What to Wear On A Junk: Boat-Approved Swimwear

1 / 10

Best for that one-piece wonder

Option 1:
Check out MAMÉDIO’s newest collection. The bold red Ameixa or elegant Uva are some of our favourite one-pieces at the moment. This premium brand uses exclusive handcrafted prints and gold-plated details. Plus, the new range of resort wear offer up some ideal junk coverup options too!

Available online at MAMÉDIO

Option 2:
One of the sexier moments of 80s fashion was the high-cut swimsuit, so it’s only appropriate that we celebrate its return! This beautiful Norma Kamali one-piece does an amazing job of doing just that, while also covering the mid-section. As a designer who has been credited for starting a number of trends, Norma has done a great job of bringing that Baywatch look back.

Available online at Revolve

2 / 10

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 Bailey cutout two-tone swimsuit by Solid & Striped. This bright number is literally a two-piece, tied into one. We can’t think of a better way to prevent your top from going up and your bottoms from falling off.

Available online at Net-A-Porter

Option 2:
For a little more coverage, opt for the Michelle one-piece by Solid & Striped instead. Solid & Striped is one of my favourite swimwear brands – you can’t go wrong with any of the pieces. This one-piece specifically mixes the signature stripes with a flirty v-neck, offering enough support for jumping off the top deck.

Available online at Revolve

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3 / 10

Best for playing up the retro vibe

Option 1:
If you’re just as thankful as I am that retro, high-waisted bikinis were not just a “for the moment fad”, check out this two-piece by Eres. This flirty combo plays up that retro vibe with its classic cut and well placed, subtle details.

Available at Eres, Shop 260A, Ocean Centre, Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 29181899, and online 

Option 2:
For a more affordable option, check out this high-waisted retro two-piece from Cotton On. You’ll can’t go wrong with classic red and white polka dots!

Available at Cotton On stores in Hong Kong here

4 / 10

Best for cute coverage

Option 1:
This bright two-piece number by Tularosa ticks the cute box. The little pom pom accents on the top and bottom enhance the cut of this suit and add an extra dash of sunshine to your day. If yellow is not your colour, opt for the cherry bomb or blue stripe instead!

Top and bottom available online at Revolve

Option 2:
For an adorable one-piece alternative, give this fun Zara one-piece a try. The bright palm print and lace-up detail down the centre is the perfect example of playful coverage. 

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

5 / 10

Best for boat-land-boat trips

Option 1:
This fun two-piece by Beth Richards feigns the look of a knotted tank top which makes it versatile to wear on the boat or the shore with a cute skirt or cut offs. Ideal if you’re heading to Lamma for lunch! The red is a great pop of colour for the summer, but it’s also available in petal or grey.

Top and bottom are available online at Shopbop

Option 2:
Another option is this Poema Swim two-piece from Revolve Clothing. The top of this swimsuit is a super cute, textured off-shoulder piece that is long enough to also function as a crop top and be paired with skirts and shorts. Options for swimsuit bottoms include a high-waisted and a bikini-cut option and the whole suit also comes in a bright sunflower yellow colour. 

Set available at Revolve

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6 / 10

Best for minimal tan lines

Option 1:
The key to preventing awkward tan lines is to keep ties and lines at 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 that tie on the side. This floral bikini combo (top and bottom) from H&M with detachable straps is idea for anyone looking to get an even glow. After all, avoiding odd tan lines doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice the cuteness of the suit!

Available at H&M store locations here and online

Option 2:
If side-tie bottoms are not idea of “junk-approved swimwear”, this fun red gingham bandeau bikini from Asos is a great alternative. The bikini style bottom offers more coverage than a standard side-tie pair, but the cut is still low enough to prevent any obvious lines.

Top and bottom available online at Asos

7 / 10

Best for water sports

Option 1:
Just like jumping off a boat, you need a suit that will stay in place when you’re making the most of Hong Kong’s water sports. For less intense water sports such as jet skiing, paddle boarding, or hanging out in a water donut (#exercise), The Redwood State Reversible Bikini by P.E Nation is perfect! It’s sporty and bold, 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 from Shopbop

Option 2:
For more intense sports, where coverage and support is extra important, a great option is the Roxy Pop Surf swimsuit from Asos. It’s youthful, feminine and functional – with UPF 50 sun protection. Just throw on a rash guard if additional sun protection is needed.

Available online from Asos

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8 / 10

Best for the indecisive shopper

Option 1:
Picking between a one-piece or two? Why not a combination? This Calzedonia one-piece combines the best of both worlds, offering the perfect balance between coverage and exposure. It’s also super on-trend for this summer, with a tie in the front, a fun paisley print, and the same cheeky cut out in the back!

Available at Calzedonia, G/F, Peter Building, 62 Queen’s Road, Central, Hong Kong, and online                   

Option 2:
And if paisley print isn’t your thing, check out a similar style from Topshop, in a bright floral print!

 Available at Topshop59 Queen’s Road Central, Asia Standard Tower, Hong Kong, 2118 5353, and online

9 / 10

Best for flaunting curves

Option 1:
Curves are meant to be flaunted, and a perfect way to do so is with this flirty combo from Asos (top and bottom)! The bustier-style top has moulded cups and supportive underwire to accommodate women with more shape. When paired with the high-waisted bottom, it creates the quintessential retro look. Check out the mix and match options available in contrasting colours and prints to create more fun looks!

Top and bottom available online at Asos

Option 2:
This one-shoulder, one-piece from Ozzie Cozzie is ideal if you’re looking for a flattering one-piece. The asymmetrical lines and sheer cut-outs make this piece a modern, classy style.

Available at Ozzie Cozzie503 Tak Woo House, 1-3 Wo On Lane, Central, Hong Kong, 2810 1356, and online

10 / 10

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 bottom) will definitely make you stand out. Though the tan lines might not work in your favour, it’s a perfect party combo of delicate and sultry.

Available at Mer Culture, Mer Culture, Mer Culture Boutique, G/F, 52 Staunton st, Soho, Central, and online at

Option 2:
That said, if you’re a sucker for shiny things, like me, the bold Marissa metallic swimsuit by Normal Kamali will be right up your alley. It’s the same black suit in slide #2, but dipped in a radiant gold. Time to get the party started.

Available online at Net-A-Porter

Read more: 50 Local Hong Kong Brands You Need To Know

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