Stores are flooded with swimwear this time of year, but much of what hangs on the racks won’t get you through a 500-meter open water swim or a tough game of sand volleyball. Never fear! We rounded up 30 of our favorite rough-n-tumble pieces of athletic swimwear and accessories that will look great and work even better.
Life’s better at the beach
Beach time is meant to be fun, and what could be more fun than hours of boogie boarding followed by a nighttime game of soccer next to the bonfire? Skip the skimpy bikini and uncomfortable flip-flops in favor of a few of these fun and fashionable beach favorites.
Mott 50 Santa Cruz Swim Top, $115: When you’re kickin’ it in the sand, you need to stay protected! Mott 50’s Santa Cruz Swim Top offers UPF 50 protection from UVA and UVB rays, soft, quick-drying fabric and fun, cinch-tie sides for flexible wearability. Choose from six fun shades like pink, Shark Grey, Fuschia, Lilac and Caribbean Blue.
Lavanila The Healthy Lip Screen SPF 30, $16: You can skip sun-parched lips when you smooth on a dab of Lavanila’s The Healthy Lip Screen with SPF 30. We love the light taste of peppermint and vanilla.
Keen Whisper Slide Shoes, $75: Protect your toes from rocks and sticks while walking along the shoreline. The Keen Whisper Slides stay put while keeping your feet protected from the elements, all without preventing you from experiencing of feeling sand and water between your toes.
Adidas Women’s Adilibria Shield Sport Sunglasses, $150: Both sporty and sophisticated, these sunglasses will keep your eyes protected while you sweat in style.
Calistoga Reversible Tote by Flora Bella, $59: Everyone wants a great beach bag, and when you buy the Calistoga Reversible Tote, you get two for the price of one! Enjoy the burlap exterior when you want a neutral-colored tote, then flip it inside-out to expose the bright canvas lining when you’d like a little color.
Betty Designs Peacock Bikini, $100: String bikinis just don’t cut it when it comes to a tough game of beach volleyball or the all-out effort of a triathlon. You can look great and feel comfortable when you choose one of Betty Designs’ stay-put athletic bikinis, like this peacock-inspired option.
Target Swim Surf Beach Towel, $11: How cute is this towel? At only $11 you can give them as gifts to all of your friends.
Dive into fitness
Whether your pool time involves deep water aerobics or a 30-minute series of swim sprints, you need gear (and a few fun accessories!) to help get you through your workout.
TYR Women’s Big Logo Event Hoodie, $60: You need something warm to wear before early morning swims and after you hop out of the water. You can’t go wrong with the TYR Big Logo Event Hoodie. It’s cute, warm and lightweight enough to cram into your duffle bag.
Large Light Blue Schlepp Bag, $85: The bag says it all. Toss your swim gear inside this ultimate pool-time tote.
Everyday 50-Lap Watch by Timex, $65: Water-resistant up to 100-meters, this classy-looking Timex is perfect for timing splits while training in the pool.
Aqua Sphere Samoa, $70: Perfect for competitive swimming, the Aqua Sphere Samoa is both functional and flattering.
Nootca Houndstooth Silicone Swim Cap, $11: Silicone swim caps help maintain body temperature in chilly waters while protecting hair from chlorine. We love the rip-proof edge and the classic houndstooth pattern of this cap from Nootca.
Nikon Coolpix AW110, $350: This waterproof, shockproof and freezeproof camera from Nikon is the perfect companion for any active adventure. In addition to great pics, you can take 1080p full HD video wherever your sporty life takes you.
Rykä Women’s Desire, $75: If you’re training for a triathlon, you need a great pair of running shoes to supplement your swim training. Grab a pair of lightweight Rykä’s to slip into after your swim for two-sport training days.
Chaco Yampa Sandals, $100: Designed for use in and around the water, the Chaco Yampa Sandals feature polyester straps for quick-drying and a Vibram outsole for excellent wear in rugged conditions. Grab a pair for your next kayaking trip or wear them on the lakeshore when training for an open water swim.
Reef Fanning, $50: A best-selling sandal from perennial surf-sandal maker, Reef, the Fanning sandal has a water-friendly synthetic upper and anatomical arch-support to support after-workout activities. If nothing else, grab a pair to use as a shower shoe — you know you need them!
Embrace fierce competition
Stalk your competition in style with these picks for the wildly competitive aquatic enthusiast.
Speedo Female Tri-Elite Long Sleeve Wetsuit, $600: Serious triathletes shouldn’t settle for bulky, cumbersome wetsuits. When you need to stay warm in the water without restricting movement, the Speedo Tri-Elite Wetsuit delivers. Offering patent-pending VORTEX technology to enhance stroke efficiency, Yomamoto 39 Cell Rubber to enhance buoyancy and Yomamoto Super Composite Skin Coating to reduce water friction, you’ll fly through the waves like never before.
Speedo Hydro Tribe Cap, $14: You’ll be one cool cat in the water while wearing this 100% silicone swim cap from Speedo!
Speedo AquaBeat 2.0 Waterproof MP3 Player with LED Screen, $120: Jam out while under water. The AquaBeat’s waterproof technology allows you to enjoy your tunes in any wet environment.
Speedo Women’s Hydro Comfort, $55: Take these athletic shoes for a run on the beach or for a jog in the water. Designed specifically for water sports, they’re perfect for aerobic classes, pool running or trips to the beach.
Nootca 207 green/smoke, $24: Extend your peripheral vision! The Nootca 207 have patent-pending technology that enable 207 degrees of peripheral vision, a number unachievable with larger goggles and masks usually worn during open water sports.
TYR Pink Alliance Team Mini Backpack, $56: This bag is a mini-version of TYR’s quintessential swim bags, offeringgot every feature that truly matters: internal goggle saver, digital media pocket, wet/dry spaces, suit carabiners and more. Plus, a portion of each purchase goes toward the Breast Cancer Research Fund.
Speedo Reverb Endurance+ Adult Female Recordbreaker, $82: Made from Endurance+ chlorine-resistant fabric, this flashy animal-print suit will last longer than the competition.
Fit, functional and fun
Maybe necessary, maybe not, we couldn’t resist adding these cute pieces to our list.
Betty Designs Signature Rash Guard, $50: Fitted, edgy and super-cute, the Betty Designs Signature Rash Guard is perfect for board sports like surfing, wakeboarding or stand up paddle.
FINIS Agility Paddles, $20: Learn to master palm position for every stroke with these strapless hand paddles from FINIS.
Tifosi Slip Wrap Sunglasses, $60: Whether you’re paddling on the lake or kicking a ball around in the sand, the Tifosi Slip Wrap Sunglasses will protect you from the sun while ensuring stay-put style.
360 Inc. Wave Rebel Wave Goddess 39 Womens Body Board, $70: Stop renting your body boards! If you plan on spending a lot of time at the beach, go ahead and make a purchase, like this bright and fun option from Wave Rebel.
Speedo Hydro Tribe Cap, $14: How much fun are these wild zebra stripes? For just $14, this 100% soft silicone swim cap is both fun and functional.
FINIS Hydro Tracker GPS, $130: Need to track your open water swims? The Hydro Tracker offers GPS capabilities while in the water. Just clip it to your goggles and hit the waves!