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We rank shopping for a swimsuit right up there with finding the perfect jeans or white T-shirt — it's an a daunting task with seemingly endless options in sight. So we've narrowed down the list of places to shop for swimwear in New York City, highlighting a range stores that cater to different body types and varying budgets.

You'll find suits at these shops suitable for an afternoon at Sheep Meadow or a tropical vacation, so all you're left to decide is the important things, like whether to worth splurge on a designer name or what color one-piece will look best with your spray tan.

Scroll down to see 22 of New York City's best spots to buy swimwear (standbys like department stores and chains like H&M and Old Navy have been excluded) and don't blame us when you use up all of your vacation days on beach trips before August. Remember: inflatable pool toys not included.

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1. Letarte

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1118 Madison Ave
New York, NY 10028
(646) 429-9875
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Two places you might never find yourself are on a Maui beach and the cover of Sports Illustrated, but you can pretend this summer with a suit from this Upper East Side boutique. The Hawaiian-based line founded by the Letarte sisters nearly two decades ago has seen plenty of editorial love from the annual issue.
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2. Saturdays Surf NYC

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31 Crosby St
New York, NY 10013
(212) 966-7875
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Between the coffee bar up front, the patio out back, and plenty of surfboards in between, Saturdays is best known for its atmosphere. But don't overlook the stock of swim trunks for guys, which come in classic patterns and flattering cuts.
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3. Brooklyn Fox Lingerie

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200 Bedford Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11249
(718) 599-1555
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If you're the type that doesn't see much of a different between swimsuits and lingerie, you're probably the type to shop for beachwear at Brooklyn Fox. Good separates from the likes of Mara Hoffman and Zinke can be found here, and be on the lookout for deep discounts during mid-summer sales.
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4. Pilgrim Surf + Supply

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68 N 3rd St
Brooklyn, NY 11249
(718) 218-7456
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Whether you're a dude that's heavy into the New York City surf scene or just like to pretend that you are, Pilgrim has something that fits your lifestyle. Serious surfers can browse the wetsuits and rash guards, while those who consider a surfboard as an accessory can check out board shorts. Women also have their pick of bikinis and one-pieces.
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5. Azaleas

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140 Second Ave
New York, NY
(212) 228-5842
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Head to Second Avenue for a stellar selection of labels ranging from Acacia to Zinke. While two-pieces are sold as a set here, you've got the option to mix and match tops and bottoms in different sizes so that everything fits properly.
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6. Everything But Water

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1060 Madison Ave
New York, NY 10028
(212) 249-4052
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The swim emporium began to shed its mall image when it opened here in 2013, and is basically a one-stop shop for building out your beach wardrobe. Be sure to take advantage of their fitting sessions to get the most mileage out of your suits. Down in the West Village, you can shop an all-white edit of its merchandise.
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7. Norma Kamali

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11 W 56th St
New York, NY 10019
(212) 957-9797
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Among the many things the designer is known for is her range of swimwear, which includes vintage-style one-pieces and bikinis with creative tops and skirt-style bottoms — perfect for those who want to flaunt their curves without showing nearly every inch of skin.
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8. Zimmermann

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55 Mercer St
New York, NY 10012
(212) 226-6440
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You can trust the Australians to do right by a swimsuit — and in the case of Zimmermann, you can trust them to do right by a Soho shopping experience, too. Stop in when you're ready to make an investment on a suit that's too good to cover up.
Photo: Zimmerman

9. Linda's Bra Salon

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552 Third Ave
New York, NY 10016
(646) 736-1949
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It's hard to pick just one reason to love Linda's, but here's a few to choose from: The range of styles, from skimpy bikinis to full-coverage; the size selection that suits women up to a size 22 and K-cup busts; and its friendly staff that's ready to assist with fittings.

10. Canyon Beachwear

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1136 Third Ave
New York, NY 10065
(917) 432-0732
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Just because this California transplant specializes in what's trending on the runways doesn't mean they solely cater to model figures. Plenty of their stock is dedicated to plus-size styles, and there's also a great selection of beachy dresses and cover-ups.

11. Parke & Ronen

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176 Ninth Ave
New York, NY 10011
(212) 989-4245
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Men can channel their inner European (and show off a lot of upper thigh) with swimsuits from this Chelsea shop that start at a two-inch inseam and a price tag just over $100.
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12. & Other Stories

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575 Broadway
New York, NY 10012
(646) 767-3063
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As if you needed yet another reason to shop the affordable pieces from H&M's sister store, its swim collection features mix-and-match separates start at $22 and one-pieces with low backs start at $55.
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13. The Rising States

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168 Ludlow St
New York, NY 10002
(646) 649-2410
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This Lower East Side boutique always stocks a playful assortment of swimwear from Wymann, Wolcott Takemoto, and Samantha Pleet.
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14. Warm

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181 Mott St
New York, NY 10012
(212) 925-1200
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It's no surprise that a boutique that boasts husband-and-wife store owners who met while surfing stock a good selection of bikinis and board shorts with tropical vibes. Don't be surprised to bump into a model stocking up for her next Tulum trip as you browse the racks.
Photo: Driely S. for Racked

