After blogging about the rise of one piece swimsuits and having shared retro pieces from Seafolly last week, I found myself scouting for more options online. Amongst the numerous online stores out there, the one that provided many good (read: cute and retro) choices had to be ASOS.

One-piece swimsuits

(From left) Whistles Love Print Open Back Swim Suit £70.00, Ted Baker Starly Asymmetric Suit with Zip Back Detail £65.00

I like the idea of one-shoulder swimsuit. The Ted Baker one might look good for a beach party by pairing a black pleated midi skirt, or a bandaged skirt.

(From left) ASOS Spot Tie Front Swimsuit £25.00, Red Or Dead Swim Suit With Contrast Trims £63.00

ASOS House Brand swimsuit might be priced more economically, but just a note – unless specified, their swimsuits usually are unpadded.

(From left) ASOS Twist Top Swimsuit With Padded Cups £30.00, ASOS REVIVE Pouch Over Swimsuit £35.00

Pouch over swimsuit is a new thing to me but I think they are probably great for those who are wary of their tummy area, or for moms who have just given birth and are still trying to get back to shape. ASOS has a few pouch over swimsuits in store and these seem to be quite popular, judging from the limited sizes left.


(From left) ASOS Gingham Bandeau Bikini Top (£15.00) and Brief (£12.00), Freya Pier Spot Underwired Halter Bikini Top (£33.00) and Frill Brief (£24.50)

Checks and Polka Dots are definitive of the 50s retro style. So are floral and cherry prints. For those who are more comfortable with two-piece, you could choose bikinis with more feminine or girlish details, such as bows, ruffles and frills.

(From left) ASOS Coquette Digital Print Ruffle Underwired Bikini Top (£26.00) and Brief (£18.00), ASOS 50s Cross Front Sweetheart Neck Textured Bikini Top (£18.00) and Brief (£15.00)

Anyway, another tip to go retro with bikini is to wear a high waisted bottom, one that cuts close or covers your belly button. While such a style is great to trim the love handles (or muffin tops), it is not suitable for those with a short torso.

Monokini (or Cut-out swimsuits, or the in-between)

(From left) Playful Promises Exotic Charmer Snake Ring Cut-Out Swim Suit £55.00, ASOS Rope Back Bandeau Swimsuit £35.00

Monokinis are the sexy in-between of the conventional bikini and the well-covered one-piece bathing suit. For a more playful vintage edge, go for dusty shades like copper, teal, coral, or opt for something with retro prints (i.e. floral, gingham, polka dots, cherry etc)!

(From left) Pineapple Wrap Front Cut Out Halter Swimsuit £52.00, ASOS Frill Front Cut Out Suit £30.00

Of course, how could I forget? If you see a monokini with frills or ruffles, grab it before it’s gone. These designs are likely to be the most popular this summer.

With the GBP weakening against SGD – the last I checked the rate is still below S$2 and inching closer to S$1.9 – this may not great for the overall economy but good for us shoppers temporarily. ASOS also offers free international shipping, so if you are considering to add on to your swimsuit collection, this is probably a good time to do so.

As for me, I really just want to teleport to a villa in Bali and chill by the private pool now. Right now.


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