There’s nothing like the right piece of swimwear to make you feel comfortable and confident when hitting the water. Whether you’re looking to swim at the beach or lounge by the pool, finding the right suit or bikini can be a challenge. Fortunately, Boston is filled with plenty of shops where you can find the right fit at the right price.

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Vineyard Vines
800 Boylston St.
Boston, MA 02199
(617) 927-0490

Hours: Sun – 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Mon to Sat – 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Shopping for these summer necessities for the whole family? Here you’ll find a wide variety of bathing suits for men, women, boys and girls. The employees at Vineyard Vines are friendly, allowing you to feel comfortable and and stress-free while you shop. Be sure to snap a family photo at the beach this summer while donning your Vineyard Vines finds. The store allows you to submit them to be added to their flickr stream, and if you’re really photogenic, your snapshot might even wind up in the next edition of Vineyard Vines catalog.

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100 Huntington Ave., Ste C027B
Boston, MA 02116
(857) 277-7887

Hours: Sun – 12 p.m. to 6 p.m., Mon to Sat – 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Intimacy is best known for its high-quality, well-fitting lingerie. The boutique sells bras that really fit women of all shapes and sizes, but many don’t realize that the store also carries quality swimwear. Intimacy has everything from one-pieces to bikinis to tankinis. Here’s the good news: Intimacy takes the same approach to swimwear that it does with undergarments. Trained staff members will help you find the right swimwear to fit your unique needs. That’s the difference that really sets this store apart.

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Forty Winks
56 JFK St.
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 492-9100

Hours: Sun – 12 p.m. to 6 p.m., Mon to Sat – 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Forty Winks manages to cram a lot of fashion into a relatively small and charming space. Despite the square footage, the compact boutique manages to offer an open and airy shopping experience staffed with extremely attentive and caring customer service associates. The women’s swimwear includes the latest sexy pieces from Eberjey Beach Glow like ruffled bandeau tops and sleek bikini bottoms with side-ties.

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Lady Grace Intimate Apparel
1364 Beacon St.
Brookline, MA 02446
(617) 566-8194

Hours: Mon to Sat – 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Sun – 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Lady Grace Intimate Apparel was the winner of the 2011 Massachusetts Family Business of the Year. It is another fabulous lingerie store that also carries an excellent selection of women’s swimwear, and the shop is celebrating an amazing 76 years in business. This is also a must-shop for plus-sizes; Lady Grace Intimate Apparel makes it easy to find swimwear to fit your unique taste and shape.

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Mikini is a Boston-based swimwear company that uses only Boston locals as models for its swimwear. The brand even employs a Boston photographer. Although they sell their fabulous bathing suits only online, the swimwear is completely customizable with the company’s online “bikini builder.” Choose the kind of top, bottom and pattern you want for your bikini. This nifty feature takes the stress out of swimsuit shopping by allowing you to don a bikini that you designed yourself, so there’s nothing not to love.

Tracey Parece is a bibliophile, audiophile, writer and photographer from Boston, Massachusetts. She loves slow-moving turtles, real sugar and the works of William Shakespeare. Her work can be found at