15. Cynthia Rowley

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376 Bleecker St
New York, NY 10014
(212) 242-0847
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The fashion designer has been putting considerable muscle behind her activewear collection as of late, and with that comes corresponding swimwear styles. Though there are a couple of string styles in the mix here, most suits are firmly in the sporty range, from sports bra-style tops to neoprene one-pieces to printed wetsuits with both short and long sleeves.
Photo: Driely S. for Racked

16. Vilebrequin

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436 W Broadway
New York, NY 10012
(212) 431-0673
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For the man who isn't afraid of a little (or a lot of) pattern, there's Vilebrequin, which has been pulling inspiration from the beaches of St. Tropez since the 1970s. Women can also find a selection of suits in stores — including here, Madison Avenue, and its newest location at Brookfield Place.
Photo: Vilebrequin

17. Pesca Boutique

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244 E 60th St
New York, NY 10022
(212) 980-1901
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With Pesca, you're actually getting double the shopping: Shahlla Azizian founded Pesca Boutique in 1979 by to bring swimwear labels from South America, Israel, and America to the Upper East Side, while daughter Teresa opened Pesca Trend around the corner on Second Avenue in 2007 to stock — you guessed it — trendy (and often skin-baring) swim styles, as well as more clothing options like light dresses and lingerie.

18. Planet Blue

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191 Lafayette St
New York, NY 10013
(646) 546-5498
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This store is a breath of fresh Malibu air and features swimsuits on its lower level, including one of our favorite pieces: a washable suede suit complete with removable jewelry.
Photo: Planet Blue

19. The Apartment by The Line

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76 Greene St Fl 3
New York, NY 10012
(646) 678-4908
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This is your stop for fancy minimalist swimsuits from designers like Araks, Toteme, and Flagpole Swim.

20. Sugar Cookies

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203 W 19th St
New York, NY 10011
(212) 242-6963
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If you prefer a suit that packs a colorful punch — and aren't afraid to part with a little cash for it — this boutique is right up your alley, with options priced under $300.
Photo: Sugar Cookies

21. Faherty Brand

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102 Thompson St
New York, NY 10012
(877) 745-8994
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Faherty's goal is to create a never-ending summer with moderately-priced swimsuits sourced from premium ethically sourced materials.
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22. Malia Mills

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199 Mulberry St
New York, NY 10012
(212) 625-2311
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The locally-produced label is so dedicated to designing suits for "real women" that it uses them in its campaigns. Suits run on the pricier side here, and other stores can be found on the Upper East and Upper West sides.

1. Letarte

1118 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10028
Photo: Letarte
Two places you might never find yourself are on a Maui beach and the cover of Sports Illustrated, but you can pretend this summer with a suit from this Upper East Side boutique. The Hawaiian-based line founded by the Letarte sisters nearly two decades ago has seen plenty of editorial love from the annual issue.
1118 Madison Ave
New York, NY 10028

2. Saturdays Surf NYC

31 Crosby St, New York, NY 10013
Photo: Brian Harkin for Racked
Between the coffee bar up front, the patio out back, and plenty of surfboards in between, Saturdays is best known for its atmosphere. But don't overlook the stock of swim trunks for guys, which come in classic patterns and flattering cuts.
31 Crosby St
New York, NY 10013

3. Brooklyn Fox Lingerie

200 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11249
Photo: Via
If you're the type that doesn't see much of a different between swimsuits and lingerie, you're probably the type to shop for beachwear at Brooklyn Fox. Good separates from the likes of Mara Hoffman and Zinke can be found here, and be on the lookout for deep discounts during mid-summer sales.
200 Bedford Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11249

4. Pilgrim Surf + Supply

68 N 3rd St, Brooklyn, NY 11249
Photo: Driely S. for Racked
Whether you're a dude that's heavy into the New York City surf scene or just like to pretend that you are, Pilgrim has something that fits your lifestyle. Serious surfers can browse the wetsuits and rash guards, while those who consider a surfboard as an accessory can check out board shorts. Women also have their pick of bikinis and one-pieces.
68 N 3rd St
Brooklyn, NY 11249

5. Azaleas

140 Second Ave, New York, NY
Photo: Azaleas
Head to Second Avenue for a stellar selection of labels ranging from Acacia to Zinke. While two-pieces are sold as a set here, you've got the option to mix and match tops and bottoms in different sizes so that everything fits properly.
140 Second Ave
New York, NY

6. Everything But Water

1060 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10028
Photo: Everything But Water
The swim emporium began to shed its mall image when it opened here in 2013, and is basically a one-stop shop for building out your beach wardrobe. Be sure to take advantage of their fitting sessions to get the most mileage out of your suits. Down in the West Village, you can shop an all-white edit of its merchandise.
1060 Madison Ave
New York, NY 10028

