Hotter months bring a time of sunshine and fun activities outdoors, and many of them take place in the water. There are plenty of fantastic aquatic adventures for you to partake in while having some fun in the sun. Maybe you are like relaxing by the ocean, or hopping on a boat and going tubing. Or if you are feeling adventurous next summer, you may even have a few surf lessons lined up. Whatever you love to do, you will definitely want swimwear that not only looks great but feels comfortable and is durable. To help get you started on finding the perfect pair of board shorts, swim trunks or bikini, we have done the research and put together a list of swimwear that we are sure you are going to love.
- TYR DURAFIT ELITE DIAMONDBACK
- COLUMBIA MEN’S WHIDBEY II HYBRID
- KANU SURF MEN’S HAVANA
- MOLLYGAN PLUS SIZE
- COASTAL BLUE WOMEN’S SWIMWEAR
- ALKI’I MEN’S HYBRID BOARD SHORTS
- ATTRACO WOMEN’S SOLID PRO
- ZERACA WOMAN’S SPORT RACER
- SPEEDO MEN’S MARINA CORE
- AKULA MEN’S SHORTS SWIM TRUNKS
- Criteria Used for Evaluation
- Other Factors to Consider
- Frequently Asked Questions
Top 10 Picks
1. TYR DURAFIT ELITE DIAMONDBACK
- Material is strong and durable
- Resists damage from chlorine, sand, sun, etc
- Can run a little small
Here is a swimsuit that not only looks great, but will also stay put while you swim laps, paddle board, or play beach volleyball. To find out more about what makes this TYR Durafast Elite Diamondfit Workout Bikini our number one, read through the details below.Read more
This swimsuit is made of both polyester and spandex. This means that it will be flexible enough to keep you comfortable, but the fabric is still firm enough to keep you supported. The lining has antimicrobial qualities, so that your bathing suit doesn't end up smelling of becoming unusable.
In order to ensure that this suit has you feeling as comfortable and in place as possible, it is fully lined throughout. And for those who seek to spend their days outdoors, this two piece has UV protection of 50+.
The range of motion offered in this suit is fantastic and is 360 degrees, so that you can dive for a volley ball, prep your stance for the next big wave, or reach for that extra far away icy cold drink you've been eyeing.
Because this suit is made with quality materials, it is very durable and offers about 300 hours of use. And not only is this swimsuit fully functional, it looks great too. It comes in various colors, so you have your pick of the litter when it comes to choosing an option that looks great.
2. COLUMBIA MEN’S WHIDBEY II HYBRID
- Easy to care for
- Quick Drying
- Easily adjustable with drawstring
- Runs a bit large in the thigh area.
If you’re looking for a pair of swim shorts that is not only comfortable enough to wear just about anywhere, but also stands up to the rigors of life in and out of the water, the Columbia Men’s Whidbey II Hybrid Water Swim Shorts may just be what you’re looking for.Read more
Fit and Size
Although this swimwear tends to run a little large in the thigh area, the waist band is often true to form, and also easily adjustable with a classic drawstring tie. There is plenty of room for the “family jewels” and the swimwear has found a great balance between fit and flexibility for when swimming beneath the waves is on the agenda.
The material is quick drying, and offers superior protection when it come to the sun with nearly 50 UPF protection. Comprised of a polyester interior with a smooth nylon lining, these shorts are quick to dry and offer a great feeling against the skin.
One of the great things about this swimwear entry is that they hardly look like swimwear at all. Many customers have chosen to wear them into public places, work at a landscaping job, or do work around the house in these shorts, and no one has been the wiser about the fact that they are actually wearing swimwear.
These swim shorts are priced differently depending on the size and color desired, but for the most part they are an economical choice, even for those on a tight budget. Their classic design and strong material and workmanship prove that you don’t always have to spend a lot to get more than you expect.
