Swimwear isn’t always designed for well, you know, swimming. It sounds silly, but it’s true—fashion suits can’t usually hold up to the demands of an active lifestyle and the movement of a true aquatic athlete. We sorted through the best of the performance swimwear on the market to find the most stylish, most functional swimwear if you’re actually planning on taking your suit into the waves.
Aday For The Win swimsuit
This sustainable and stylish brand has bonded seams for a flawless fit that is perfect for layering with denim shorts or leggings for a day-to-night-to-pool look. It’s made from recycled materials and is built for long-term wear and serious style summer after summer.
Buy it now: $125, thisisaday.com
Lululemon Uncharted Waters
We always appreciate a brand that lets us buy tops and bottoms separately, and we’re in love with the sleek, sexy style of this paid. Thoughtful details like an internal drawstring and removable bra cups help you customize your fit, and the racerback top and high-cut leg are optimal for both performance in the water and style on the beach.
Buy it now: Top, $68 and Bottom, $58, lululemon.com
Adidas High-Neck Solid Waterpolo One-Piece
High-fashion options are great, but we love seeing how some traditional athletic brands are upping their style game. This Adidas suit was designed for water polo players, who are super active in both upper- and lower-body movements, so you know this oneis guaranteed to stay put. That said, the high neck and zipper back wouldn’t be out of place in Kanye’s next collection.
Buy it now: $51, allamericanswim.com
Kiefer Flyback suit
Well-known to competitive swimmers, the minimal but sturdy flyback style suit is the default for female aquatic athletes, and it’ll serve you well summer after summer. The high-cut leg is flattering and ensures freedom of movement in the pool, and the bright color-blocking looks surprisingly current.
Buy it now: $36.95, kiefer.com
Cover Swim short-sleeve swimsuit
If you’re trying to get smart about sun exposure this summer, Cover Swim is here for you with short- and long-sleeve styles that protect your skin and ensure your modesty while you’re out running around. We love the zip front on this quick-dry suit, which creates a super-flattering vertical line and makes getting it on and off a cinch.
Buy it now: $175, coverswim.com
Cynthia Rowley maillot and rash guard
Cynthia Rowley’s passion for surfing and background in high-fashion has made her ultra-stylish suits, rash guards and wetsuits a must-have for weekends in Montauk. After testing them ourselves, we promise the high-style prints and performance fabrics are worth the price. We love this one-piece/rash guard combination—layer them up for extra security and sun protection, or strip down to the minimal but sturdy suit.
Buy it now: Maillot, $225 and Rash guard, $195, cynthiarowley.com
Michi Dive rash guard
Michi is always at the forefront of athletic street style, and this chic cutout top is at the top of our list for versatile summer purchases. Wear it with a black bikini bottom to the beach, with leggings to class, or with a high-waisted skirt or dressy shorts out to dinner on a hot summer night. It’s water-ready anytime, but totally cute, too.
Buy it now: $95, michiny.com