OC’s Best Shops For Beachwear

March 19, 2013 6:00 AM

(credit: Helen Jon Designs)

(credit: Helen Jon Designs)

(credit: Sol Cabana)

(credit: Sol Cabana)

The weather is heating up Summer is quickly approaching, and time to show the world what has been hiding under those jeans and oversized sweaters all winter. There is no need to feel insecure on the beach in your itsy-bitsy yellow polka-dot bikini, when designers are creating swimwear styles that flatter every woman’s luscious curves. Grab your towels, sunglasses and flip-flops and be prepared to make a fashion statement on the beach this year.

(credit: Sol Cabana)

(credit: Sol Cabana)

Sol Cabana Designer Sun Shade


The Orange County-based company has designed a unique easy set-up sun shade that will make just as big of a fashion statement as your swimwear while protecting your skin from hard UV rays. Founder Bobby Friedman designed this UV sunshade after his years traveling as a professional surfer. The shade comes in many different prints and licensed Roxy and Quicksilver styles. It comes with a large back window, two pockets for personal items and weighs less than 10 pounds. The sunshade can be purchased exclusively online at sholshop.com.

(credit: BeachCandy)

(credit: BeachCandy)

BeachCandy Swimwear

2824 East Coast Highway
Corona del Mar, CA 92625

Shine like a star while adorned in bling on the designer swimwear sold at BeachCandy. Designed by an Orange County native, Brit B., has a passion for creating stylish swimwear that every woman will confident wearing. Located right in the beach community of Corona del Mar, BeachCandy has a large selection of Swarovski crystal-embellished suits, cover-ups and custom-designed swimwear. Appointments available for private fittings the store is open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

(credit: Merrilee's Swimwear)

(credit: Merrilee’s Swimwear)

Merrilee’s Swimwear

790 South Coast Highway
Laguna Beach, CA 92651

120 Fifth Street, Suite 110
Huntington Beach, CA 92648

Find the perfect vintage-inspired swimsuit to get a Marilyn Monroe fashion style on the beach this summer. Manufacturing retro swimwear since 1977, women can find cheeky boy shorts, retro high waist and triangle style swimwear at one of their two Orange County local locations. Spending countless hours trying on hundreds of swimsuits is over as Merrilee’s will custom design a perfect swimsuit for your body at no additional charge. They can make any style in just one to two weeks. Store hours vary by location.

(credit: Helen Jon Designs)

(credit: Helen Jon Designs)

Helen Jon Designs


Two local designers are creating swimwear that will make women feel confident on the beach. The functional styles include board shorts, tunics and various mix and match combinations. The designers created this popular swimwear to complement every woman’s unique size and shape. The Helen Jon swimwear collection can be found in Orange County at the Montage Resort or online at Helenjon.com.

(credit: Chynnadolls)

(credit: Chynnadolls)


3016 W. Lincoln Ave
Anaheim, CA 92801

Find your perfect exotic beach look with Chynnadolls custom b.y.o.b (build your online bikini) service. No two women are built the same, and Chynnadolls can customize a swimsuit for all women with more than a trillion different design combinations. Custom swimwear takes two weeks for production and all sales are final. Store hours are Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.

Shelby is an Orange County Native, and is a freelance writer for multiple magazines and websites around LA and Orange County. She can be found writing daily about the hottest happenings at the OC Mom Blog or on Twitter @OCMomBlog.


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