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Top Stores For Swimsuits In Connecticut

May 20, 2014 8:00 AM

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We all deserve a new swimsuit to celebrate the warm weather. After the long cold winter, putting on a swimsuit and soaking up the sun sounds like a fantastic idea. You can almost smell the coconut oil and sunscreen. A suit that fits well and looks good should be at the top of your list. Then, throw on a cover-up for after swimming and you are on to the next activity. The list below has suits for the entire family…even swimwear diapers for baby.
Seasonal Outfitters
15 Roosevelt Ave.
Mystic, CT 06355
(860) 536-0780
www.seasonaloutfitters.net

Seasonal Outfitters is the place to shop for name brand swimwear. The business started in 2009 because there wasn’t anywhere to purchase a bathing suit in the area. You can find bikinis, tankinis, one piece, trunks, board shorts, cover-ups and designer tunics for men, women and children. During the winter, resort and cruise wear is also available. The store also sells casual women’s fashion, footwear and accessories. You can special order for the correct size. Free gift wrapping is included.

Soleil Toile Fine Lingerie and Swimwear
14 Post Road E.
Westport, CT 06880
(203) 454-8688
www.soleiltoile.com

The shop opened in 1990 with owners Marilynn Lipton Blotner and her daughter Stacey Lipton Schumer. In 2012, it was voted best swimwear of the gold coast. You will find an extensive selection of swimwear all year long for sizes from petite to plus size. There is a full selection of swimwear and coordinating resort wear and accessories. The bathing suit collection includes designer name brands. Need help with the right fit for your shape? A complimentary fitting is provided.

Letarte Swimwear
369b Greenwich Ave.
Greenwich, CT 06830
(203) 992-4377
www.letarteswimwear.com

Sisters Lisa Letarte Cabrinha and Michele Letarte Ross sell their signature trademarked prints in swimwear, coordinating cover-ups and sportswear. If you like the Sports Illustrated swimwear issue, you can find the suits here. Bikinis, one pieces, long-sleeved tankinis and bandeaus are here to browse. Poncho tunic dresses, Bohemian tops, beach robes, crochet tops and shorts, maxi dresses and a variety of other apres soleil (after sun) beachwear cover-ups are available.

Contessa
66 La Salle Road
West Hartford, CT 06051
(860) 236-5380
www.contessacorset.com

This shop has been in existence since 1957. Start your visit to Contessa with a fitting to make sure you will be wearing the correct size top. You will find professional, sensitive and confidential staff, says Maria Colasacco. This is the place to shop for special needs and pre- and post-mastectomy beach wear.

Cornerstone Aquatics Center
55 Buena Vista Road
West Hartford, CT 06107
(860) 521-3242
www.swimcornerstone.com

The Cornerstone Aquatics Center is a place for swimming fitness, recreation and instruction. It also has a swim shop in the lobby open all year round. You will find competitve and recreational swimwear for men, women, children and babies. Accessories like swim caps, swimming diapers, goggles and water fitness equipment are available. Want to have a swim birthday party before summer? It can be arranged with the Cornerstone Splash Specialist.

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