Time to suit up. The season of sun-kissed skin is approaching and the hottest trends of 2012 are screaming bold colors, prints and barely-there designs. Which bathing suit is right for your debut on the sand? Check out Los Angeles’ guide to swimsuit shops, where these beach bums are in the know on all things summer.
The Beverly Hills Bikini Shop
245 S Beverly Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
An iconic landmark, The Beverly Hills Bikini Shop has been servicing LA’s beach babes and bums for more than 30 years. This bikini haven blends sophistication with fashion to offer its clientele a full-service swimwear store. There are over 20 brands to choose from including Lenny, Vitamin A and Seafolly. The service is impeccable as employees will be honest with you about how a swimsuit looks. This shop is about more than just a sale, they would rather ensure complete customer satisfaction.
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253 South Beverly Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
Carrying top-of-the-line swimwear designers including the exclusive Tori Praver, a favorite of both Jessica Alba and LeAnn Rimes, A.sweeT. started out as a candy shop. However after realizing that even the Sugar Plum Fairy wants to look sun-kissed on the beach, it transitioned into a swimwear boutique. Geared toward all of LA’s leading ladies, A.sweeT. brings customers We Are Handsome bikinis, Tori Praver one pieces and a mouth-watering assortment of sweet treats such as alphabet lollipops, Australian strawberry licorice twists, milk chocolate covered clodhoppers and an array of Jelly Belly flavors. All are served in moderation to ensure you’re not packing any extra pounds for swimsuit season.
Beach Bunny Swimwear
136 S Robertson Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90048
Known for suiting up model Kate Upton for her “Sports Illustrated” and Guess photo shoots, beach bunnies from all over SoCal flock to this bikini shop. Here you will find curve-enhancing tops and bottoms that can be mixed and matched for that perfect beach day fit. Check out the Dreamin’ of You swimsuit, featuring a sweet-as-pie eyelet ruffle trim and pink satin bow at the cleavage. Also find cute beach dresses, cover ups and tunics.
7961 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles, CA
Provoke dropping jaws and drool with Agent Provocateur’s luxury swimwear collection. The European lingerie brand dabbles in swimwear that is sexy and feminine. Look like one of your favorite divas like Carmen Electra, Paris Hilton, Lily Allen or Christina Aguilera in the Kristie Swimsuit. This can make you an instant “it” girl with styles similar to those seen in James Bond movies. If denim is your taste, choose the Zandy Bikini for a Daisy Duke-inspired bikini top with matching bottom. There is only a small selection of these stores scattered throughout North America, and L.A. is lucky to host a location.
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Parke & Ronen
8012 1/2 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90046
So much of swimwear fashion focuses on women, but what about our bathing beauty counterparts? Created by designing duo Parke Lutter and Ronen Jehezkel, Parke & Ronen swimwear is designed using high-quality fabrics that will have your man looking like a supermodel. The Catalonia style can be worn both on the beach and the boardwalk, and the Cabo is perfect for vacation or homeward bound sun. After a trip here, you’ll be the most fabulous looking couple on the beach.
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