Miami is known for its aqua blue water and warm sand, so heading to the beach is without a doubt a must on your to-do list. For a perfect day out under the sun, you’ll need some key ingredients – a towel, sunblock, a lounge chair, and, of course, the perfect bathing suit.
Though you’ll be tempted to fish out your go-to piece from way back when from your closet, go ahead and try something new while you’re in town. Try a style that diverts from your standard one-piece or staple triangle top, experiment with funky fabrics and loud patterns or try a bespoke suit made just for you. From designer brands to made-to-fit tailoring, these independent boutiques offer the best swimwear Miami has to offer.
Nic Del Mar
Minutes away from the world-famous Biltmore Hotel, which has one of Miami’s best pools, Nic Del Mar is Coral Gable’s answer to boutique swimwear. The small boutique has a small-town feel and is owned by sisters Jeannette Nicole and Lyanne Marie, who are devoted to showcasing the world’s best swimwear. You’ll find pieces from renowned swimwear designers such as Mara Hoffman and Tori Praver; staples at Miami’s annual Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim shows. The store carries tunics, caftans, dresses, tops, rompers, skirts, shorts, along with jewelry and more accessories. There are also choices for children and teenagers.
The Orchid Boutique
The Orchid Boutique carries luxury swimwear designs by Badgley Mischka, L*Space, Nannette Lepore, Agua Bendita Swimwear and others. Its in-store “fashion advisors” are dedicated to making sure each woman finds a bathing suit that fits perfectly and accentuates all body types and the range of choices ensure there’s something for everyone. Though its brick and mortar location sits in the heart of South Beach, you can purchase orders directly from the boutique’s website if you want to shop in advance or scope out the latest trends and styles from home before you even step foot in Miami.
With two locations in Miami Beach and one in the Village of Merrick, this Colombian-based swimwear brand is one of the most popular in Miami and the world. The pieces all have a Latin-influence in all of the patterns and small, architectural details on each luxurious design. OndadeMar has choices for women, men, and children. Many of the designs are rustic and tribal, giving the brand an overall earthy and natural feeling.
Perhaps one of the sexiest swimwear stores in Miami, Beach Bunny is perfect for anyone looking for a young, feminine, and very form-hugging swimsuit. The store sits right on Collins Avenue and many of its fans walk directly from the store to the beach. All of the tops and bottoms are particularly colorful and are often accentuated with intricate beading and jewels. To keep its hot-DNA, the brand features prominent swimwear models in its catalog such as Chrissy Teigen and Melissa Bologna.
Curves N’ Waves
Located in downtown Coral Gables, Curves N’ Waves’ aesthetic is all in its name. The small boutique was established in 1993 and has since carried swimwear designers and casualwear designers such as Alice + Olivia and Nicole Miller. It’s unique in that it also sells long and short dresses, resort wear pieces along with cover-ups and more.
Swim N’ Sport
This store can be found across many of Miami’s neighborhoods – inside Aventura Mall, Dadeland Mall and The Falls – and offers one of the widest swimwear selections in town. It specializes in monokinis, tankinis, beach dresses, one-pieces, and pieces for a larger bust, making it easier to find something very tailored to your particular body type. Most of the brands found are popular and large such as Ralph Lauren Blue, Sperry Top-Sider, Kenneth Cole New York, and Red Carter.
Like its name suggests, Mermaids boutique is ideal for the stylish water lover. The store is located in quiet South Miami, but you can also shop for items online. Though Mermaids sells bikinis, dresses, and one-pieces, it also boasts a diverse selection of accessories. You’ll find silver skull rings, python clutches, chain link bracelets, colorful studs, straw fedoras, sunglasses, and patterned handbags.
Steps away from the pool of the gorgeous Fontainebleau, Aquamarine is ideal for finding the perfect bathing suit to lounge and swim in. The boutique carries luxurious pieces by brands such as Etro, Eres, Thom Browne, La Perla, and Vilebrequin and offers swimwear for men, women, and children. Its interior is bright, colorful, and chic and puts you in the beach-going mood.
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