Learning to swim is undeniably an invaluable skill to have, so it’s no surprise that moms and dads are signing kids up for lessons as soon as lil bub’s out of mom’s belly. To get your teeny tiny started, you’ll need proper swimwear, while the bigger ones will need accessories like goggles, swim boards, swimming caps and more. Depending on your personal style, there’s the cute, colorful bikinis and bright prints to the more practical and sporty athletic designs, or the body warming thermal swimwear for cool days. We’ve scoured the stores across the Klang Valley to find all kinds of swimwear for your small people… so happy shopping!
A popular brand that has been around since the 70s, Arena can be found in major department stores and swimsuit boutiques. Favored by athletes for its smart, modern design, it’s a practical option for serious swimmers with a wide selection available, including fully-covered suits for those who prefer to be modestly dressed at the pool and also to keep the sun rays away.
Arena, various locations including Aeon and Isetan, www.facebook.com/ArenaSwimwearMalaysia
Malaysian label Cheekaboo has a great range of thermal swimwear made of neoprene ideal to keep little ones warm as they splash about the pool, along with matching accessories like swim diapers, goggles, beach hats, floats and more.Their range is colorful, fun and stylish, and just ticks all the right boxes. Ideal for babies and kids up to 8 years old, find them at department stores like Robinson’s at The Gardens and Isetan at Suria KLCC, or you can order them online on sites like Amazon, Lazada and Shopee.
Cheekaboo, various locations, https://cheekaaboo.com/my/
French sports retail giant Decathlon is pretty much a haven for sports enthusiast due to the extensive range of sporting goods available. The main draw however has to be the unbeatable pocket-friendly prices. You’ll find all sorts of sporting goods here from camping equipment to bikes and clothing, and of course swimwear for the whole family. Make this your first stop if you’re hunting for affordable swimwear and swimming gear, and you’re likely to leave with more than just one piece, or shop online at your convenience.
Decathlon, Bandar Sri Damansara, USJ and Old Klang Road, www.decathlon.my
Fun, stylish and affordable, you can count on fast fashion retailer H&M to carry cute bikinis with adorable cartoon characters like Elsa and fun prints of unicorns or cool board shorts for little masters. Available all year round, we love all the eye-catching designs especially since they won't burn a hole in your pocket.
H&M, various locations, www.hm.com/my
Turkish fashion retailer L C Waikiki arrived in Malaysia in late 2017, and may not be a household name yet with just two stores in Petaling Jaya. Nonetheless, the brightly lit stores offer stylish, fashionable attire available for the whole family, and there’s a small range of cute swimwear here for boys and girls. The swimwear selection is bright and cheery, and there's matching accessories like hats, beach bags, beach slippers, towels, and more to pull together a coordinated look before hitting the beach.
L C Waikiki, 1 Utama Shopping Center and IPC, www.facebook.com/lcwaikikimalaysia
The leading go-to baby store in the city, Mothercare is a favorite choice to find swimwear for babies and tiny tots. The adorable Charlie Banana swim diapers are perfect for first time water babies who are planning to dip their teeny toes into the pool. You’ll also find everything else you might need for swim class here including sunscreen, swimming accessories and more to make your’s bub’s first pool experience a memorable one.
Mothercare, various locations including BSC and Suria KLCC, www.mothercare.com.my
Local swimwear brand Ogival has been dressing swimmers since the 70s. Their extensive range of swimwear caters to the whole family including swimmers who prefer modest swimwear, and well-designed tops with matching bottoms to hide unforgiving bulges that even moms-to-be can feel good in wearing. There’s a wide range of choices for kiddos, including wetsuits and thermal suits, and all the matching accessories and gear they’ll need. Find them in major department stores across the nation.
Ogival, available nationwide in Isetan, Aeon and Parkson , http://ogival.com.my/
Australian label Platypus offers high quality, stylish UV protective swimwear for active girls and boys. Designed to mix and match, the material used retains its shape, blocks out UV ray, offers maximum breathability and contains chlorine resistant properties. Now, we sure like the sound of that!
Playtypus Australia, Robinsons at The Gardens Mall, www.facebook.com/platypusaustraliamalaysia
Synonymous with competitive swimming, Speedo has several retail outlets in major malls within the Klang Valley. A trusted name in swimwear, Speedo is an obvious choice if you prefer sporty, practical designs so your kids can swim just like a champ.
Speedo, various locations including Pavilion KL, The Gardens Mall, 1Utama Shopping Center, www.speedo.com/international/en
A go-to destination for a wide range of sports attires, equipment and accessories including swimwear for adults and children, Sportdirect.com, UK’s largest sports retailer has all your needs covered. You’ll be able to find sporty brands like Arena, Slazenger as well as Disney characters here so picking out a suitable swimwear for little juniors should be a breeze.
SportsDirect.com, various locations including Mid Valley Megamall and Sunway Putra Mall
Swimwear fashion boutique chain Sun Paradise offers a range of swimwear from brands like Arena, Sunseeker, Hydrokids and more in their 13 outlets across the country for adults and children. From swimwear to accessories, diving equipment and snorkeling gear, this is a one-stop shop for everything you need to equip yourself for fun times in the water. Shop at one of their boutiques or their online store.
Sun Paradise, various locations including Pavilion KL and Sunway Pyramid, +603 2110 5221, www.sunparadiseonline.com
Main image credit: Platypus Australia
Little beach boys and girls, head to Cotton On Kids if you're looking for stylish swimming tops and bottoms. The designs are adorable, cheerful and bright so little swimmers can stand out from the crowd. As there are new designs rolling out in all stores constantly, look out for their occasional markdowns where you can find them at a discounted price.
Cotton On Kids, various locations including Pavilion KL and Mid Valley Megamall, https://cottonon.com/MY/
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