Ease of Care
With the nylon shell and polyester interior, these swim shorts can easily be thrown into the washer during your normal load without any real trouble. About the only annoyance that has been encountered is sometimes the drawstring will break with frequent washings.
The Columbia Men’s Whidbey II Hybrid Water Swim Short has found the balance between practicality, comfort and fashion to become one of the best swimwear pieces for men on the market today.
3. KANU SURF MEN’S HAVANA
- Elastic waist for comfortable fit
- Classic styling
- Mesh liner may run a little small.
Sporting the classic look and a comfortable elastic waistband, this entry onto our swimwear list is a great choice for those times when having fun in the sun is on the agenda.Read more
Fit and Size
The Kanu Surf Men’s Havana Swim Trunk sports between a 7 inch and 9 inch inseam, and an elastic waist that makes it easy to fit comfortably around your waist. One potential drawback is that the mesh liner may run a little small.
This suit is made of 100% polyester, and the seams are well stitched and hold together well, even through multiple uses.
Available in a wide selection of colors, these classic swim trunks have a few added features that make them that much more appealing. For starters, the swim trunks have both side-seam and side cargo pockets, so you can easily go from a walk on the boardwalk to a dip in the pool without too much of a problem. The look is both classic and modern, and flatters nearly every body type.
Similar to the other men’s swimwear on this list, these trunks are a great choice for those who demand quality even at a lower price.
Ease of Care
The polyester material make these shorts extremely easy to care for, just throw in the wash cycle with your regular clothes, and go from there. What could be easier?
If you’re looking for a great suit that has a great mixture of fashion, function, and comfort, the Kanu Surf’s Men’s Havana Swim Trunks is a fantastic choice.
4. MOLLYGAN PLUS SIZE
- Highly fashionable
- Easily adjusted for a great fit
- Flattering to a body with curves
- May run slightly small.
This swimsuit is a great choice for those women who have a fuller figure and demand high quality, a great look and comfort.Read more
Fit and Size
This swimsuit is designed to make sure that it not only fits correctly on bodies that have a bit more curves than what is often seen on the runways. Elastic material helps comfortably highlight the generous nature of a fuller figured body, and the adjustable shoulder straps make it easy to make sure the suit fits in the most flattering way. Add to that a very supportive under wire system, it’s hard to find a more comfortable, or attractive swimsuit. While it has been known to run a little small, the overall fit is true to form the majority of the time.
Made from water resistant polyester fibers, the fabric of this swimsuit is quick drying, rinses off easily, and provides a great deal of all day comfort, both in and out of the water.
Unlike some other “fashionable” plus sized swimwear on the market, this suit actually does flatter a plus size body, easily highlighting the good points and minimizing the problem areas.
While this swimwear might cost a little bit more than other examples, it is still within the price range of most quality clothes.
Ease of Care
Like many swimsuits on this list, this one piece is easily cared for with the use of a washing machine and dryer. Simply use, rinse it off, wash it, dry it, and repeat as needed.
Plus size women often have to search long and hard for well-fitting and flattering swimwear. While this suit is not perfect, it is certainly a welcomed step in the right direction
5. COASTAL BLUE WOMEN’S SWIMWEAR
- Classic look
- Fabric that stretches and tucks in all the right ways
- Suit needs to be hand washed.
If you’re looking for a classy, yet sultry look in a swimsuit that fits well enough for you to brave the waves, this swimwear is a fantastic choice.Read more
Fit and Size
This is one suit that is designed to fit like a glove and to be flattering in all the right ways. It has been reported to be true to size nearly 82% of the time, which is rather astounding given all the variables involved. Add to that the shelf bra with flat lock cups, adjustable straps, and a tummy controlling panel, it’s easy to get a great fit.
Created through a combination of nylon, spandex, and polyester, this suit is designed to not only stretch and flatter the body but also to provide a great comfortable fit.
