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- Choosing the right swimwear for your swimming needs can make a lot of difference. The style and design is of course important; different styles suit different body shapes. Choosing the right material is also important. Finally the size must also be right. The fit should be snug but not tight. Here is more information on these points:
- Fabric used in women's swimwear
- Polyester: swimsuits made of 100% polyester are more resistant to chlorine and last longer. 100% polyester swimsuits are recommended for training and practice.
- Lycra/Spandex: swimsuits made of Lycra stretch better and usually fit more comfortably. However, they have a tendency to fade quickly and to get baggy with time. Recommended for some racing and comfort. Not recommended for training/practice. These swimsuits won't last long in high chlorinated water.
- How to size for women's swimwear? The right swimwear provides comfort and coverage as well as support for freedom of movement. See standard women's swimwear sizing chart »
- Which style for you?
- Competition swimwear: Competition swimsuits are first intended for lap swimmers. The priorities in competition swimwear is comfort, durability and performance. The swimsuits come in different designs and prints: some colorful, some very plain.
- Technical suits: Technical swimsuits are specifically designed for racing in competition. Manufacturers use the newest technologies and the best fabrics to build technical swimsuits. That is why the cost is greater than regular competition swimsuits. Ready, Get set, Go!
- Fitness swimwear: Most commonly called "Water Aerobics Swimsuits". Fitness swimsuits have more conservative cuts and can have additional support like shelf bras or soft cups. Fitness swimwear is available in plus sizes as well.
- Lifeguard suits: traditional swimsuits with lifeguard/guard logos. Lifeguard swimsuits are most appropriate for certified lifeguards. Different styles include: one-piece, two-pieces, trunks and boardshorts. Lifeguard suits are usually red, but navy or black colors are also available. See lifeguard swimsuits and lifeguard accessories »
- Practice swimwear: Most swimmers use traditional practice suits for training. Practice suits come in different fabrics like polyester or Lycra. Polyester swimsuits remain the #1 choice because they last longer and are chlorine resistant.
What Customers Are Saying...
Reviewing: Dolfin Uglies Gidget
Dolfin Uglies Gidget V-2 Back Female
RUTH C., BOCA RATON, NJ
| Aug 16 2015
This is the sixth size 36 Uglies swimsuit I have purchased over the last 10 years. They last forever! But this one ran considerably shorter than the ones I have had in the past. A little disappointed.
Reviewing: Dolfin Bellas Java Blue 2 Piece
Nice Suit, great color
LAUREL K., MADISON, OH
| Aug 7 2015
I love this suit I'm 5"6 and 145 I ordered the Large and the bottoms were snug, so I went a size up
Reviewing: Tyr Papua Crosscutfit
Great open back suit
ERIK S., LAS VEGAS, NV
| Aug 5 2015
Great fitting open back suit that with the right size fits great. We usually buy TYR for practice suits and prefer the open back suit to avoid those weird tan lines the diamond cut leaves. This suit style (lite crosscutfit") seems to run small in the rear so we had to return it for the next size up which was a first but once we had the right size, it was a great looking style. We practice in an outdoor pool in the Las Vegas sun and it held up as well as any other $70-$80 suit we've purchased in the past. We still buy our usual size of 26 in TYR's in their other suits but had to size up to a 28. Maybe they changed the sizing recently?