If you’re an avid swimmer, you should know by now that you can’t just pick a random swimsuit and expect it to work. What you want is a swimsuit that is both fit and functional! Here’s what you need to look for:

Perfect Fit

The fit of your swimsuit affects how well you swim. It should not restrict your movement or distract you in any way.

  • Size: Your swimsuit should fit like a glove, so make sure it’s not too tight or too loose. You want it to be comfortably close-fitting but without cutting off your circulation, causing friction and making it hard for you to breathe. It shouldn’t be too loose either, or it will cause drag.
  • Leg openings: The elastic straps around the leg openings shouldn’t be too tight. You don’t want them digging into your legs and bothering you with every kick.
  • The straps: The shoulder straps should lie comfortably on your shoulders. Make sure you can stretch your arms comfortably in them, and that they stay in place when you move.
  • The bust: The bust must offer enough coverage and support around the chest area. It should provide you with the compression you need to become more aerodynamic in the water and enhance your performance.

The right material

The material of the swimsuit depends exclusively on your preference. You are the one who determines if the fabric is suitable enough for you; just keep in mind that the lighter it is, the less movement restriction it causes.

  • Lycra is a soft and comfortable type of fabric with excellent stretch; however, it doesn’t have a very long lifespan, especially if you’re swimming regularly in chlorinated water. So if you’re planning to swim once a week or occasionally, Lycra would be a good option for you.
  • Xtra Life Lycra has the same attributes as Lycra, but is allegedly 10 times more durable.
  • Polyester is a great alternative to Lycra; if taken care of properly, it can last for years. So if you swim regularly for extended periods of time, it’s the right choice for you. On the downside, it’s not as comfortable as Lycra, and it’s less soft and stretchy.
  • Nylon is one of the strongest manufactured fibers. It offers a smooth fit, absorbs little water and dries very quickly, but it lacks elasticity.
  • Poly PBT is a more recent addition to swimsuit fabrics; it has excellent stretch and elasticity, dries quickly and has low-water absorbency.

Back type

Choosing the right swimsuit back type plays a big role in your performance. It will affect your streamlining, your movement, your comfort and your form.

  • The open back provides a lot of freedom of movement. With a lower cut back there is less restriction and a greater range of motion and flexibility.
  • The closed back offers more coverage for confidence and comfort.
  • The crossed back is often used for competition, as it gives the swimmer wider arm and shoulder access, freedom and ease of shoulder movement, and reduces drag.

Design

Practical doesn’t mean unattractive! Don’t overlook the design of your swimsuit; every woman wants to look good even in the water. So find the style and color that reflect your personality and the type that flatters your body shape.

Happy shopping! 🙂

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