10 stylish swimsuits for every summer sport

Our bathing suit picks for every workout under the sun, from boot camp on the beach and surfing to exercising your right to relax under an umbrella.
evie-johnstone-calavera With summer comes paddle boarding, beach yoga, and kayaking. Got a swimsuit for that?

Now you do. We’ve compiled the 10 best swimsuits for every water activity imaginable—the rigorous to the languorous. (Hey, someone has to watch the beach bags, while the others swim and surf!) And most are under $100, that’s $50 less than the going rate for cute suits.

So all you have to do is sit back, relax, and let summer wash over you. —Jamie McKillop

Photo: Eviesurf.co.uk


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Screen shot 2013-06-11 at 5.03.08 PM Best for Beach Yoga: Sweaty Betty Purity Bikini

This two-piece solves the problem of what to pack for that summer yoga retreat or on a beach weekend in the Hamptons. Supportive enough for vinyasa and quick drying, you’ll feel secure throughout your flow on the sand. Plus it’s reversible, so no one will notice if you wear it to class or the pool the next day.

Top $70, www.sweatybetty.com
Bottoms $64, www.sweatybetty.com


calavera-glam_hipster-black-back Best for Surfing: Calavera Glam Twist Top Bikini

Calavera founder Anna Jerstrom exclusively designs (and tests) women’s bathing suits for surfing. The straps on the Glam Bikini function to keep your top secure while letting water flow off you (rather than filling with water, and pulling your top down). An internal drawstring and rubber lining on the bottoms create a tighter grip. Meaning, you only have to worry about catching a wave and not your bikini flying off at a surfing lesson this summer.

Top $49, www.calaveraswim.com
Bottoms $44, www.calaverswim.com


Screen shot 2013-06-11 at 5.28.58 PM Best for Swimming Laps: Speedo Shirred Racerback One Piece

Yes, swimming is one of the most effective and efficient exercises you can do for your body, but many performance suits don’t exactly provide inspiration for getting in the pool. With a shirred racerback, high-cut leg, and scoop neckline, this one piece from Speedo combines style with the functionality you’ll need to train for that tri.

$89, www.speedo.com


Screen shot 2013-06-11 at 6.40.12 PM Best for UPF Protection: Lululemon Coastal Om Bikini

With a smart swimsuit fabric that offers an UPF of 50+ (think SPF, but for fabric), Lululemon’s Coastal Om Bikini is hard-wired for a day out in the sun (with sunscreen, of course). It’s also chlorine-resistant, so it won’t dissolve after a few wears. But women bigger than a B cup be forewarned: The string top won’t cut it for you in terms of coverage and support.

Top $54, www.lululemon.com
Bottom $54, www.lululemon.com


Screen shot 2013-06-11 at 6.51.23 PM Best for Water Sports: J. Crew Polka-Dot Rash Guard

J. Crew is stocking a slew of adorable rash guards to don on the water this summer, like this ultra feminine polka dot top. Be it for surfing or paddle boarding, it’s essential for climbing on and off the board without irritating those abs you worked so hard for at barre. (It’s also a great cover up should your tummy still be a work in progress.)

$68, www.jcrew.com


JCrew Best Budget Pick: Old Navy Control Max Underwire One Piece

With molded balconette cups, built-in padding, and underwire support, this one piece from Old Navy is a chic and supportive option for low-key activities like laying on a poolside chaise. And you can’t beat the price, which costs about the same as two poolside mojitos.

$22.50, www.oldnavy.com


Screen shot 2013-06-11 at 7.07.44 PM Affordable Fashion Fave: DVF Loves Roxy Crossover Triangle Bikini

Summer decree: Every woman needs a cute suit, and it shouldn’t cost an arm and a leg. And this one, created in collaboration with fave fashion designer Diane von Furstenburg and Roxy, will save you some money for sunscreen. The collection uses DVF’s bold, signature prints for a look that’s flirty yet sophisticated.

Top $28.80, www.nordstrom.com
Bottoms $25.20, www.nordstrom.com


Screen shot 2013-06-11 at 7.14.14 PM Best for the Shallow End: Gap Bright Stripe Bikini

Not everyone works up a sweat in the water. This trendy bandeau is a perfect option for those who spend more time on a beach towel. Plus, the quick-drying fabric will keep you comfortable should you decide to go in the water for a quick cool-off dip.

Top $43, www.gap.com
Bottom $40, www.gap.com


Screen shot 2013-06-12 at 11.47.34 AM Best for Beach Sports: Prana Vero Top and Tavarua Bottom

With the aesthetics and function of a sports bra and yoga shorts, these two bathing suit pieces are ideal for active beach sports like boot camp, volleyball, or running. As an added bonus, the full coverage shorts protect your tush as you climb on and off a paddle board or in and out of a kayak. The suit can also do double duty indoors for hot yoga.

Top $49, www.prana.com
Bottoms $59, www.prana.com


Space Dye Kata Tankini - Space Dye Asphalt Best for Coverage: Athleta Space Dye Kata Tankini and Swim Shorts

This super-soft tankini and shorts set is ideal for those who want to hit the beach but don’t care to expose a whole lot of skin while they’re at it. The T-back strap allows for full range of arm motion and unhooks for easy removal (no dislocating a shoulder!), and it has removable cups. The matching swim shorts have comparable coverage to those you’d wear running and feature a drawstring for extra security.

Top $62, www.athleta.gap.com
Bottom $52, www.athleta.gap.com


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