Hearkening back to the sirens of the 1940s and 1950s in style and substance, this swimwear follows the adage that “everything old is new again”. However, this suit also has given a great modern update to the look, bringing out it’s timeless fashion with ease.
The swimwear option in this entry is moderately priced, and is easy to afford for most budgets. While it isn’t the most budget friendly option on the market, it is certainly a great choice given the quality and comfort that you’ll find.
Ease of Care
One of the main drawbacks of this swimsuit is the fact that it should be washed by hand.
If you’re looking for great swimwear that is not only comfortable, but also helps you to tuck and lift in all the right places, the Coastal Blue Women’s Swimwear Classic Center Front-Twist One Piece Swimsuit is a great choice.
6. ALKI’I MEN’S HYBRID BOARD SHORTS
- Very affordable
- Easy care
- Vibrant Color and Fashion
- Faux drawstring may not draw far enough for a good fit
- May run a bit small
While these shorts may be a bit outspoken for some, there is no denying their overall comfort and durability when it comes to hitting the waves. The Alki’i Men’s Hybrid Board shorts with mesh lining- Isla Palms is a great example of what happens when swimwear meets fashion forward thinking.Read more
Fit and Size
These board shorts offer a 10.5 inch inseam and a wide array of sizes, ranging between small and 2XL, which has a 38 to 40 inch wist. It has been shown to be true to size the most of the time, and a Velcro fly and faux drawstring allow for a more finite adjustment as needed.
The material used is tightly woven and smooth, and allows for plenty of movement where wanted and support where needed. Not only is it comfortable against the skin, but it easily holds up to multiple uses and washings.
The island palms and bright colors on this swimwear allows you to shout the fact that you’re having fun at the beach without saying a single word. While it may not be appealing to everyone for those who have felt the island call, it will be unmistakable.
This is truly one of the most affordable examples of men’s swimwear on this list, and with good reason. Not only is the quality top-notch, but the price is one that will keep your wallet full and happy.
Ease of Care
A simple rinse and wash in cold water is more than enough to keep these board shorts in top condition. After all, why take more time away from the surf than you have to?
The Alki’i Men’s Hybrid Board shorts with mesh lining is a great choice for those who have a vibrant fashion sense, and the need for great comfort and practicality.
7. ATTRACO WOMEN’S SOLID PRO
- Athletic styling makes swimming fun
- Very affordable price
- Easy care.
- No lining
- May run a bit small
If you’re looking for a great swimsuit that will keep you going for hours in the pool or among the waves, the Attraco Women’s Solid Pro One Piece Athletic Sports Racing Swimsuit is a fantastic choice. Designed with the serious swimmer in mind, it’s a great combination of form, function, fashion, and comfort.Read more
Fit and Size
This swimsuit is true to fit an impressive 82% of the time, and has been reported to stretch easily and adjust as the body moves through the water. While it has also been reported to run a little small, the overall comfort and flexibility of this swimwear is hard to match.
Made from a combination of nylon, spandex, and polyester, this swimwear is fairly easy to put on and take off, although the lack of lining can be a bit problematic, especially for those who are worried about their nipples showing.
This swimwear is designed for an athletic swimmer, and allows for a great, full range of motion in the arms and legs with the criss cross back. It has a classic look, but may not be truly flattering on all body types, especially those who have a fuller figure.
While it isn’t the most budget friendly women’s swimwear on this list, it is reasonably priced, considering that it could last quite a few seasons with proper care.
Ease of Care
Depending on how and where you swim, a quick rinse and wash in cool or warm water may be all you need to do to keep this swimsuit in top condition.
Designed with the discerning athlete in mind this swimsuit is a great example of what happens when fashion and function merge. The results are a classic look with a truly functional style.
8. ZERACA WOMAN’S SPORT RACER
- Fully lined suit
- Athletic designed, perfect for those who want to stay in shape
- Very reasonable cost
- Runs a bit small most of the time
- Needs to be hand washed.
