Shop for beachwear all year round in Toronto

So you’ve decided to book a last-minute trip to the Caribbean, but have absolutely no beachwear-appropriate attire. Your bikini is old and worn out, and your summer clothes are so last year. Where in the world are you going to find sundresses, bikinis, and sandals all year round? Try these Toronto boutiques that carry beachwear from the peak of summer to the dead of winter. [Photo courtesy of 6 By Gee Beauty]

Tommy Bahama

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2486 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4P 2H5

No matter the season, walking into Tommy Bahama will make you feel like you’re in the tropics. This international brand is devoted to luxury and upscale beachwear, from swimwear to clothes and accessories for both men and women. If you’re looking for a proper cruise-to-the-Caribbean outfit, then you’ll want to check out this Yonge and Eglinton store. Shop sun hats, sunglasses, sundresses, polos, linen shirts and pants, swimwear, fragrances, sandals and more. Tip: Some of their patterns are designed in both clothing and swimwear, so you can match to a tee for an ultra elegant look.

Free People

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25 The West Mall, Etobicoke, ON M9C 1B8

Free People carries seasonal wear, but thanks to their carefree, bohemian nature, you can often spot versatile pieces that work for the tropics. Check the party dress shop at this Sherway Gardens location for maxi and short dresses – perfect for à la carte dinners. Head to the intimate-wear section to find slip dresses and shorts appropriate for a day on the beach, and camis and bodysuits that can be tucked into high-waisted shorts or skirts. You can also find statement jewellery and accessories – like fringe and embellished metal belts – to style with maxi skirts, dresses and rompers.

Avec Plaisir

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136 Cumberland St, Toronto, ON M5R 1A6

If you often have a hard time finding the perfect-sized swimsuit for your figure, then Avec Plaisir may be the place for you. This fine lingerie and swimwear boutique in Yorkville is all about providing precise fittings. They’re very particular about which brands they choose to carry and their staff is trained to help you find the right swimwear to suit your physique. They carry European labels like the form flattering Eres and the luxurious Gottex, which has a Contour line of swimwear designed for a curvy bod. You’ll find beach dresses and cover-ups here as well.

6 By Gee Beauty

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6 Roxborough St W, Toronto, ON M5R 1T8

If you’re a sucker for e-shopping (like me) and often find yourself browsing Net-a-Porter, Revolve Clothing, and Shopbop – drooling over designer collections – I have a solution to those dreadful shipping and custom fees: 6 By Gee Beauty. This Rosedale boutique apothecary has those resort gems you’ve been online crushing. Look hot while snorkeling in the Lisa Marie Fernandez light-blue halter-neck swimsuit. Store beachwear essentials in tropical print pouches by Samudra. Or, shop other sun-kissed attires by Surf Bazaar and Basta Surf, goddess-like footwear by Ancient Greek Sandals, and stellar sunglasses by Illesteva, plus beach bags and hats.

Island View - A Lilly Pulitzer Signature Store

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181 Lakeshore Rd E, Oakville, ON L6J 1H5

If you’re looking for something really different, then you’ll want to make the drive to this Oakville boutique. Island View, a Lilly Pulitzer signature store, is a resort-wear concept shop for women and girls. They carry dresses, tops, shorts, rompers, jumpsuits, and accessories like beach totes and sunglasses, that come in fun, vibrant colours and patterns (think 70s disco). This location also provides seasonal wear (for those who want to keep the beach-happy vibes going throughout fall and winter, too). And, the absolute best part about Lilly Pulitzer is that the brand designs mother and daughter matching outfits (how cute!).

SHAN

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38 Avenue Rd, Toronto, ON M5R 2G2

Founded by renowned fashion designer Chantal Levesque, Shan is a Canadian swim and resort boutique specializing in high-end couture for both men and women. This is the place to shop for that runway-type of luxurious beachwear. Shop for beautiful one-piece swimwear, like the Georgia, an animal-inspired print with a touch of suede fringe detailing (Psst: it also comes with a matching silk tunic). Or, go for something fun and flirty like the Amanda, a checkered pattern balconette bikini top and high-waisted bottoms. Their ready-to-wear men’s resort pieces are classy and minimalist, with classic-cut shorts and polo shirts.

Zumel & Co

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863 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6J 1G4

Located across Trinity Bellwoods Park, Zumel & Co attracts young fashionistas looking for trendy pieces at affordable prices (around $50 to $150). Starting January, they begin to bring out their spring and summer styles, just in time for your winter getaway. This boutique stocks tons of colourful attire and resort wear (check out their ESCAPE collection), like floral and printed dresses. You’ll also find rompers, bodycon dresses, jumpsuits, tops, shorts and sunhats that’ll have your suitcase beach ready. Some trendy items include midi pleated skirts, cutout jumpsuits and dresses, and flare-sleeved dresses and tops.

ERES

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126 Cumberland St, Toronto, ON M5R 1A6

Parisian designer Eres’ minimalist approach to lingerie and swimwear is a welcome sight to Yorkville’s high-end shopping district. Their designs are inspired by the woman’s form and their pieces fit like “second skin.” You won’t find any paddings or wirings in their swimsuits – they’ve used special material to design them in a way that doesn’t require extra support to provide support. Shop here for luxurious bikinis and one-pieces. They may look basic on the racks, but once you try them on, you’ll see that they’re truly exquisite. Their swimwear prices range from $300 to $700.

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