Whether you're jetting off to Bali, Phuket or Ibiza, get the perfect holiday wardrobe for your next beach vacation with these resort wear labels and boutiques
Dreaming about your next beach holiday or going on a girls’ trip to Bali? Well, pack your bags and book that next flight out – because we’ve sorted out your ultimate vacation wardrobe. From sexy swimsuits to chic cover-ups, here’s our pick of the best resort wear picks to make you look like a bona fide beach goddess.
Best resort wear in Singapore
Akosée brings Shakespeare’s dream of a midsummer’s night to the middle of the jungle with the latest Folklore Be Real collection. We’re absolutely digging the prints: vibrant, warm tones that mimic the sunset view of tropical foliage, as well as unbridled florals in magenta and baby pink watercolour. These handcrafted patterns are made by the label’s in-house team in the Singapore studio, and they personally visit the manufacturers’ factories to ensure quality working conditions and clothing.
Serving up our dream vacay looks, the label has also started expanding into the international market, bringing their luxury resort wear to Seychelles, Mozambique, Tanzania, Monaco, United States, New Zealand and Bali. For local customers, the brand offers to deliver items of your choice for you to try it on before making a purchase decision – say goodbye to making returns for impulse online buys!
Akosée, Therapy Market, #01-22 Great World City, 1 Kim Seng Promenade, Singapore 237994
The Wit and the Will
Inspired by fabulous holidays in far-flung destinations, The Wit and the Will was created when founder (and Londoner) Zoe was forced to do a wardrobe overhaul upon her move to Singapore. Colours and prints take centrestage with her collections, with pieces made only from luxurious fabrics. You’ll find everything you need here for your beach vacay, from floor-grazing satin kaftans, to tassled kimonos.
The Wit and the Will, available online.
The WYLD shop
Enter this lifestyle boutique along Joo Chiat and you’ll see why we’re obsessed. Vibrant kaftans, maxi dresses and kimonos hang on the racks along with a mix of ridiculously gorgeous fashion and home accessories. Kara Bensley-Austin is the creative mind behind this lifestyle boutique and if you get a chance to meet her, you’ll definitely leave with positive vibes and a fabulous new outfit. We know we did during our last meeting!
The Wyld Shop; 412 Joo Chiat Road, Singapore 427637
It’s no secret that this fashion-forward boutique carries a range of resort wear staples from Latin America and the US of A – Iliana Arrazola, The Hat Couture, Wayuu Love and Palmacea sound familiar to you? Glamorous silk kaftans and lace trimmed jumpsuits aside, you’ll also find authentic panama hats, bejewelled flip flops and hand woven bucket bags with tribal designs. Coral Secret is available online and provides a unique service of sending different sizes for you to try at the comfort of your home.
Coral Secret, available online.
The Slow Mode
If you follow us religiously, you’ll realise that we’re all for locally-sourced goods and sustainable fashion. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that The Slow Mode’s slow style store has a spot in this guide. Living the (slow) life your thing? You’ll love the handcrafted jewellery from Cleopatra’s Bling and Mochi’s rainbow-bright embroidery inspired by Mexican culture, just to name a couple.
The Slow Mode, available online with free shipping to Singapore
Yes, strutting in stylish resort wear is good for that Instagram shot but you can’t enjoy your beach getaway or globetrotting with an itchy or stick-on-your-body top. We’ve fallen hard for the textile prints and muted palettes at Pink Salt. Stylish? Check. Comfortable and breathable fabrics? Check. I think we’ve got ourselves a winner.
Pink Salt, available online and at various locations including Design Orchard and Naiise Iconic at Jewel Changi Airport.
Count on K. Blu Swim to bring you show-stopping designs and wacky yet stylish prints. Never shying away from tribal, nautical, porcelain and south-east asian inspired patterns like henna mehndi prints and oriental prints, this is the perfect place for the style-conscious. Shop rompers, maxi skirts with sexy thigh-high slits, sun shirts and kaftans.
K.Blu Swim, Paragon Mall, #03-48, 290 Orchard Road, Singapore 238859
We are obsessing over Jasper Living’s collection of summer-esque style. If your style leans towards summer floral prints, cutesy tassel details and beautiful motifs…basically anything bohemian, this place is for you. Psst: Jasper Living is now stocked at the fab new multi-brand boutique Badger & Fox in Tanglin Mall!
