(SPOT.ph) It’s almost summertime in Manila and the beach is calling! We wouldn’t be surprised if you’ve been planning your upcoming trip since the start of the year so as summer draws nearer, allow us to help you with your packing list. Sunscreen, Bluetooth speakers, a waterproof bag, and a good pair of flipflops are all essential for those out-of-town destinations, but we know what’s really on your mind is the perfect swimsuit for all your seaside snapshots. There are many types of swimsuits there—one-piece suits and classic triangle bikinis being staples in this category—but below, what we’ve got is a list of 10 stylish and form-flattering high-waist bikinis you can shop in Manila right now. The high-waist version of the two-piece swimsuit is a popular pick among many a beachgoer, largely thanks to its ability to hide one’s stomach. Though we’ve long been of the opinion that any size and shape can be considered a beach body, we understand if you’d prefer to keep your food baby concealed—if that helps you feel more comfortable and confident, why not? Luckily, you’ve got plenty of styles to choose from.
Gear up for summer with these stylish high-waist bikinis you can shop in Manila:
Renee Hi-Kini Set (P2,300) from Eighth Mermaid
Though it’s not the usual kind of texture you’d see on a swimsuit, the crinkled design on this bikini set from Eighth Mermaid allows for a little more stretch and movement. It hugs the body without digging into the skin and helps smooth out any bulges and folds, so you can look good from all angles even after a big meal. Plus, the sweetheart neckline on the bralette-like top gives the bikini an effortlessly feminine look that would flatter your shoulders and draw attention to your collarbone.
Feeling Cheeky Top (P1,699) and Bottoms (P1,899) from Every Body
Every Body is a local clothing brand started by Colourette Cosmetics founder Nina Dizon-Cabrera and it’s all about styles that fit and flatter a variety of body types. On our wish list for this summer is their Feeling Cheeky Top along with the matching bottoms (sold separately), both of which are available in 10 sizes (from 2XS to 5XL). With a rounded halter neckline up top and high-waist bottoms that hug the hips and provide ample coverage on the backside, these pieces promise to emphasize your shape so you can show off your curves.
Prudence Square Top (P2,300) and Sula Highwaist Bottoms (P2,300) from Aguariva
Show off your thicc side (wink, wink) with these cute high-waisted bottoms from Aguariva. They've got a cheeky silhouette that lets you flaunt your assets. These versatile bottoms can be paired with a variety of bikini tops, but we especially love them with the matching Prudence square top, which would keep your beach look both simple and effortlessly elegant.
Medusa Tank Bralette and Hi-Rise Wide Band Bikini (P5,950) from Seafolly
You can’t go wrong with an all-black bikini and this set from Seafolly provides that timeless, no-frills look with a sporty round neck bralette and high-rise bottoms that are cut to show off your thighs and butt cheeks—hey, if you’ve got it, flaunt it! Look closely and you’ll see that the black fabric has a snakeskin silhouette, giving the minimalist set a more distinct look.
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Rory Bikini (P1,499) from Sycamore Swimwear
You know that excitement you feel when you find a dress that has buttons built into the fabric? Well, this bikini from Sycamore Swimwear will have the same effect. What you get is a simple bralette-like style up top paired with high-waist, semi-full coverage bottoms that have a hoodie-like pocket up front—in case you need to have your phone, your film camera, or even a little snack handy while walking on the beach.
Melrose Bikini (P1,999) from Océan Essentials
Though your stomach will mostly be covered, you can still show off some skin with this bikini set from Océan Essentials. Available in stand-out shades like Royal Blue, Cherry Red, and Purple, this two-piece set features a top with a halter neckline and a string-tie design on the back along with high-waist bottoms that are cut high on both sides, showing off your cheeks, hips, and thighs.
Adriana Set (P2,600) from Sestra Swimwear
In case you need a bikini with a little extra support on the bust area, check out the Adriana set from Sestra swimwear, which has underwire construction on the top, so your girls can get a little extra push and hold. It’s paired with matching high-waist bottoms that are cut just enough on the sides to show off some skin without allowing for, er, any accidental slips.
Cielo Bikini Top (P1,450) and Bottoms (P1,500) from Frankie & Friends
With this bikini from Frankie & Friends, the best features are all in the little details. Though it sticks to a mostly no-frills design, the top piece has a pointed round neck cut that allows for a little more cleavage without going for a harsh V-cut on the neckline, so you get a more delicate silhouette that’s fit for a variety of body types. The high-waist bottoms sport a similar slightly V-shaped cut on the waist, with two pieces of fabric layered on top of each other to create the shape. The result is a pair of bottoms that emphasizes your waist and gives your torso a more hourglass shape. Plus, we’re head over heels for the soft yellow color—a perfect summertime pastel.
Cima Trip Top (P1,100) and Anilo Bottoms (P1,650) from Alba
Though sold separately, Alba’s Cima Tri Top and Anilo bottoms make a great two-piece set when paired and the local brand has tons of photos highlighting how well the two go together. The bottoms provide ample coverage from crotch to waist with just a touch of skin peeking through thanks to the string detail on the side—the drawstring even lets you adjust the bottoms so you can get a comfortable fit every time. The top, on the other hand, goes for a more classic triangle shape, but with a little more support and coverage than you would get from a string-bikini top. Each piece is available in a variety of hues—you can pair two of the same shade together or mix and match for a more colorful look.
Florence Bikini (P2,495) from Ellá the Label
The Florence set from Ellá the Label features a bra-style top, which means you get adjustable straps, a clasp fastener on the back, and best of all, cup support and wiring—ideal for those who are extra #blessed and need to keep the girls in check. It comes with a pair of high-waist bottoms in a matching floral pattern and ruched texture.
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