Ask a Geek: Where to find classic/retro swimwear in Toronto?

Norma Kamali Bill Jersey Swimsuit

Sometimes readers ask me questions. If they are of value to all my readers I post them online. If you have a question, please feel free to submit it using the contact form. I’ll definitely do my best to answer it.

I want – I got twitter follower @edlynne wrote for a friend:

Where are there good non-skanky swimwear stores in Toronto?

I replied to this query on twitter but I thought it would be good to record the answers here for everyone. First, I had to understand what non-skanky swimwear meant. I had thoughts of this person wandering into the many shops on Yonge Street that carry a variety of skankwear. I came to understand that the friend was looking for more classic/ retro swimsuit shapes.

I had the following stores in mine for more classic/retro swimwear options.

I also suggested ordering a beautiful swimsuit from Norma Kamali online. Just because they are so gorgeous and perfect.

Candice Best tweeted the following additional stores to try

swimwear: decent options with lines like Eres, Vix at Sandpiper(yorkville) + LaMerceria carries Colombia’s Touche – gorgeous cuts!

Do you have a suggestion to add?


By Anita Clarke

Anita Clarke is an Engineering Storyteller and the founder of the fashion blog “I want – I got.” She was one of the first and most prominent online fashion writers in Toronto and Canada.


  1. Excellent concise post. I love tankinis and one-pieces. I usually do all my swimwear shopping online now because trying them on in stores is too embarrassing lol. Plus I can do it in my pajamas and have everything delivered to my front door. I used to use boyshorts and such to hide my curves but they’ve really come a long way with plus size swimwear in the last 10 or so years. I like to stay pretty conservative since I’m getting a little old but some companies seem to think that plus size swimwear should only be available for older women for some reason. You rarely see plus sizes with styles for young women. Anyway, thanks for the informative post.

  2. Ilove the it looks on her. I want that bathing suit. we look like the same ize. i might be smaller.

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