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Seattle isn’t your classic West Coast sun spot—and that’s definitely a good thing—but we still have more than enough islands and waterways in which to enjoy a dip. And although the Seattle swim season is but a few short months, let’s not forget that hot tubs can be enjoyed year-round. Whether you decide to dedicate your summer to sun bathing, paddling, boating, or actually getting in some water, make the most of it with sweet new swimwear from one of these Seattle retailers.
Samira Crop Bikini Top and The Scene Brief Bikini Bottom, Everything But Water
Everything But Water slings a variety of swimwear, and one collection in particular focuses on a crinkle-stretch fabric, handmade in Australia with material sourced from original tubular crinkle fabric. A Samira crop bikini top in metallic gold comes in one size (fitting extra small to large), and can be converted to an asymmetrical one-strap or a halter. Though the material isn’t suitable for intense heat, aka hot tubs, saunas, steam rooms, and jacuzzis, it sure does offer a stylish cut. University Village
Toni One-Piece by Solid and Striped, Salua Lingerie
Can’t decide between a one-piece or a bikini? Go with something that offers the best of both worlds, like this bathing suit with cut-outs. From the back, it resembles a bikini; from the front, it offers coverage. At Salua Lingerie, the swimsuit also comes in ribbed fabric with comfy elastic straps. Madison Valley
Sea Level Bikini Bottoms, Nordstrom
Forget little black dress; hello little black swimsuit. These neutral bottoms are extra flattering, with a high waist and ruching around the hips.
Custom Swimwear, Decent Exposures
Decent Exposures closed its brick-and-mortar on Lake City Way after the pandemic hit, but it’s still taking custom swimwear orders on its website and over the phone. The company uses latex-free material, and offers infinite mix-and-match options, from one-pieces and tankinis to bikini tops, bra tops, and every kind of bottom, including swim shorts and high-waisted briefs.
Selkie High-Neck Bikini Top and Lehua Bikini Bottom, Title Nine
This is Seattle, after all, and what is a swimsuit if not suitable enough for water sports such as surfing, paddleboarding, and swimming? This high-neck bikini top has an adjustable tie in back with removable soft cups. Better yet, Title Nine offers several matching bottoms sold separately for mixing and matching. Greenlake
Sun Lilies Flounce One-Piece Suit, Tommy Bahama
Did someone request a swimsuit with sleeves? This one-piece from Tommy Bahama is adorable and super feminine with a flutter cap sleeve. A plunging neckline, lace-up back, and floral print gives off sweet-and-sexy vibes. And the fact that the suit offers UPF 50 protection and has the Skin Cancer Foundation Seal of Recommendation is even better.
Seea Soleil Bikini Top and Bikini Bottoms, REI
If a not-too-revealing bikini is on your shopping list, REI’s Seea Soleil line is a good place to start. Resembling a vintage cotton bikini top with high-waist bottoms, this modest option is lined and comes in a sun-protective fabric (UPF 30–50) made of 80 percent recycled polyester.
High-Neck One-Piece Swimsuit, Anthropologie
If you like pina coladas...Anthropologie has a swimsuit to fit the theme. Adjustable ties in the back and options in both regular and plus sizes make it an even more versatile option.
Bra Cup Square-Neck Bikini Top, Athleta
This sporty square-neck bikini has hidden bra cups (sizes B–DD) that offer actual support. The quick-dry material is made from long-lasting Lycra Xtra Life Spandex and recycled nylon to handle a good deal of sweating.
Frankie Four Vintage Creamsicle Retro Print, Sassafras
If your swimwear aesthetic skews more vintage, get thee to Sassafras. This store specializes in pieces by Seattle designers, including a nice selection of swimwear. This yellow-orange printed bikini is made with vintage polyester by Seattle designer Frankie Four, who updates vintage tops, dresses, and swimsuits for women (as well as custom ties and swimming trunks for men). The designer also sells swimsuits at a few other Seattle boutiques: House of Pretty Parlor, Velouria, and Monster Art and Clothing. Belltown