Top 6 stores to shop for swimwear in Atlanta

With "Hotlanta" just around the corner, swimsuit season is in full swing. From big box retailers to local Atlanta boutiques, we've got you covered in this season's most coveted swimwear.

The Shops at Buckhead

The Shops at Buckhead is the place to be for those with higher end swim needs. Starting at La Perla, home to luxury intimates, our top pick for the season would be the Anchor Non-Wired Swimsuit. This one-piece suit comes in silver or gold, has a detachable bandeau bra and is uniquely shaped like an anchor. At $1,694 a pop, this swimsuit better get worn through the afterlife.

La Perla Boutique, 3065 Peachtree Rd NE, Suite B214, Atlanta. 404-816-6052, www.laperla.com.

The next stop in this luxury shopping plaza is Vilebrequin, a swimwear destination for the whole family. Vilebrequin is your one-stop shop for bikinis, one-pieces, cover-ups and resort wear. For men, a solid pair of trunks goes a long way, such as this Superflex Swimming Costume for $320. Ladies, if you're in the market for a tropical swim set, this Toucans top and bottom for $140 each should do the trick.

Vilebrequin Atlanta, 262 Buckhead Ave., C304, Atlanta. 404-816-2844, www.vilebrequin.com.

Phipps Plaza

Keeping luxury in mind, Phipps Plaza's hidden swimwear gem goes by the name of Everything But Water. This boutique sells beach cover-ups, swimwear, resort wear, hats, footwear, jewelry and even sections for plus-sized or busty women. This store has pretty much everything you need for your tropical getaway or your day trip to Tybee or St. Simon's Island. We love this gorgeous maxi dress as this season's perfect cover-up, and at $165 it doesn't create as severe a dent in your wallet compared to other Phipps Plaza stores.

Phipps Plaza, 3500 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta. 678-248-5215, www.everythingbutwater.com

Westside Provisions

For the more eclectic swimmer, the Westside Provisions shopping district houses Calypso St. Barth, a resort-wear boutique and luxury lifestyle brand. Calypso St. Barth is for the lover of travel and all things exotic. The store's style is a more grown-up version of Free People and Anthropologie. Our pick is the Paolita Mayflower String Bikini top and bottom for $115 each.

Westside Provisions District, 1170 Howell Mill Road, Suite 3, Atlanta. 404-685-8886, www.calypsostbarth.com.

Lenox Square Mall

Moving on to more widespread retailers, Victoria's Secret is known for its sexy swimwear. With the swim season finally rearing its head, there will definitely be deals upon deals in store and online for their swimwear. Being a lingerie retailer, Victoria Secret will showcase tops based on bra sizes as well as the regular S/M/L selections. You can mix and match bikini separates starting at $20 a pop or go for a one-piece or tankini for a bit more coverage. If you're looking for something more youthful and fun, the VS sister brand PINK has flirty prints, bright colors and flattering cuts.

Lenox Square Mall, 3393 Peachtree Road, Atlanta. 404-365-8860, www.victoriassecret.com.

For the teen and/or 20-something, British high street brand Topshop will have what you're looking for. From fun one-pieces such as this Stripe Mesh Cutout Swimsuit ($60) to this Eyelet One Shoulder Bikini set ($64), Topshop runs the gamut of youthful silhouettes and funky prints to keep swim season trendy and fresh.

Lenox Square Mall, 3393 Peachtree Road, Atlanta. 404-920-5963, www.topshop.com.