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Where Can I Find: A Swimsuit in December?

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Turns out, the options are many.

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A woman in a striped one-piece swim suit sits on the beach Photo: Net-a-Porter

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"Wait a minute, where did I put my swimsuit?" is something I probably grumble to myself at least once a winter, usually in mid-February when the cold weather gets so old that I finally make an escape somewhere warm. This year, that time is coming a little early: I'm heading to San Diego for Christmas at my sister's house. And while I did finally find my bathing suit, it’s definitely time for an upgrade.

I know I can probably find a swimsuit in any store once I'm there, but I don't necessarily want to have to bother with it, because we've got too much else planned. So for myself and anyone else with a beachy trip on the horizon during the impending days off from work, where is the best place to shop for a bathing suit in December — and even better, one that ships fast?

Turns out, a lot of places. All the new swimwear for resort season just hit retailers at the end of November, and while they might not be on display in department stores, they're definitely available online.

For starters, Net-a-Porter has just launched a “Winter Sun Shop” pretty much expressly for this purpose, and the wider options on the rest of the site are great. The suits here are on the pricier side, but they’re gorgeous; I particularly like anything by Araks, Mikoh, Solid & Striped, Marysia, and Adriana Degreas for one-pieces. Net-a-Porter has fast, reliable shipping options (including free three-day shipping) if your flight is fast approaching. (If you’re in New York, you can even opt for same-day shipping.)

A model in a purple/pink one-piece bathing suit standing by the ocean Photo: Everything But Water

If you’d rather save your money for your actual vacation than spend it on a designer swimsuit, Missguided is an awesome option on the lower end of the price spectrum, with a few hundred styles in trendy (including some very sexy) silhouettes starting around $13 for a set.

If you want to leave no room for error on fit, check out Bikyni and L Space. Both brands offer comprehensive fit guides and sell all pieces separately so you can mix and match sizes. (And both offer expedited shipping.) For extended sizing, try Swimsuits for All, which is currently running a site-wide sale.

A model wearing a burgundy bikini
Missguided Burgundy Bikini ($32.40)
A model wearing a black strappy bikini
Missguided Double-Strap Bikini ($45)

And of course, there’s always Everything But Water, a multi-brand swim-only retailer that really lives up to its name. The site currently stocks more than 2,000 two-pieces and almost 600 one-pieces, plus coverups and anything else beach-adjacent.

If none of these shops fit the bill for you, turn to our swimsuit shopping guide, which covers every fit need and then some, and also highlights some lesser-known brands.