15 stylish suits that show off your shape and stay in place while you swim laps, train for a triathlon, learn to surf, and more
Athleta Truckee Tri Ready to Run
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Training for a triathlon? The Truckee Tri Ready to Run Bikini ($100; athleta.com) is made from super-performance swim fabric (it offers extra sun protection and is chlorine and abrasion resistant) in a high-impact style built for lap swimming and sport. Add in the compression fitted bottoms with just the right amount of seat coverage and you'll be ready to dive right into training on both land and sea.
Parasol Halter Bikini and Board Shirt
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Karla Colletto Rash Guard
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We fell head-over-heels for this Karla Colletto suit when Beyoncé rocked it on the April 2013 cover of SHAPE, but could such a high-style piece withstand our sand and swim test? Yes! Made from nylon and lycra, the not-too-revealing yet still sexy Rash Guard ($196; everythingbutwater.com) and Brief Hipster Bottom ($110; everythingbutwater.com) are designed to move with you, not on you.
Leonisa Triangle Top and Tanga Bottom
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Swim, paddle, or row in this gorgeously detailed Striking Triangle Top and Ruched Tanga Bottom ($70; leonisa.com). The top comes with removable padding for an push up bra-like effect when you want it, and the design gives you the option to wear the straps classic or criss-crossed with a sultry tie back. The lower rise, fuller bottom offers complete coverage that won’t ride up during activity.
Oakley Halo Corset Back Mio
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Perfect for serious swimmers, surfers, and volleyball players, the Halo Corset Back Mio ($168; oakley.com) stretches and bends with your body and features a sleek, lace–up back that allows you to adjust the fit (just be prepared to practice getting in and out of it a few times). Our tester called it "the perfect combination of sexy and sporty."
Rip Curl Mirage Prism Crossback
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Created for maximum performance, style, and comfort, the Mirage Prism Crossback ($98; shop.ripcurl.com) offers a sexy option for an active day at the beach or pool. Made with Xtra Life Lycra, a high-quality fabric that provides long-lasting fit and counters thinning material, shape loss, and the effects of chlorine and the sun, this suit features stitch-free seams for maximum comfort. Plus, it's quick drying, lightweight, and provides extra UV protection.
NIKE Tankini and Scoop Bottoms
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We loved swimming laps in this sporty yet stylish combo. The Solid Tankini Top ($26; kohls.com) stays put without feeling too clingy or constricted (great for those who want a little more coverage), and the Solid Scoop Bottoms ($26; kohls.com) offer full, flattering coverage that's easy to adjust in the middle of your workout with a simple pull on the drawstrings.
Aqua Sphere Tulsi Bikini
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The Tulsi Bikini ($86; aquasphereswim.com) offers comfortable coverage that doesn't skimp on style. One tester called it "the perfect transition suit for someone who is just starting to swim laps or train for a triathlon." The supportive top features adjustable, criss-cross straps to ensure a superior fit, and although the bottoms are cut low on the hips, they stay snug to your body and won't stretch or slip as you move.
Body Glove Inca Triangle Swimsuit
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The eye-catching Inca Triangle Swimsuit by Body Glove ($97; californiasunshine.com) is a great pick for almost any body type—it hugs every curve to flaunt an hourglass figure or to help create the illusion of more curves on straighter, boyish figures. It may be sexier than many athletic suits, but it's perfect for those who want a staple suit to wear to pool parties and to take part in summer activities such as paddle boarding, surfing, and brisk walks on the beach.
Calavera Siren Suit
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Don't be fooled by this suit's flirty appearance; Calavera's bikinis are designed with multiple features to ensure it stays exactly where you want it to and won't slip, stretch, or smash the "girls." The super-cute Siren Top ($54; calaveraswimwear.com) comes in five different colors that all scream California beach babe style and can be paired with two different styles of bottom, but our tester, who describes her lower half as "athletic," preferred the added coverage of the Full Bottom ($49; calaveraswimwear.com).
La Belle Rebelle Janie Jones Suit
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Want a little more coverage than a teeny bikini but not ready to don a one-piece? Check out this retro-inspired Janie Jones Suit ($175; labellerebelle.us) that still shows off your hard-earned lower half but offers a little more coverage and support around the middle with its bustier top.
Victoria's Secret Push-Up Halter
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This very sexy suit is surprisingly very functional. The Push-Up Halter Top ($19; victoriassecret.com) stays put (and helps keep everything in place) while swimming, and the Beach Sexy Double String Bottom ($15; victoriassecret.com) offers a flattering fit that won’t ride up while you ride the waves. Not a fan of string bikinis? You can choose from nine different styles that all pair perfectly with this versatile top.
Pakaloha Hookipa String Bikini
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If you don’t mind showing some skin while you stay active, this might be the perfect suit for you! Kelley Chapman, a salesperson at the Maui-based Pakaloha Bikini Shop, says this Hookipa Top ($45; pakalohamaui.com) is super popular with surfers and active women because it has larger triangles than traditional string bikinis and can be tied behind the neck and back in a variety of ways. The low-rise booty shorts ($45; pakalohamaui.com) nicely accentuate a lifted rear, but they run a little small so our tester recommends ordering one size up.
Freya Active Zipped Suit
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From the makers of the lingerie and sports bra line designed to make larger-chested women feel and look amazing, this Freya Active Zipped Suit ($98; freyalingerie.com) offers a great shape, smooth silhouette, and impressive support. Whether you're training for a triathlon or swimming laps, this quick drying, chlorine-resistant suit offers a no-fuss flattering fit so you can focus on your workout, not what you're wearing.
ZeroXposur Tie-Dye Tankini
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The ZeroXposur Tie-Dye Tankini ($25; kohls.com) delivers an athletic look that can easily take you from swimming laps to spiking volleyballs to lounging poolside. The racerback top has a built-in, lightly-padded sports bra that works best for small busts (larger-chested women may need more lift from a bikini top underneath). Pair it with the quick-drying Solid Swim Short Bottoms ($25; kohls.com) and you won't even need to pack a change of clothes.