Jasper Living, available online and at Badger&Fox, Tanglin Mall, #02-14 Singapore 247933
One of our go-to shopping spots for sustainable fashion, Matter is also the place to go if you’re looking to up your resort wear game if you aren’t an outlandish kaftan-wearing type. Using traditional printmaking techniques from India and Indonesia (blockprinting, ikat, handloom, jambani and batik sound familiar to you?), Matter puts together a stellar lineup of sideswept dotis, lunghis, shorts, jumpsuits and dresses for you to galavant in style.
Matter, available online and various locations including Six Sense Maxwell, The Green Collective and Kapok
At White Ginger, your wardrobes for sunny days are sorted. The boutique promises an array of fab resortwear for “white sandy beaches, long lazy lunches and balmy tropical nights” – the holy trifecta of all island holidays. Take your picks from gorgeous kaftans, breezy maxi dresses and cotton separates for effortless outfits. For the finishing touch, don’t forget to browse through the accessories section; the boutique also stocks necklaces, crochet clutches and sandals.
White Ginger, Tanglin Mall, 03-04, 163 Tanglin Road, Singapore 247933
Bringing Riviera chic to the sunny shores of Singapore is Aquariva, the resort wear label that your vacation wardrobe is sorely missing. Chock-full of summer staples such as tank tops, playsuits, kaftans, dresses, and tailored shorts, Aquariva makes dressing up for tropical, balmy climates a total breeze. Its pieces are versatile too, making them perfect for any occasion – whether it’s a poolside party, Sunday brunch, or cocktails at Tanjong Beach Club.
Aquariva, shop online or via Simone Irani at Cluny Court.
Ladies, welcome to resort wear heaven! Tucked away in Cluny Court, Simone Irani is a multi-label boutique with a distinctly ‘gypset’ vibe – think bohemian gypsy-chic for jet setters. Apart from its in-house label, Simone Irani is bursting with effortlessly stylish swimwear, dresses, kaftans, and accessories sourced from all over the globe. If you love vibrant colours, bold prints, and playful designs, then you’re in for a treat at Simone Irani.
Simone Irani, #02-28 Tanglin Mall, 163 Tanglin Road, Singapore 247933, #02-17 Cluny Court, 501 Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 259760
Whether you’re jetting off to Bali or the Balearic beaches of Ibiza, the perfect vacation wardrobe awaits at Baliza. The label offers a socially conscious collection of 100% cotton resort wear handcrafted by artisans in India. Picky shopaholics will definitely find something here that suits their style: embroidered kaftan, colourful printed sarongs, bohemian tops, floaty maxi dresses, harem pants, kimonos, and even a kids’ collection for little beach tots.
Baliza, various locations including Zerrin Lounge.
Hong Kong-based label Aanya is all about craft and cause. Its bohemian-inspired designs are made from ethically-sourced materials and crafted by local artisans in India. You won’t look out of place on the beaches of Bali with its range of casual beachwear, which includes bell-sleeved rompers, ankle-skimming kimonos and flirty printed dresses.
Shop Aanya via Zerrin, available online.
This local swimwear haven doesn’t just do quality bikinis and one-pieces. To complete your beach club ready ensemble, you need a fab sarong. We especially love the Papeete Tropicana for its tropical vibes with show-stopping prints of pineapples, monstera and palm plants. Better yet, it’s multi-purpose as it can be used as a skirt, dress or shawl too.
August Society, various locations including Design Orchard, The Green Collective and Zhai Tanglin Mall.
We’ve got a soft spot for Bella Kini – back in the day, it was a hole-in-the-all store on the second floor of Bugis Street and the locale for our “starter” bikinis. Today, the store’s located in Haji Lane and features an ample selection of cover ups (think tassled kimonos, kaftans with laced collars and basic sarongs.
Bella Kini, 69 Haji Lane, Singapore 189262
That’s right ladies – Mister Zimi has swimwear now. The prints you so love and associate with the brand is now available on one and two pieces. But visuals aside, we don’t mind shelling out big bucks for the fabric. The swimsuits are made from Italian Vita lycra (also known as econyl) which is sustainable and offers UPF 50+ sun protection.
Mister Zimi, online, free shipping above $95.