Summer is in full swing, and along with it come all the warm weather activities that we love. In addition to everyone’s fair share of barbeques and rosé, healthier outdoor pastimes should be in full abundance. Chances are that a good deal of these involve being in the water. While this is definitely the best way to stay cool during the dog days of summer, finding the right apparel for these activities is not always easy. No one likes a swimsuit that rides up or falls off (the horror!) Whether you are going to be on the beach or in a pool, here are the best options for all of your summer aquatic fun.
If you plan to be thrown around the waves, a sturdy suit is an absolute necessity to stay in place during gnarly conditions.
Not only is the Cynthia Rowley x J Crew Colorblock Wetsuit ($210) on trend with color blocking, but it is an incredibly flattering cut. Never surfed before? This will certainly give you the confidence to try it out.
While surfing, a longer short can quickly turn into a tangled mess. Chubbies The Quitting Times ($50) not only solves this problem, but will let you show off a bit of leg. All those lunges weren’t for nothin’!
Swimming laps in the pool or ocean is not only good cardiovascular exercise, but an incredible stress reliever. While of course your swimsuit should be functional, it also doesn’t hurt to look good for the cute lifeguard.
Swimming in a bikini can be precarious, unless you are in the Lululemon Salty Swim Sport Top ($58). Not only it is high-performance, but it is also reversible. Talk about an overachiever!
Sweaty Betty’s Free Dive Swimsuit ($125) single handedly proves that one-pieces can be functional, sexy and cool. The complete opposite of your high school swim team drag suit.
Not quite ready to go full-Speedo? I don’t blame you. Try Shoreline Square Legs ($46) instead.
Exercising on the shoreline is a great way to sneak in a workout in a supremely relaxing setting. While you still want to feel sporty, it also doesn’t hurt to have options that allow for a dip in the ocean to cool off after getting your plank and squat jumps on.
You will be hard pressed to find something more fitting to your seaside surroundings than the Prismsport Reef Shorty ($48).
Want a tiny bit of coverage? Throw the Blue Life Fit Fishnet Muscle Tee ($66) over your bikini top.
No reason to fret if the tide comes in while wearing the Saucony Ride 7 GTX ($130) since it is waterproof and highly breathable.
You may feel tough working out sans shirt on the beach, but you can’t deny the upside of protecting your skin with the UPF 40 built into the Nike Hydro UV Raglan Sleeve Rashguard ($46). It is so lightweight and moveable that you won’t even miss being barechested…although we are sure the gals ogling you on the beach will!
While paddle boarding, your only concern should be your balance, not what you’re wearing. If you plan on taking a longer ride, you will also want to cover up your arms from the harsh rays
Although the Athleta Pacifica UPF Tee 2 ($49) is perfectly lightweight, it packs a heavy protective punch with UPF50.
You will want something light and unobtrusive underneath your tee, so pair it with The Upside Ballet Crop ($75). Even better, this trendy top does double duty as a sports bra during the cooler months of the year.
If you are feeling a bit self-conscious about your stomach area, my first recommendation is the Lululemon Salty Swim High Waist ($58) bikini bottom. The second? Arms & Abs over and over and over again!
Summer adventures generally include travelling, and the Speedo Mini Hexagon Packable Board Shorts ($64) smartly compresses into their own back pocket to take up the least amount of space possible.
And remember, don’t you dare forget your sunscreen!
Casey Sharbaugh is a New York City resident who works in the fashion industry. In her spare time, you can find Casey working out, writing, trying new beauty products, or browsing the city for the best ice cream cone or green smoothie (not simultaneously). Check out her personal blog www.comfortablycasey.com