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Eight Stores to Find the Perfect Bikini

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Whether you're planning a tropical getaway or a trip to the snow, a swimsuit (or suits) is a travel essential for those clearwater snorkeling adventures or that après-ski dip into the hot tub. The trends for this year's resort season include loud prints (Mara Hoffman was inspired by India and Nanette Lepore by Morocco), one pieces with laser cutouts, and embellishments (like fringe)—although not all at once. Decide on your swimwear needs in advance (active? lounging? surf-appropriate?) then head out to one of these stores to find the perfect match for you and your upcoming vacay. Or, better yet, let the suit decide the fate of your holiday adventure.


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1. Patagonia

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770 N Point St
San Francisco, CA 94109
(415) 771-2050
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Patagonia swimwear keeps performance in mind. Although not the most fashion-forward cuts, the cross-back tops will never make your neck ache.

2. Barneys New York, San Francisco

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77 O'Farrell Street
San Francisco, CA 94108
(415) 268-3500
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Barneys remains to be the only S.F. retailer to carry MIKOH, a Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue staple, started by two sisters (one of which is Kelly Slater's longtime girlfriend). Splurge on this season's suits and again on next year's neoprene ones.

3. Tory Burch

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50 Maiden Lane
San Francisco, CA 94108
(415) 398-1525
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Don't let the preppy vibes fool you: Tory Burch is a total surfer girl at heart. And her swimwear line includes rashguards, surf tanks, and caftans, which are sure to inspire a tropical getaway.

4. BCBG Max Azria

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170 O'Farrell Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
Lately, it seems as though anything and everything touched by Max and Lubov Azria turns to gold — and swimwear is no exception. The BCBGeneration swimsuits come in colorful prints with relatively demure coverage.

5. Quiksilver

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207 Powell St
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 956-3713
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A perennial favorite for the tween set, Roxy swimwear is also suitable for a (slightly) older crowd. And this season's fringe tankinis can also double as the perfect festival crop top.

6. Sports Basement

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1590 Bryant St
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 575-3000
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If watersports are on the vacay agenda, then head to Sports Basement to find the most comprehensive selection of athletic swimwear. It's also the one-stop shop for caps, goggles, and other swimming paraphernalia.

7. Waterlilies

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3440 Sacramento Street
San Francisco, CA 94115
Find Mara Hoffman's bright and cheery swimwear (that was the talk of Miami Swim Week) at this Presidio Heights boutique. There's also an extensive selection of luxe brands like Jean Paul Gaultier, Eres, Etro and more.

8. Mollusk Surf Shop

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4500 Irving Street
San Francisco, CA 94122
(415) 564-6300
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Mollusk is the surf shop for the soul surfer, selling surfboards and gear for the true surfing enthusiast. Visit this shop for beautifully cut swimwear from the chic, California brand Seea.

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1. Patagonia

770 N Point St, San Francisco, CA 94109
Patagonia swimwear keeps performance in mind. Although not the most fashion-forward cuts, the cross-back tops will never make your neck ache.
770 N Point St
San Francisco, CA 94109

2. Barneys New York, San Francisco

77 O'Farrell Street, San Francisco, CA 94108
Barneys remains to be the only S.F. retailer to carry MIKOH, a Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue staple, started by two sisters (one of which is Kelly Slater's longtime girlfriend). Splurge on this season's suits and again on next year's neoprene ones.
77 O'Farrell Street
San Francisco, CA 94108

3. Tory Burch

50 Maiden Lane, San Francisco, CA 94108
Don't let the preppy vibes fool you: Tory Burch is a total surfer girl at heart. And her swimwear line includes rashguards, surf tanks, and caftans, which are sure to inspire a tropical getaway.
50 Maiden Lane
San Francisco, CA 94108

4. BCBG Max Azria

170 O'Farrell Street, San Francisco, CA 94102
Lately, it seems as though anything and everything touched by Max and Lubov Azria turns to gold — and swimwear is no exception. The BCBGeneration swimsuits come in colorful prints with relatively demure coverage.
170 O'Farrell Street
San Francisco, CA 94102

5. Quiksilver

207 Powell St, San Francisco, CA 94102
A perennial favorite for the tween set, Roxy swimwear is also suitable for a (slightly) older crowd. And this season's fringe tankinis can also double as the perfect festival crop top.
207 Powell St
San Francisco, CA 94102

6. Sports Basement

1590 Bryant St, San Francisco, CA 94103
If watersports are on the vacay agenda, then head to Sports Basement to find the most comprehensive selection of athletic swimwear. It's also the one-stop shop for caps, goggles, and other swimming paraphernalia.
1590 Bryant St
San Francisco, CA 94103

7. Waterlilies

3440 Sacramento Street, San Francisco, CA 94115
Find Mara Hoffman's bright and cheery swimwear (that was the talk of Miami Swim Week) at this Presidio Heights boutique. There's also an extensive selection of luxe brands like Jean Paul Gaultier, Eres, Etro and more.
3440 Sacramento Street
San Francisco, CA 94115

8. Mollusk Surf Shop

4500 Irving Street, San Francisco, CA 94122
Mollusk is the surf shop for the soul surfer, selling surfboards and gear for the true surfing enthusiast. Visit this shop for beautifully cut swimwear from the chic, California brand Seea.
4500 Irving Street
San Francisco, CA 94122