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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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Letarte

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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.
Photo: Letarte

Saturdays Surf NYC

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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.
Photo: Brian Harkin for Racked

Brooklyn Fox Lingerie

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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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Pilgrim Surf + Supply

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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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Azaleas

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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.
Photo: Azaleas

Everything But Water

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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.
Photo: Everything But Water

Norma Kamali

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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.
Photo: Sample Sally

Zimmermann

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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

Linda's Bra Salon

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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.

Canyon Beachwear

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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.

Parke & Ronen

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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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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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The Rising States

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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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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.
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Cynthia Rowley

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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.
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Vilebrequin

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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.
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Pesca Boutique

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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.

Planet Blue

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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.
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The Apartment by The Line

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This is your stop for fancy minimalist swimsuits from designers like Araks, Toteme, and Flagpole Swim.

Sugar Cookies

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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.
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Faherty Brand

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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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Malia Mills

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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.

Letarte

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.
Photo: Letarte

Saturdays Surf NYC

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.
Photo: Brian Harkin for Racked

Brooklyn Fox Lingerie

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.
Photo: Via

Pilgrim Surf + Supply

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.
Photo: Driely S. for Racked

Azaleas

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.
Photo: Azaleas

Everything But Water

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.
Photo: Everything But Water

Norma Kamali

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.
Photo: Sample Sally

Zimmermann

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.
Photo: Zimmerman

Linda's Bra Salon

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.

Canyon Beachwear

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.

Parke & Ronen

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.
Photo: Parke & Ronen

& Other Stories

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.