with bubble jets.
On Jasmine: Catalina kisses racerback & classic bottoms bikini, $160.40 by Heidi Klum Swim at Avecamour.com.sg
On Nametha: Underwired bikini top, $86.40 and Bikini Brief, $63 by Nichole de Carle at Avecamour.com.sg
Yes, you CAN wear statement jewellery in the pool
We love the idea of adding some great pieces of custom jewellery – or the real deal if you have it – to your poolside look … whether you go all out with big, dangly earrings and matching long necklace or colour-coordinate with your swimsuit, accessories will make your #ootd pic, we promise.
On Jasmine (top & above): Bikini Top, $150 by Bimba Y Lola, Nile Long Pierced Earrings, $POA and Atelier Swarovski Nile Strandage necklace, $799
On Nametha (above): Swimsuit, $150 and Earrings by Bimba Y Lola; Stone Chain Necklace, $39.90 by Charles & Keith.
Waterproof makeup? Of course!
There’s no real NEED to wear makeup in the pool, of course, but if you want to, why not? Go for a light foundation – waterproof if you wish – and focus on creating fabulously reflective eyes with gold or silver shades [http://thehoneycombers.com/singapore/best-silver-and-gold-makeup-in-singapore-eyeshadows-highlighters-and-liquid-lipsticks-for-smoky-eyes-and-party-looks/] like our amazing hair & makeup artist Sha Shamsi did here with Sephora Cosmetics for makeup and Sebastian Professionals for hair.
Bikini Top, $150 by Bimba Y Lola, Nile Long Pierced Earrings, $POA and Moselle Strandage Crystal Moonlight Necklace by Atelier Swarovski, $1,090.
Slick back your hair for an elegant look
In Singapore’s hot weather a short hairstyle is a great option; you can wear it in a number of ways, slicked back is super elegant and really shows off your neck and collar bones as well as your statement earrings. Superstar makeup artist Sha Shamsi used Sephora Cosmetics and Sebastian Professional haircare products.
On Nametha: Swimsuit, $150 and Earrings by Bimba Y Lola; Stone Chain Necklace, $39.90 by Charles & Keith.
What to wear to a poolside brunch
The easiest way to dress for a fab staycation with the girls is to combine your swimsuit with some handy coverups. Shorts are a great way to give you a bit of extra coverage while you’re brunching and hide your after-eating tummy too. If you’re looking for something that’s a bit more dressy, a loose caftan or linen dress works perfectly. Add some glamorous heels and lots of jewellery to increase the bling.
On Jasmine: Dress and Heels by Tory Burch. Sun Muse Triangle Padded Tie Side Bikini, $127.30 by Heidi Klum Swim at Avecamour.com.sg
On Nametha: Sun Muse Triangle Padded Tie Side Bikini, $127.30 by Heidi Klum Swim at Avecamour.com.sg. Antique Nickel Mirror Necklace by Bimba Y Lola. Floral shorts by Moncler. Sandals by TOD’S.
Perfect looks for your #ootd
Don’t forget to add a few more cute coverups to your overnight bag, loose cut dresses work for shopping, poolside, eating out or for your next #ootd, of course. Mix in a swimsuit with loose shorts and you’re all set for the pool or your BFF #wefi.
On Nametha: Sleeveless Dress by IRIS & INK. Floral Tassel Earrings, $39.90 and Metal Frame Aviators, $65.90 by Charles & Keith.
On Jasmine: Bandeau Wired Top, $185 by KBLU. Stephanie Embroidered Cotton and Silk Blend Voile Shorts, US$242 by Rachel Zoe at NET-A-PORTER. Stack Bangles and hoop earrings by Bimba Y Lola. Gold Frame Sunglasses by Michael Kors.
Don’t forget to add a pair of statement sunglasses …
Sunglasses are the finishing touch to a great casual poolside brunch look … On trend right now are fully-mirrored metal frame sunglasses or brightly coloured plastic frames.
On Nametha (top): Garden Party underwired top by Tory Burch. Floral Tassel Earrings, $39.90 by Charles & Keith. Gold Embellished Frame Shades by Dolce and Gabbana.
On Jasmine (above): Pattern Frames by Coach. Monte Carlo Sim Tri Bikini Top and Waist Band Pant, $213.30 by DUSKII at Avecamour.com.sg. Earrings by Bimba Y Lola.
Staycation cocktails with the girls
Once you’ve finished with your poolside brunch, selfies and napping, throw on something that’s cool and fun for drinks at the bar. Stay with the whole resort concept and go for loose linen, pretty embroideries and some statement heels.
On Nametha: Veronica off-the-shoulder embroidered cotton and silk-blend voile top by Rachel Zoe US$392 and Striped Twill Wide-leg pants by MCQ ALEXANDER MCQUEEN, US$408 from NET-A-PORTER. Platform Shoes by Tory Burch. Dangle Charm Earrings, $39.90 by Charles & Keith
On Jasmine: Nance tassel-trimmed embroidered cotton-gauze playsuit, US$330 by ALICE + OLIVIA at NET-A-PORTER. Charm Earrings by Bimba Y Lola. Bracelets, Bangle and Rings by Monica Vinader. Wedge by Kate Spade.
Bling out with affordable statement jewellery
We love the idea of wearing daily statement gold jewellery that’s still affordable. One of our favourite brands for this type of jewellery is Monica Vinader. The label has a really nice selection of affordable fine jewellery pieces that you can wear every day without looking like it’s too over the top.
All Accessories by Monica Vinader.
One last #ootd before check-out
Before you head off home (or out for lunch) step out into something that’s cool, but a bit more city-slicker like a cute matching white outfit or a very on-trend off-shoulder dress, plus some wearable heels for one last #ootd.
On Nametha: Tank Top and Floral Skirt by Michael Michael Kors. Pumps by Kate Spade. Bangle and Rings by Monica Vinader. Dangle Charm Earrings, $39.90 by Charles & Keith
On Jasmine: Off-Shoulder Dress and Heels by Michael Michael Kors. Rings by Monica Vinader
Creative Director: Niki Bruce
Stylist: Randolph Tan @randolph_tan
Hair & Makeup: Sha Shamsi @shashamsi using Sephora Cosmetics and Sebastian Professional
Photographer: Darissa Lee for @honeycombers
Models: Jasmine S & Nametha both from Now Model Management
Want some more style inspo? Check out our cute story on great shoes to wear in Singapore’s wet weather and discover some fabulous caftans to take on holiday or wear by the pool.