56 JFK St.
Cambridge, MA 02138
Located in the heart of Harvard Square, Forty Winks Lingerie Boutique offers some of the cutest luxury swimwear in the city. Its selection of bikinis and one-pieces is small, but highly curated, to make shopping easy and fun. This is the perfect place to get a stylish swimsuit with a unique pattern. And since it specializes in lingerie fittings, Forty Winks is a great place to go if you need help finding the right size or shape for your body type.
122 Charles St.
Boston MA, 02114
North River Outfitter is the perfect stop to find swimwear for a preppy New England summer escape. It offers great designs by brands such as Lilly Pulitzer, Vineyard Vines and Calypso. And while swimsuit shopping is probably one of the most stressful and time consuming activities for women, NRO also provides great options for men and children. You can even pick up towels, boat shoes and a cover-up to complete your summer look.
131 Charles St.
Boston, MA 02114
Just across the street from NRO, you will find Crush Boutique, which is the ultimate Boston shop for women’s wear. The seven-year-old boutique is where you can find the cutest high-end swimsuits from designers like Shoshanna and Splended Swim. The styles Crush offers are always on trend, and are sure to wow your friends. Crush also has a location on Newbury Street, which is convenient if you plan to do more summer shopping.
211 Newbury St.
Boston, MA 02116
Since it opened in 2000, Daniela Corte has provided some of the most fun swimwear in the city. This year’s selection includes tropical fruity prints, sporty stripes and an unbeatable array of cover-ups. Daniela Corte prides itself on practical, functional clothing, so this is one of the best places to get a one-piece that can handle ocean waves but still look sleek and stylish. The Newbury Street shop’s clean, minimalist feel allows for quick shopping decisions.
Boston, MA 02458
In 2010, two young Bostonians decided to help women design custom bathing suits for their body type. At MikiniBikini.com, women can choose their favorite shapes and patterns and submit their choices online. The bikinis or tankinis are then hand sewn in south Boston to meet the specifications. With this system, it’s easy to get the exact look you want without the demoralizing task of trying on bikinis in front of a mirror at a brick and mortar store. Plus, customers can rest easy knowing their purchase is supporting a small, locally-owned business.
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Cameron Bruns is the founder of BostonGreenBlog.com and co-author of Just Us Gals Boston. She lives in Boston’s North End, where her goal is to promote ethical, stylish, and sustainable lifestyle choices to all Boston residents. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.