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Stylish and Sporty Swimwear for the Athletic Fashionista

  |   By Estelle Puleston

Recently, I decided to start teaching my son how to swim. Aside from the odd splash in the water on holiday, it was the first time I’d been in a pool myself since my childhood swimming lessons. I dug my swimwear out of storage, a pile of little triangle cups and tie-sided bikinis that I’d picked out more with sunbathing in mind than anything else. “Whatever,” I thought, “it’s swimwear, it’ll do.”

At the pool though, I found myself continually rearranging my bikini. I couldn’t help but notice that everyone else was wearing something much more practical. I was the only one glancing down every five minutes to check that my boobs were still inside their cups. It was time, it seemed, for me to invest in some proper sports swimwear.

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Back home, I quickly realized that most swimwear brands expect you to choose between function and fashion. Pretty swimsuits were easy to find. So were overtly sporty ones—simple shapes in plain, block colors with perhaps a stripe for decoration. But something in-between? Not so much.

I was looking for a swimsuit or bikini design that was practical but still fashion-forward. Something sporty yet eye-catching and unique. As for functionality, I wanted thick straps for support and to help it stay in place. Other requirements were a modest neckline, and no extraneous straps or dangling decorations that might get in the way when moving about.

It was a long search, but I eventually came across some swimwear brands making what I want. And lucky you, I’ve rounded them all up here. Today’s list is full of chic, practical and sporty swimwear that you can wear to swim, surf or enjoy a game of beach volleyball. Yes, you can be comfortable and active without sacrificing style.

15 Stylish and Sporty Swimwear Pieces

sporty swimwear

Star Crewneck Bikini by Perfect Moment
Available in Sizes M-L
via FarFetch

sporty swimwear

Winona Stand Up Paddle Suit
Available in Sizes XS-XL
via Body Glove

sporty swimwear

Cabo Top & East Side Bottom
Available in Sizes XS-L (top) and XS-M (bottoms)
via Mikoh

sports swimwear

‘Mesh About’ High-Neck Swimsuit by Seafolly
Available in US Sizes 4-10
via Nordstrom

sports swimwear

Ibönga Reversible Swimsuit by Nuera Swim
Available in Sizes S-L
via Etsy

sports swimwear

High-Waisted Bikini by Ginger & Smart
Available in US Sizes 4-8
via FarFetch

sports swimwear

Signature Swimsuit in Navy
Available in US Sizes 4-12
via Deakin & Blue

sporty swimwear

Elevation Crop & Contour Highwaist Bottom
Available in Sizes XS-L (top) and XS (bottoms)
via Chromat

sports swimwear

Obsidian Swimsuit by Fashion Marilu
Available in Sizes XXS-XL
via Etsy

sports swimwear

Racerback Zip-Up Swimsuit by Heidi Klein
Available in sizes S-XL
via Harrods
sporty swimwearBlack Pearl Collection Low V-Neck Swimsuit
Available in Sizes XXS-L
via GlideSoul

sports swimwear

Kailua Racer Bikini Top & Regular Bikini Bind Pant
Available in Sizes XS-L
via Duskii

sports swimwear

Freestyle High Neck Swimsuit
Available in US sizes 4-14
via Figleaves

sporty swimwear

Kythira One-Piece by Spot Surfwear
Made to measure
via Etsy

sports swimwear

Poka Dot Bikini by Natalya Toporova Swimwear
Available in Sizes XS-L and A-DD cup
via Etsy

I haven’t settled yet on which sporty swimwear design to buy for myself, so which do you think I should get? Do you care more about aesthetics or functionality when swimwear shopping for yourself?

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Estelle is a twenty-something mum who recently emigrated from the UK to sunny Spain. She launched her online boutique, Esty Lingerie, in 2009 while at university, and after adding a blog to the site realized that writing is really where her passion lies. She now spends her days waxing lyrical about bras and knickers for a living, as a full-time blogger and a freelance copywriter and digital marketer for the lingerie industry.