Designed with the athletic woman in mind, this swimwear is a great choice for those who enjoy taking a swim in the great outdoors and the pool in equal measure.Read more
Fit and Size
This swimwear usually runs a bit on the small size, but has been known to be true to size approximately 62% of the time. While it does come in a wide range of sizes, the fit and structure of the swimsuit is geared more towards those of an athletic or thin overall build.
Created from a combination of polyester and elastane, this swimsuit is of good quality, and only shows wear and tear with frequent use in a chlorine rich environment, such as a pool However, with proper care, the fabric should last through many seasons of swimming and enjoying the waves.
With a scoop neck, a racer back, and moderate leg line and rear coverage, this swimwear is a great choice for those who like their suits to be a bit more modest.
Moderately priced, this is one suit that will certainly set a person back a few dollars, but with proper care, you’ll be able to make that only back in no time at all.
Ease of Care
This suit isn’t machine washable, and the manufacturer recommends to hand wash the swimwear in cold water using non chlorine bleach, and only when needed.
If you want a true swimmer’s suit that offers a great range of motion at a fraction of the cost of the more expensive athletic swimwear on the market, this is a great choice.
9. SPEEDO MEN’S MARINA CORE
- Quick drying and superior sun protection
- Elastic waistband with drawstring for a personal fit
- Reasonably priced
- Mid-length styling may be off putting to some
- May run a bit small.
Love them or hate them, the Speedo brand of swimwear has been around for quite some time based on their quality and overall commitment to the athletically minded swimmer. These water shorts offer a new take on a classic design.Read more
Fit and Size
These mid-length water shorts feature a full draw string waist, and have been known to be true to size approximately 82% of the time. It has a 20 inch inseam, and has a wide range of sizes.
Made of brushed microfiber polyester, these shorts offer a great feeling against the skin, and a very comfortable mesh lining to make sure that you stay comfortable no matter where you are swimming. In addition, the trademarked “vapor plus” fabric allows for a quick dry and offers UPF 50+ protection.
Taking a page from the surfer scene, these water shorts have a bold fashion look that is not only easy on the eyes, but also very comfortable to boot. The solid colors compliment the wearer, whether they are surfing the beach or riding the waves.
These water shorts are very reasonably priced considering the quality and materials used in their creation. While they may not be the cheapest option available, they do make sound economical sense.
Ease of Care
As with many of the other examples on this list, this swimwear is easy to care for. Just rinse off at the end of the swim and wash according to the directions when the time comes.
The Speedo brand invokes ideas of fashion athletic wear that has a high amount of quality and durability. While it may not share the classic Speedo design, these water shorts can easily become a great choice of the best swimwear available.
10. AKULA MEN’S SHORTS SWIM TRUNKS
- Machine washable
- Multiple pockets
- Wide array of sizes to choose from
- Pockets are less secure than most
- Microfiber surface can wear over time.
Looking for men’s swimwear that truly does double duty both in the waves and out of them? The Akula Men’s Shorts, Swim Trucks with cargo pockets is a great way to help keep your valuable secure, even as you enjoy the waves or the barbecue on the beach.Read more
Fit and Size
These swimming trunks run true to size the majority of the time, and come with a full elastic waist and an adjustable draw string closure for easier adjustment on the fly. There is a full range of sizes available, so finding one that fits you right is a fairly simple task. The internal mesh liner offers great and secure support for your manhood, as well.
Made from 100% polyester fibers, this swimsuit is made to be quick drying and to provide UV protection up to a 50+ UPF rating under the right circumstances.
One of the great things about this pair of swim shorts is the number of pockets included. Two side seam pockets, and two cargo pockets provide plenty of space to store things such as vehicle keys, wallets, and phones as you walk along the beach. We would however recommend against swimming with the pockets full, as they offer few secure closures or water proof lining to protect your valuables.
