What To Wear On A Junk: Boat-Approved Swimwear

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Best for jumping off of the boat

Option 1: When you jump off a boat, the last thing you want to worry about is the direction your top or bottom will be facing when you get out of the water. For a piece that will keep you covered, check out the Claudia cutout swimsuit by Solid & Striped. This bright marigold/turmeric/dandelion/whatever-you-want-to-call-it one-piece combines one of this summer’s most popular colours with the cutout trend. It’s a great way to show a little skin without the worry of it falling off.

Available via Revolve

Option 2: For a little more coverage, opt for the Deep V One-Piece Cheeky from Cotton On in Tie Dye Blues. This sassy little number mixes the tie dye trend with a comfortable v-neck one-piece, offering enough support to let loose and jump off the top deck.

Available at Cotton On stores across Hong Kong

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Best for taking animal print from land to the water

Option 1: Obsessed with animal print? Take it with you from land to sea with the Lila bikini by Faithfull the Brand. This fun combo features an underwire top with high-waisted bottoms, all covered in a summery, snake print.

Available online via Net-A-Porter

Option 2: For a more affordable option, check out this v-neck swimmer from H&M. You can’t go wrong with classic leopard!

Available at H&M stores across Hong Kong and online

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Best for that one-piece wonder

Option 1: Mamedio’s newest capsule for 2019 has landed and the Begonia Halterneck is calling our name. This sustainable premium brand is known for the silky soft fabric that makes its pieces comfortable and figure flattering. Plus, the new range of resort wear offers up some ideal junk cover-up options too!

Available online at Mamedio

Option 2: Try out the belted swimsuit trend as a way to easily accessorise your swimmers while detracting from your mid-section! Play it up with the Solid & Striped Polka-Dot Swimsuit to add some playful polka dots into the mix as well.

Available online via Net-A-Porter

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Best for cute coverage

Option 1: This gingham sunflower print two-piece by Palmacea takes cuteness to the next level. The frilly accents on the top and the ties on the bottom enhance the cut of this suit, which is sure to add an extra dash of sunshine to your day.

Top and bottoms available online via Shopbop

Option 2: For an adorable one-piece alternative, give this fun J.Crew piece a try. This underwire one-piece is decorated with a ruffled hem and a cheerful floral print from Liberty London (a British print house long known for its florals since 1875). It’s the perfect example of playful coverage.

Available online from J.Crew

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Best for boat-land-boat trips

Option 1: The flirty, floral appliques on this one-piece from Zara, creates a whimsical bodysuit-esque look that makes it easy to wear on the boat or on the shore with a pair of linen pants or shorts. Ideal if you’re heading out to Lamma for lunch!

Available from Zara, 70 Queen’s Road Central, Crawford House, Central, Hong Kong, 2903 9500, and online

Option 2: Another option is this fun two-piece number by Eres. The top is a deep v-neck with a two-tone border that plays up a retro vibe when combined with its high-waisted bottoms. The combo comes in two variations of green and go perfectly with wide leg pants or midi-skirts.

Available from Eres, HK Central Shop 308, 3/F, Landmark Atrium, 15 Queen’s Road Central, Central, Hong Kong, 2565 6428, and online

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Best for minimal tan lines

Option 1: The key to preventing awkward tan lines is to keep ties and lines to a bare minimum. While you could wear any suit and try to move the straps around, it’s best to consider one with a bandeau top and bottoms. This gingham combo (top and bottoms) from J.Crew with detachable straps is ideal for anyone looking to get an even glow.

Top and bottoms available online from J.Crew 

Option 2: Looking for an option with side-tie bottoms instead? Check out this textured, green combo by Calzedonia (top and bottoms). It’ll allow you to get the glow you’re looking for and for almost half the price.

Top and bottoms available at Calzedonia stores across Hong Kong and online

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Best for water sports

Option 1: For intense water sports, the Beach Break Paddlesuit from lululemon is perfect! It gives you a little extra coverage as you surf, snorkel or paddle around. And like its sister leggings, there’s also a zip in the back for your cards or keys!

Available from lululemon stores across Hong Kong and online

Option 2: For less intense water sports, a great option is this reversible one-piece by Farm Rio. It gives you all the coverage of a one-piece, plus a little cut out in the front, but the best part is that it’s reversible! So, you can flip it inside out and wear whatever pattern you’re in the mood for that day.

Available online via Shopbop

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Best for classy cutouts

Option 1: Cutouts have been a part of the swimsuit scene for a while, but this season they’re in full bloom. Embrace the trend with this bright beauty by KYA that includes a tie detail on the side and has a reversible top. Go monochrome one day and flip the top inside out for a colour block look. There’s nothing better than a versatile trend.

Available online via Revolve

Option 2: For a more affordable way to get into the trend, check out this cutout cutie from H&M. The cutout detail shows off your sides and back while safely tucking away your midsection. And with three different colors to choose from, you can’t go wrong!

Available at H&M stores across Hong Kong and online

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Best for flaunting curves

Option 1: Curves are meant to be flaunted, and a perfect way to do so is with this leopard print combo from H&M (top and bottoms)! The balconette top has supportive, moulded cups to accommodate women with more shape. When paired with the high-waisted bottoms, it creates the quintessential retro look that is perfect for your boat and beach needs.

Top and bottoms available at H&M stores across Hong Kong and online

Option 2: This belted, plunge-neck swimmer from ASOS is ideal if you’re looking for a flattering one-piece. The deep v-neck, high-cut leg openings, and patterned belt hug your curves in all the right places to really show off your figure.

Available online via ASOS

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Best for a junk party

Option 1: There’s nothing more junk party appropriate than a little bit of crochet! This feminine bikini from Mer Culture (top and bottoms) will definitely make you stand out. Though the tan lines might not work in your favour, it’s a perfect, party-ready combo of delicate and sultry.

Top and bottoms available at Culture Cove, G/F, 67 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong, 9817 5387, and online

Option 2: That said, if you’re a sucker for the neon trend, this beautifully bright twist front swimsuit by ASOS is right up your alley. Colour blocking neons in the best way possible, this suit is a great solution to your “what should I wear to that junk party” problem.

Available online via ASOS


Editor’s Note: This article was originally published on 5 June, 2018 and was updated on 11 June, 2019.

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