Five places to buy a swimsuit 

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Jonathan Boncek

Body Builders, by the very nature of their buff physicality, have the beach bods of the gods. And we say that not just because it rhymes, but because it's totally true. If you want to be like them, hit the weights, down your protein shakes, and visit the following Charleston shops.

Red Rose Vintage Mobile Shop

Red Rose Vintage is a mobile fashion store dedicated to bringing old styles back to life. Vintage is a fashion movement that will never go out of style, and depending on the purchase, can be perfect for penny-pinchers. Red Rose offers a variety of swimwear styles, from tasteful one-pieces to ultra-flattering bikinis.

Las Olas

Founded in Charleston in 2007, Las Olas Surf Shop has been a popular swimwear destination for tourists and locals alike. Customers can choose from a variety of styles perfect for a variety summer activities, whether it's tanning on the beach, surfing, or lounging poolside. Las Olas caters to both men and women and offers much more than just swim gear: clothes, bags, hats, flash tattoos, socks, and watches are also available.

507 King St. Downtown

King Street's Channels boutique carries clothes and beachwear for both men and women. Whether you're a beach bum or southern belle, Channels' has something for every style.


Russell and Caroline Robson opened Drift boutique out of a passion for travel, and the Robsons incorporate items from their adventures in their store. They carry select brands from Australia, Hawaii, and California that can't be found anywhere else in the Lowcountry. Featured lines include TOR Jewelry and Citrine Swim, with Caroline Robson as one of the designers.

MOSA Boutique

Looking for an unusual experience somewhere between shopping and lounging? MOSA's in-store bar, dartboard, flat screen TV, and comfortable seating let shoppers relax while scanning their selection of apparel. MOSA offers classics looks with a modern twist, and who doesn't love pairing shopping with mimosas?

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