Need swimsuits to outlast your favorite sports? For rigorous endeavors like diving, paddle boarding, surfing, and beach volleyball, women are turning to athleisure looks. They’re even making style statements beyond the water’s edge in trendy visions rivaling yoga and sports attire.
Millennials who fuse casual clothes with everything from active to tailored garments are spearheading this apparel evolution. It’s blurring the traditional lines separating ready-to-wear, activewear, and swimwear. The exciting results are driving original shapes and fabrics while expanding acceptable bathing suit and cover-up destinations.
Obviously, swimsuits must perform on sand and in water. But like fitness gear, they now also need to be functional in indoor gyms, on outdoor trails, and other gathering places. So current designs are helping women on the move avoid accidental overexposures and discomfort from bunched-up padding and chaffing. Consider these pointers when choosing sporty pieces from today’s rapidly growing active swimwear category:
Tops: Pick upper halves with adjustable straps so you can customize a tight, secure fit while maintaining neck and shoulder comfort. If you prefer bikinis, look for sports-bra construction with built-in cups and support. Skip styles with straps that can slip down onto your arms. Racerback or crisscrossed straps between shoulder blades keep tops in place.
Tankinis provide midriff coverage and prevent heavy waves and spirited lunges from forcing skimpy bikini tops to pop up above your breasts. Pass up halters that tie around your neck since they might come undone and float or blow away. To maximize comfort, avoid decorative hardware and knots that could cause irritation during repetitive movements. Surfers may prefer rash-guard tops with or without sleeves.
Bottoms: High-waisted briefs echo popular retro styling from the 1950s and ‘60s. Contemporary surfer shapes revive memories of classically curvaceous beach bunnies. Raised up to your navel, they have better chances of staying put during overexertion than tiny triangles. For a more modern appeal, choose boy shorts or swim skirts. Even bikini bottoms can be budge proof when springy fabric or elastic trim fits snuggly.
One-piece swimsuits: For the most boisterous play, try more modest styles with sewn-in straps or strapless bandeaus. Forget the embarrassment of losing separate pieces while enjoying enthusiastic adventures.