FASHION & BEAUTY

Five top places in Hong Kong to buy a bikini before summer’s sizzling

There’s still time to enjoy a spot of beach life before summer arrives in earnest – and that’s the perfect reason to indulge in some new swimwear. Whatever your budget, we’ve got you covered

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 07 May, 2016, 6:01am
UPDATED : Monday, 09 May, 2016, 12:04pm

Hong Kong’s ridiculously humid summers are again fast approaching, so before it gets too icky to hit the beach, take advantage of these glorious weeks of perfect weather and indulge in a fresh, fancy new bathing suit.

Sadly, Sabina Swims, the city’s famed hotspot for swimsuits, is closing its stores after a good 13 years of kitting out the city in poolside attire – it’s still selling online at sabinaswims.com. So where else can you find sleek, stylish new bathing suits in this fashion-obsessed town? Fret not, we’ve got you covered (literally), with five top bikini spots around the city.

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H&M

Searching everywhere for a bargain bikini, but can’t find anything better than cut-out pieces of cloth? Look no further, as fast fashion saves the day once again. H&M, the Swedish high-street brand favourite of stylish but thrifty women everywhere, has almost 200 items of swimwear available, with prices starting from a mere HK$100.

Whether it’s a sultry halter-neck one-piece to flash a cheeky bit of cleavage, a tie-dyed triangle bikini or colourful patterns to help you stand out, or a sporty neon number to get the most out of the ocean, H&M has it all. For all those still battling their winter bodies, alternative options are on offer, including subtle one-pieces, frilly kaftans and even sarongs.

Hang Lung Centre, 2-20 Paterson St, Causeway Bay, tel: 2337 3400. hm.com/hk/en

Sheer

Sheer might be better known as that incredibly sexy Gough Street store that you dare not even look inside, lest the statuesque supermodels browsing its bra racks make eye contact and forever shame you into feelings of inadequacy. But Sheer also does swimwear, so you can march in with pride knowing that your true goal is to cover up, rather than show off.

Whether it’s a sleek, monochrome, scallop-edged one-piece from Marysia, sleek and sporty options from Mikoh or a ridiculously revealing, multicoloured strapless Melissa Oberdash two-piece to flaunt your CrossFit bod, Sheer has swimwear for every size, with more than three dozen chic styles on offer. Prices start at HK$1,485 for a simple two-piece bikini, but expect to pay up to HK$2,500 if you want something classical or fancy. And don’t forget to strut your stuff on your way out.

G/F, 13 Gough Street, Central, tel: 2147 3887, sheer.com.hk

Marie France Van Damme

Marie France Van Damme’s tale is the kind of expat-to-fashion icon story every bored, wealthy Hong Kong housewife dreams about. Having first relocated to the city in the 1980s to start a manufacturing company, she eventually found a gap in the market for sleek resort wear, and now owns stores all across the world.

Van Damme’s swimwear designs are a far cry from her bright, colourful beachside dresses, though. Limited to just 12 designs, each looking like a retro-futuristic costume out of Jane Fonda’s cult ’60s flick Barbarella, they run the range from metallic boob tube and superhero-style shorts, to primary-colour one-pieces that are classically vintage and quite wholesome. Each set is priced at a surprisingly reasonable HK$2,000, and you’re guaranteed to look like no-one else sitting poolside, so that’s something.

Shop 3088, Podium Level 3, IFC Mall, 8 Finance Street, Central, tel: 2882 9088, mariefrancevandamme.com

Lane Crawford

If you have the cash to spend, and tai-tai amounts of time to browse its many racks on a Tuesday afternoon after lunching at Caprice, there’s no better place than Lane Crawford to find your perfect beachwear. With plenty of brands on offer, you can indulge your swimwear fetish without fear.

Over 200 styles of bathing suit are available, ranging from chic pieces by Acne Studios to bolder looks courtesy of Mara Hoffman, all the way to Mikoh’s strap-heavy styles that leave very little to the imagination. Prices run from medium to high, and while it’ll definitely cost you a pretty penny compared to some places in town, you really can’t put a value on choice.

IFC Mall, Central, tel: 2118 2288 , lanecrawford.com

Tory Burch

Her brand is forever linked to exotic travel, and you’ve seen her handbags on every Soho businesswoman and copied on stalls in Mong Kok ladies market, but Tory Burch’s inimitable – and yet, often imitated – sense of design stretches far beyond shoes and accessories, and into the wide world of swimwear. With stores in Tsim Sha Tsui, Central, Causeway Bay and one at the airport, you’re guaranteed a great look, even if it is a last-minute buy before you head off for the summer.

Styles are simple yet classic, in strong primary colours and attractive floral prints, with each style harking back to the 1950s, when going to the beach armed with your parasol seemed to be a glamourous affair. Particularly noteworthy are the vivid blue bandeau two-piece worn with a stripy beach kimono, the underwired polka dot bikini, or if you’re a bit shy, a plunging yet tasteful one-piece. Prices start from HK$2,000.

Lee Garden Two, Shop G13 & G13A, 28 Yun Ping Road, Causeway Bay, tel: 3586 3322 , toryburch.hk