6 stores to find swimwear (bathing suits) in Toronto
Swimwear season in Toronto is fast approaching. For the optimists who truly believe that the time to wear bathing suits is right around the corner, here are six stores (that aren't Bikini Village) to find swimwear in Toronto.
Fittingly located in the heart of The Beaches, Seychelles carries everything from ultra-conservative to MTV-worthy swimwear for women and men. They carry up to size 24 and stock brands like Vix, Vitamin A, Trian Turk, Agua Bendita, and Gottex.
Fragola carries a hand-picked collection of designer swimwear and accessories, some even by local designers. Brands include Jantzen, Bandita Couture, Dandi Maestre, Aubade Paris, and Flora Bella.
Sandpipers' two trendy boutiques carry a bevy of luxury designer swimwear, including suits for almost any shape or mood. For those who want to look a little less Britney and a little more Joan Holloway, this is the place to shop. Brands include Gottex, Eres, Norma Kamali, Seventh Wonderland, Agua Bendita, and Vix.
Minnow is a swimwear line available for men and women by Toronto-based duo Karen Donaldson and Vanessa Warrack. Their 2012 collection, available on Etsy, features 80s skater and surf-inspired cuts with lots of floral and graphic prints; Minnow's unique silhouettes and patterns can't help but stand out on a crowded beach.
This high-end Yorkville boutique is stocked with the designs of Montreal's Chantal Levesque. Shan carries swimwear and accessories for both men and women. Their retro 2012 collection for women is full of rich tones, tiny polka dots, and lots of pleats and draping. For men, Shan offers a variety of cuts and lots of bright colours.
Melmira is all about proper fit; their trained consultants take women's measurements and find styles to flatter forms of all kind. Melmira's staff is as diverse as their swimwear; they can assist customers in Russian, Cantonsese, Maltese, Portuguese, Vietnamese, and a variety of other languages. Labels include Jets by Jessika Allen, Shan, Karla Colletto, Fantasie, Sea Folly, Vix, and Vitamin A.