These shorts are very affordable, and offer high quality workmanship at a fraction of the cost of the more expensive brands available on line. While they are not the most economical choice by far, they are easily worth their price.
Ease of Care
This swimwear is fairly easy to maintain. Just rinse off after spending time in the pool or at the beach, and wash in the machine on the cold setting.
He Akula Mens Shorts Swim Trunks with Cargo Pockets is a great choice for those men who want the convenience of easy storage for their valuables and the ability to enjoy the waves in one pair of shorts. While we don’t recommend swimming with your wallet in the pocket, it is still a great pair of swimwear to help you enjoy the summer day.
Criteria Used for Evaluation
Swimwear, just like any other article of clothing will wear down depending on use and time. Therefore, it’s important to consider how many times you expect to be wearing it. If you plan on going swimming every day this summer, you’ll want a suit that is made from a more durable material, and has stronger seams, and even thicker straps where needed. And if you’re a guy, you’ll want to make sure that the mesh lining is strong enough to hold up during frequent use. If you’re a woman, and an avid swimmer, consider getting a swimsuit without padding. It can misshapen over time and cause the suit to become ill fitting and uncomfortable.
Considering all that you could spend on your swimwear, it’s nice to see examples like these, most of which fall into a very budget-friendly category. In fact, many of these examples are less expensive than many articles of clothing, or items that you carry with you every day. While it could be said that you get what you pay for, it’s nice to see that sometimes, just sometimes, you can get a whole lot more quality instead.
Whether you’re planning on using your new swimwear in the pool, by the lake, or down by the ocean, the material that it is made from can be critical in not only your comfort but also in how long the swimsuit lasts. Most of the suits on this list are made from a combination of Lycra, Spandex, and polyester. This combination of material provides the ability to stretch and twist your body as you swim and enjoy other aquatic activities.
Of course, there are some drawbacks to this combination of fabrics. For one, some people with sensitive skin might have a reaction to it. Also, depending on the proportions of the different materials, some swimwear may show signs of wear sooner than expected.
This is why looking at the quality and type of fabric is so important in buying a swimming suit. You can rest assured that you’ll find the best swimwear that utilized the right fabric combination for your needs here on this list.
Finding the best swimwear really begins with finding the right size and fit for your body type. Thankfully, there are more options in regards to sizing than ever before. More and more swimwear makers are realizing that not everyone is a size 2 or even a size 14. Having the right fit for your swimwear means a much more comfortable piece of clothing for your day at the beach. You won’t have to worry about the edges digging into your skin, or the suit sagging in all the wrong places.
The majority of these swimwear examples are shown to be true to size, or true to fit over half the time, with the majority of them reaching the threshold of nearly 85%. So when you consider these suits, chances are you can choose the right size with confidence.
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When it comes to picking the right swimwear, you want to make sure it fits your body type correctly and it is the style you are wanting. It is important to get the right fit for your swimwear to make sure your bathing suits stays firmly in place when it comes to active sports such as paddle boarding, playing volleyball, or even water skiing. Another good thing to keep in mind is to make sure your swimwear is durable enough to play hard in the water and not fall off or tear.
Other Factors to Consider
The type of swimwear you purchase is very much dependent on exactly what you’re going to be doing while wearing it. If you expect a fairly low level of activity, then a swim suit that covers the necessary parts and holds up with regular washings should be more than enough.
However, if you are more of an active person, you do have to pay a little more attention to how your swimwear fits, and how it is designed. A two piece suit, for example, or one that acts more like shorts than well-fitting swimwear may not be cut out to help you swim the lake on a regular basis. Instead, focus on swimwear that is both comfortable and form fitting, and is cut in such a way to not hinder your movement through the waves.
The swimwear on this list, although athletic in nature and design does manage to find a good balance between being sport-oriented and comfort.
