May 16, 2019 at 05:00AM by CWC
Some people can go to the beach or pool and lay on their towel listening to music or reading a book from the early morning hours until the sun goes down. Others, (it me), need some activity mixed into their day. Whether it’s to get some exercise or to take a dip in the deep blue, for those who like to keep busy, a swimsuit’s gotta have many features to stay in my heavy rotation.
Because while a gorgeous cutout silver maillot or super frilly string bikini might work for those who like lounging with a cocktail and giant sunglasses, for those who like to keep things moving, a supportive swimsuit is more in order.
Luckily for us, swimsuits have evolved. You can now find sporty options that are as cute, sophisticated, and sexy (not a racerback in sight). There are certain elements that lend themselves to being able to do laps or throw a frisbee in. Tops that are adjustable or are longer; bottoms that have a higher rise or snug fit; and one-pieces that have risen to number one in our hearts.
In other words, when it comes to beachwear, you really can have it all. So keep on scrolling to find swimsuits that will stay put no matter what you’re up to this summer.
Long Line Top: Carve Design Sanitas Reversible Top ($56)
Prevent the dreaded top coming off in the water with a longer-lined and higher-neck style. This one also happens to be reversible making it very suitcase friendly.
Crisscross Back: Boys + Arrows Dylan Bikini Top ($160)
Adjustable, crisscross strap tops keep your top half secure whether you’re jumping into the ocean to ride a wave or swimming laps in the pool. Plus, check out that print.
Drawstring Bottom: Athleta Freestyle Camo Bottom ($59)
When you are ready to get your move on, just tighten the hidden drawstring which will keep your bottoms from escaping off of you during a backstroke.
Structured One Piece: Flagpole Babe One Piece ($450)
Underwire cups and adjustable straps make this suit one of the most wearable on the list for changing between lounging and laps, and the mod block print is just an added bonus.
High-Rise Bottom: Left On Friday Hi Tide Bottom *Party Wave ($85)
It doesn’t just give off that chic retro vibe, the hi-rise will prevent your bottom from slipping down when you do a flip turn.
Sports Bra Style Top: Seafolly DD Cup Tank Bikini Top ($118)
A scoop neck with hidden underwire is a fit for DD cups, so that you can stay supported no matter where you summer day might take you.
Halter Top: Bromelia Copacabana Bikini top and bottom (each $49)
On super hot days when your activity is more a doggy paddle than a full-on backstroke, a bikini like this one can combine lounge and play. The halter style top and thicker waist band will keep stay put in and out of the water.
Keyhole Top: Knix Peekaboo One Piece ($95)
In a surprising twist, the keyhole swimsuit doesn’t just add a cute design detail to your swimwear, it also helps allow water to flow in and out of the suit so that you don’t have to worry about your top staying up.
Long Sleeve Rashguard: Lululemon Will The Wave Long Sleeve One Piece ($128)
For those very active moments think Surfing or SUPing, this rash guard has got your back. Bonus points for being quick drying and having UPF protection to guard you from the sun’s harmful rays.
Asymmetrical Top: Summersalt The Sidestroke Bikini Top ($50)
Even with one strap, the hidden cups of this colored-blocked top will make it through rough waves during the day and chill drinks at night, when paired with a maxi skirt.
High-Neck One-Piece: Solid and Stripe The Jackie ($168)
The close-to-the-neck fit keeps you supported but the arm cutouts, grommets, and high cut leg ensure balance out the suit to make it pairable with everything from a wrap skirt to jean shorts. Multi-tasking magic is alive and well at the beach this year.