With the dog days of summer around the corner, it’s time to turn those dreams of summer nights into reality. Whether you’re headed to a pool bar or actually doing some swimming, make a splash this summer up in the GTA’s best swimsuit offerings, courtesy of these six shops.

The Store on Queen

The Store on Queen has one of the most interesting selections of bathers in the city. What we love is they have a little something for everyone – crochet one pieces, floral two—pieces with high waisted bottoms, black bikinis with cut-out detailing; and every suit more unique than the last. They also offer up eleven different flash tats, because what trip to a pool bar isn’t complete without flash tats? 662 Queen St W.

Image via @thestoreonqueen

Minnow Bathers

This online retailer specializes in minimalistic designs – think streamlined one-pieces and delicate rose patterns on bandeaus. They’re also stocked in a variety of boutiques across Canada. Bonus – they’re all locally made and ethically produced right here in the 6ix. Available online & at select retailers. 

Image via @minnowbathers 

Bikini Village 

After a major revamp of their stores and buying strategy, Bikini Village is making a big comeback and they’ve swum their way back into our hearts. With boutiques in malls across the GTA and an impressive online shop, they’re the most accessible store on our list. Head there to shop reasonably priced swimwear from brands like Billabong, Michael Michael Kors, Vitamin A, and their in-house line. Multiple locations.

Image via @BikiniVillage 


Upscale swimmers shop, Sandpipers, is known for stocking big name brands like Sea Folly and L Space. Prices are on the higher end, but you’re paying for top quality ‘kinis. Sandpipers also offers more conservative suits, like family-vacation-approved one pieces. 87 Yorkville Ave

Image via @sandpipersswim

Lumieres de Baialumieres-de-baia

If you’re looking for slinky styles that show off your best…features, Lumieres de Baia is the place to go.  They stock Brazilian-imported bikinis, so think minimal fabric and daring cuts, in high-voltage colors and patterns. They offer up all styles of bikinis, from thongs to string to hipkinis. Sarongs and wraps? They’ve got you covered. Well, partially covered. 486 Queen St. W. 

Image via @lumieresdebaia

High Street Fashion Stores

Wildfox’s ‘vintage inspired’ swimsuits are the go-to of the social media set, because of its lower price point and cheeky slogan suits (like a bandeau that says “Ice Cream Aficionado’). Queen West’s High Street Fashion Stores is one of the best place to stock up on Coachella-ready brands like For Love and Lemons and One Teaspoon that will have all your followers double tapping. 711 Queen St. West. 

Image via @highstreetfs

Where do you shop for swimwear in the GTA?

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