Whether you’re going on tropical vacay, taking a dip in one of Hong Kong’s best pools or visiting the beach to soak up some rays, a statement swimsuit is essential for the summer. While staples like H&M and Cotton On can provide all your basic beachwear needs, there are some pretty great indie shops and online platforms that can really make your outfit stand out. So dive in to discover all the best Hong Kong stores and online shops for chic and practical swimwear.
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Hong Kong’s best swimwear shops
This Italian legwear and beachwear label has an abundance of bikinis and other swimwear on offer. Not to mention, all the styles and cuts you can think of. Triangle tops, ruffles, one-shoulder, push-up, strapless, criss-cross – you name it, they’ve got it. The designs aren’t boring either, ranging from plain colours to detailed prints and stripes. And the best thing? They’re all padded. Complete the outfit with a flowy summer dress and some eye-catching accessories.
Launched by Shek O native Petra Greening, this locally based e-commerce brand is inspired by Greening’s love of design, travel and minimalism. Frustrated by the dearth of swimwear options in Hong Kong, Hollow offers bikinis in straightforward European cuts with understated colours. The designs sculpt and hug your curves, and the options can be mixed and matched in any style and colour you want. As well as via Hollow’s website, you can also pick up products from shops like Mahka. hollowthelabel.com
For those looking for something a little more practical without sacrificing style, Gourami is a solid choice. Boasting an impressive collection of stylish rash guards and tankinis, Gourami’s swimwear is ideal for extreme water sports minus the fear of anything slipping out mid-action. You can also shop for bikinis here that provide great coverage and support, and at relatively affordable prices.
Although mixing-and-matching isn’t exactly a radical idea, the variety on offer in Hong Kong is usually so incredibly plain and limited that you end up buying a full set by default. Mint Escape is here to help you pick ‘n‘ mix. It has a great ratio of bikini tops and bottoms in different block colours – in flirty yet practical cuts as well – as well as swimwear pieces in fun, floral patterns. You’ll also find one-pieces and tankinis that actually look chic as well as the ever-popular floaties. Shop online or at its pop-up store at 26 Lyndhurst Terrace until September 10. mintescape.com
The highlight of this local men's resortwear brand is its quirky Asian-inspired patterns that pay homage to the continent’s rich maritime history. Offering quality, comfy swim shorts featuring local motifs – think sampans, junk boats and pink dolphins – in a great range of colours, Mazu also recently rolled out a swim short collection for boys. Perfect for any father-and-son duo seeking matching outfits. mazuresortwear.com
Strapped for cash but in need of a statement bikini? A world of affordable swimwear awaits online at Shein. Starting out as a humble website based in New Jersey, Shein has grown into a global platform that ships to 80 countries worldwide, including Hong Kong. Every style and design imaginable can be found here with options costing as little as $80. It’s easy to fall down the rabbit hole and put a dent in your credit card but you’re bound to find something that suits you. shein.com.hk
Originating in Saint-Tropez, the French coastal town on the Riviera known for its glitzy lifestyle, Vilebrequin understands the importance of tailored swimwear. The luxury brand has some seriously gorgeous prints when it comes to men’s swimming trunks, ranging from a wide variety of bold and pastel colours paired with fun patterns featuring turtles, starfish and waves. The same is true of the ladies’ collection as well. You can pick up everything from bold prints to embroidered designs, not to mention, tons of resort wear that encapsulates the vacation lifestyle.