Despite what the song tries to convince us of, the itsy bitsy, teeny weenie, yellow polka dot bikini isn’t for everyone. With beach season comes the unrelenting search for a two-piece that can be confidently worn in public. Women have bodies and preferences that are far from one-size-fits-all, making the search for the perfect bikini a daunting task.
Too much coverage, not enough, fits in one place, falls off of the other, one frustration after another. Fear not, bathing beauties. At one of these local boutiques, the perfect bikini is waiting just for you. It will fit, it will flatter and it will make you feel like doing cartwheels in the sand. And to sweeten the pot, the customer service is spectacular. Let’s dare to bare some skin this summer, shall we?
Beach Bunny Swimwear
136 S. Robertson Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90048
Created by a former swimsuit model turned designer, the Beach Bunny Swimwear line is super glam and most importantly, flattering. These bikinis are what you wear when you want to look and feel smoking hot in a classy way. Sexy cuts, lingerie-inspired styles and other fun looks are what you’ll find at this trendsetting store.
Customers love the professional and unpretentious vibe of the staff, always a breath of fresh air, especially when shopping for the perfect bikini. They are highly knowledgeable and can help you pick out the perfect suit that will bring out the beach bunny in you.
7922 W 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90048
The owner (and namesake of this beloved boutique) is the woman behind the custom-made swimwear tailored specifically for each body that enters. Although it sounds expensive (and rightfully so), customers are pleasantly surprised to hear that Palmela’s prices are competitive to that of off-the-rack boutiques. Her style skills run the gamut from conservative to ultra-sexy, and with a selection of so many quality fabrics to choose from, it’ll make your head spin.
This unique shop is a godsend for women who, like most, fail to find a swimsuit that works straight off the rack. Clients flock to her with the confidence that the finished product will fit like a glove and make them feel their best wearing it. To get started, set up an appointment to consult with her in her animal-friendly studio (she is a big supporter of rescues). After a few questions to determine what you’re looking for, her expert eyes are already at work figuring out what will be most flattering for your body type. Once you get the style down, the next things to pick are cut, size, color and fabric. And sooner than you know it, you’ve got a custom bikini to call your own. Clients adore her warm demeanor, stellar service and impeccable attention to detail.
8533 Sunset Blvd, Suite 101
West Hollywood, CA 90069
Within this fabulous boutique you’ll discover swimwear from Latin America, in addition to lingerie and lifestyle products from around the globe (some of which are unavailable in other LA-based stores). Some favorite and hard-to-find swimwear lines to check out include Maaji, Agua Bendita, Saha, and Touché (all of which are from Columbia), Vix and Clube Bossa (both from Brazil).
The fact that everything in the store is beautiful is no coincidence; goods have been selected for their creative design and unmatched quality. In addition, almost every brand they carry has a strong social and environmental significance that focuses on helping local communities. The passionate staff will help you find what you’re looking for as well as what might work even better based on what you discover. However it ends up, you will truly find a bikini to suit every style preference and budget.
While most guys know that the oldest family-owned and operated surf/skate/snowboard shop in the world is the go-to spot for surf and skate gear, it is a lesser known to the ladies for its modestly priced yet punch-packing bikini section. Here, you will find the brands you’d expect, like Roxy, Quicksilver and Billabong, but you’ll also find some fashion forward brands like the ever-popular L Space. The nice thing about their surf brands is that the selection is thoughtful; you’ll find styles that have more of a stylish edge than their surf shop counterparts. You’ll also appreciate the laid back atmosphere and friendly, unobtrusive service.
The Beverly Hills Bikini Shop
245 S Beverly Dr
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
As a shop that has been around for more than three decades, you can safely assume they’ve witnessed the evolution of the two-piece swimsuit, as we know it. It’s a cute little boutique of tops and bottoms sold as separates, so you can mix-and-match pieces instead of resorting to limited-sized sets. They even carry small local lines, such as the ultra cute Lolli Swim. Customers truly appreciate the pleasant and helpful staff (often a rarity when shopping in this zip code), so it’s no wonder why they’ve managed to stay open for all these years.
Joy Bitonio has the phrase “Joie de Vivre” tattooed on her shoulder, a reminder to enjoy life every single day. She has a voracious appetite for fun, adventure, food, good cocktails and works out like a madwoman to keep it all together. Check out her other articles on CBS L.A. She also covers fitness on Examiner. Follow her on Twitter.