7. Norma Kamali

11 W 56th St, New York, NY 10019
Photo: Sample Sally
Among the many things the designer is known for is her range of swimwear, which includes vintage-style one-pieces and bikinis with creative tops and skirt-style bottoms — perfect for those who want to flaunt their curves without showing nearly every inch of skin.
11 W 56th St
New York, NY 10019

8. Zimmermann

55 Mercer St, New York, NY 10012
Photo: Zimmerman
You can trust the Australians to do right by a swimsuit — and in the case of Zimmermann, you can trust them to do right by a Soho shopping experience, too. Stop in when you're ready to make an investment on a suit that's too good to cover up.
55 Mercer St
New York, NY 10012

9. Linda's Bra Salon

552 Third Ave, New York, NY 10016
It's hard to pick just one reason to love Linda's, but here's a few to choose from: The range of styles, from skimpy bikinis to full-coverage; the size selection that suits women up to a size 22 and K-cup busts; and its friendly staff that's ready to assist with fittings.
552 Third Ave
New York, NY 10016

10. Canyon Beachwear

1136 Third Ave, New York, NY 10065
Just because this California transplant specializes in what's trending on the runways doesn't mean they solely cater to model figures. Plenty of their stock is dedicated to plus-size styles, and there's also a great selection of beachy dresses and cover-ups.
1136 Third Ave
New York, NY 10065

11. Parke & Ronen

176 Ninth Ave, New York, NY 10011
Photo: Parke & Ronen
Men can channel their inner European (and show off a lot of upper thigh) with swimsuits from this Chelsea shop that start at a two-inch inseam and a price tag just over $100.
176 Ninth Ave
New York, NY 10011

12. & Other Stories

575 Broadway, New York, NY 10012
Photo: via
As if you needed yet another reason to shop the affordable pieces from H&M's sister store, its swim collection features mix-and-match separates start at $22 and one-pieces with low backs start at $55.
575 Broadway
New York, NY 10012

13. The Rising States

168 Ludlow St, New York, NY 10002
Photo: Driely S. for Racked
This Lower East Side boutique always stocks a playful assortment of swimwear from Wymann, Wolcott Takemoto, and Samantha Pleet.
168 Ludlow St
New York, NY 10002

14. Warm

181 Mott St, New York, NY 10012
Photo: Driely S. for Racked
It's no surprise that a boutique that boasts husband-and-wife store owners who met while surfing stock a good selection of bikinis and board shorts with tropical vibes. Don't be surprised to bump into a model stocking up for her next Tulum trip as you browse the racks.
181 Mott St
New York, NY 10012

15. Cynthia Rowley

376 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014
Photo: Driely S. for Racked
The fashion designer has been putting considerable muscle behind her activewear collection as of late, and with that comes corresponding swimwear styles. Though there are a couple of string styles in the mix here, most suits are firmly in the sporty range, from sports bra-style tops to neoprene one-pieces to printed wetsuits with both short and long sleeves.
376 Bleecker St
New York, NY 10014

16. Vilebrequin

436 W Broadway, New York, NY 10012
Photo: Vilebrequin
For the man who isn't afraid of a little (or a lot of) pattern, there's Vilebrequin, which has been pulling inspiration from the beaches of St. Tropez since the 1970s. Women can also find a selection of suits in stores — including here, Madison Avenue, and its newest location at Brookfield Place.
436 W Broadway
New York, NY 10012

17. Pesca Boutique

244 E 60th St, New York, NY 10022
With Pesca, you're actually getting double the shopping: Shahlla Azizian founded Pesca Boutique in 1979 by to bring swimwear labels from South America, Israel, and America to the Upper East Side, while daughter Teresa opened Pesca Trend around the corner on Second Avenue in 2007 to stock — you guessed it — trendy (and often skin-baring) swim styles, as well as more clothing options like light dresses and lingerie.
244 E 60th St
New York, NY 10022

18. Planet Blue

191 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10013
Photo: Planet Blue
This store is a breath of fresh Malibu air and features swimsuits on its lower level, including one of our favorite pieces: a washable suede suit complete with removable jewelry.
191 Lafayette St
New York, NY 10013

19. The Apartment by The Line

76 Greene St Fl 3, New York, NY 10012
This is your stop for fancy minimalist swimsuits from designers like Araks, Toteme, and Flagpole Swim.
76 Greene St Fl 3
New York, NY 10012

20. Sugar Cookies

203 W 19th St, New York, NY 10011
Photo: Sugar Cookies
If you prefer a suit that packs a colorful punch — and aren't afraid to part with a little cash for it — this boutique is right up your alley, with options priced under $300.
203 W 19th St
New York, NY 10011

21. Faherty Brand

102 Thompson St, New York, NY 10012
Photo: Faherty Brand
Faherty's goal is to create a never-ending summer with moderately-priced swimsuits sourced from premium ethically sourced materials.
102 Thompson St
New York, NY 10012

22. Malia Mills

199 Mulberry St, New York, NY 10012
The locally-produced label is so dedicated to designing suits for "real women" that it uses them in its campaigns. Suits run on the pricier side here, and other stores can be found on the Upper East and Upper West sides.
199 Mulberry St
New York, NY 10012