While it’s perfectly all right to hand wash any swimwear you own, it should be noted that most of the time you don’t have to. The swimsuits on this list not only look great and feel great against your body, but they can also easily be washed in the machine if you follow the manufacturer’s directions. There are a few exceptions, of course, mostly women’s swimwear, but their quality and overall look more than make it up for the inconvenience that hand washing creates.
Frequently Asked Questions
When it comes to hitting the waves to paddle board, water ski behind a boat, or try your hand at surfing, you will most definitely want a swimsuit that is meant for an active lifestyle. Some considerations you will want to look at before choosing your swimwear for activities in the water, you will want to think about these things below.
Stability: Does your swimsuit stay firmly in place, even when you are being active?
Durability: When it comes to playing hard in water, you will want a swimsuit that can play just as hard as you.
Comfort: While you may want to choose a swimsuit that stays put, no matter what you are doing, you should also remember that it's not fun to participate in activities when your suit feels too tight or constricting.
This is a good question. Recently, one piece bathing suits have really made their way back into the mainstream as a fashion statement. However, if you are asking this question, there are a number of factors you will want to consider when making your choice.
Comfort: When it comes to a bathing suit, you want to feel as comfortable as possible. This means that it may take some trial and error to figure out what kind of swimsuit (one or two piece) feels best on you. Comfort means that you feel good in the bathing suit, so you feel confident in it and you won't need to re-adjust it all day long.
Use: If you are a very active person, you may want to consider a one piece bathing suit that will keep you feeling firmly supported during an activity. However, there are a number of sporty two pieces on the market today, and they can be just as useful during activities.
Fashion: At the end of the day, you want to know that your swimsuit looks fantastic (at-least to you). When it comes to choosing a swimsuit that looks good, you can easily consider either option (one or two piece). It really depends on how you feel in the suit, and if you can do the activities that you want without worrying about losing your suit in a frisky wave. Just remember, if you feel great in a swimsuit, it will look great, because you like how it feels. So make the choice based on your personal preference and do so with confidence.
It is true that the chlorine used in pools does have an adverse effect on swimwear. The chlorine not only kills the majority of bacteria and microbes that are naturally found in public areas, but it also can be quite corrosive, especially to swim suits.
However, with the modern blends of synthetic material that is seen on this list, there is less to worry about. Simply rinsing off the suit and allowing it to completely dry before putting away is all the immediate care that your swimwear needs. Of course, it’s important to wash it according to the manufacturer’s directions, but a quick rinse will go a long way to keeping your swimwear comfortable.
This is a difficult question to answer, since there are so many different body types and swimwear available. However, whether you’re male or female, two things you should always keep in mind when it comes to buying flattering swimwear: accentuate the positive, and downplay the negative.
For example, if you want to accentuate your long, muscular legs, swimwear that has a higher cut on the thigh is your best bet. If you rather focus on your narrow waist, a swimsuit that is structured, with fashion that draws the eyes towards the waist is a good choice. If you’d rather not have people notice a more robust bust line, then consider a swim suit that highlights other aspects of your body.
However, the most important thing to do when searching for a flattering swim suit is to make sure that it fits your body well. If you’re female, take into account your bust size, the length of your torso, and your waist line. If you’re male, the things to consider are your waist line and desired inseam length. Also, the size of your thighs will be important when considering some of the more tight fitting swimwear available on the market.
For the most part, it’s all about the measurements if you’re shopping on line. For a woman, swimwear is often sized by measuring the fullest part of the bust, and then determining if you have a short, regular, or long torso. Unfortunately, what is considered “short”, “regular” or “long” can vary from one manufacturer to another, so if you are petite or very tall, it might take a few tries to get the right fit.
Thankfully, for men’s swimwear, things are a bit simpler. If you know the waist and inseam measurements for your favorite pair of shorts, chances are you can find swimwear that fits you well. The exception, of course, is the bikini style of swimwear, made popular by brands like Speedo. There, you’ll have the classic small, medium, large, x-large sizing criteria. Thankfully, most of those examples are true to size.