Vancouver indie boutiques for stylish swimwear

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While shopping for swimwear may not be everyone’s idea of a good time, it does signal the start of beach, lake and pool season or perhaps the upcoming tropical holiday you’ve booked to escape the winter doldrums. Make the experience as painless as possible at any one of these local boutiques where you’re sure to find the perfect fit. You’ll be made in the shade (or sun or water).[Photo credit: iStock.com/ gradyreese]

Anna Kosturova

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509-55 Water St, Vancouver BC V6B 1A1

Conceived and designed in her Vancouver studio and manufactured overseas by expert artisans, Anna Kosturova’s swimwear lines are exotic, sexy and one of a kind. Using crochet and tie-dyed textiles, these aren’t necessarily the most practical of bathing suits, but they look stunning while you’re sunning and are adorable paired with cut-offs and sandals while strolling the beach or hanging poolside. Her gorgeous resortwear line — tunics, maxi dresses, caftans — are also perfect summer cover-ups. Visit her online shop to place your orders.

Cuchè Bikinis

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5389 Oak St, Vancouver BC V6M 2V5

Another made-in-Vancouver swimwear designer, Cuchè makes bathing suits and bikinis that are both sporty and stylish. With many looks that provide coverage while still being playful and sexy, this line is perfect for the woman who’s not afraid to get in the water but wants to look good while doing it. Fabric in original colours like moss green, charcoal, rose and midnight blue are a far cry from over-the-top, attention-grabbing neons but will still help you to stand out on the beach in style. Check local boutiques Dream, Oliver & Lilly’s and Paradise for the Cuchè label.

Swimco

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630 Granville St, Vancouver BC V6C 1T0

The very attentive staff at this major Canadian swimwear retailer are more than happy to spend a good chunk of time with you as you — with their help — locate the perfect swimsuit. With loads of styles and brands available, as well as a huge array of accessories like cover-ups, goggles, sun hats and even waterproof weights for your aquacise sessions, you’re bound to find what you’re looking for, whether you’re planning serious laps, your next cruise or simply skipping through the sprinkler.

Heiress Swimwear

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25 66 Avenue, Langley BC V4N 5S2

Vancouver-based Heiress strives to give women a designer swimsuit experience without the designer prices. Original, strappy and seductive, these suits are not for the faint at heart — and with names like Dominatrix, Scandal and Addicted, you get a sense of the daring designs on offer. These are well-made, high quality suits in unique styles that will make you feel like a Hollywood starlet and definitely have people turning heads.

Change Of Scandinavia

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2358 Cambie St, Vancouver BC V5Z 2T8

Providing the right type of coverage for every body type, Change of Scandinavia (mostly known for its line of excellent, everyday lingerie) also creates swimwear in a huge variety of cuts, colours and patterns. Designed in Denmark, the well respected chain has two outlets in Vancouver (as well as one in Coquitlam and one in West Van) where their professional staff will measure you to accurately assess which suit will be the best fit for your unique shape. Trust those Scandinavians to provide excellent design while empowering women at the same time.

gravitypope Tailored Goods

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2203 4th Ave W, Vancouver BC V6K 1N9

This Kitsilano boutique might be known for its stellar footwear collection, but come summertime the racks are also stocked with made-in-Canada swimwear from Vancouver’s own Beth Richards. Her coveted suits feature stretchy, durable Italian fabrics and are engineered for athletic pursuits and boast 50+ UVB sun protection. And while these contemporary designs are functional enough for a wet-and-wild day out, they’re also seriously fashionable. High-waisted retro bikini bottoms, chic one-pieces with mesh cut outs, and playful patterned suits will have you looking like the belle of the beach.

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