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Any sort of swimming starts with one thing - swimwear. You might be able to jog in an old pair of sneakers, or cycle in a pair of shorts, but you can't swim in a dress. Finding the right swim suit or wetsuit, then, is the most important purchase you can make as part of your swimming or triathlon preparation. This guide will take you through the options that you have, depending on your body type and whether you are intending to compete or swim for fitness.

Swimsuits for fitness

If you like to swim for fitness purposes then a comfortable fitting swimsuit with ease of movement and plenty of coverage is ideal. Fitness swimsuits are designed to help you reach your fitness goals. They have a relaxed fit and are usually constructed from materials such as nylon, lycra and polyester. These stretchy materials offer you comfort and added softness. Swimming for fitness also means that you require extra support from your swimsuit. This comes in the form of internal shelf bras and added support built into your swimsuit for optimum comfort while you swim for extended periods.

Designed to last

Chlorine resistant blends are also available and these will retain their shape and have a longer shelf life. Speedo’s Endurance technology is one of the most popular chlorine resistant blends. It is quick drying and resists snagging and fading up to 20 times longer than many other fabrics.

Fitness swimsuit fit

Wiggle has individual size charts for each brand and model of swimsuit. You can view our bust, waist and hips measurement tables to find out what size is best for you.

A woman modeling a swimsuit

Swimsuits for competition

If you’re a competitive swimmer and train regularly then a competition swimsuit will provide you with tools to reach your competitive goals. These suits have been designed to reduce drag and optimise water flow by using compression materials. As a result competition suits have a tight fit for optimal performance gains. Unlike fitness swimsuits where comfort is king, competition swimsuits don’t come with added support.

Designed to last

Chlorine resistant blends are also available for competition swimsuits. Speedo’s Endurance technology is one of the most popular chlorine resistant blends. It is quick drying and resists snagging and fading up to 20 times longer than many other fabrics.

Competition swimsuit fit

Wiggle has individual size charts for each brand and model of swimsuit. You can view our bust, waist and hips measurement tables to find out what size is best for you.

A woman modeling a Speedo swimsuit from three different angles

What body shape are you?

It's always wise to select a swimsuit that suits your body shape and personal style. While this is less important for competitive swimming, feeling comfortable in your swimsuit and looking good will make you feel more confident poolside.

  • Athletic: An athletic body shape is one that is toned with a straight posture. Swimwear for athletic body shapes should help accentuate the curves.
  • Apple: This body shape is mainly square on top with a narrow lower body. Swimwear for apple body shapes should ideally smooth and support your stomach. Vertical designs and details can help lengthen the body and create a slim appearance.
  • Pear: This body shape is usually larger on the lower body and narrower in the shoulder area. Swimwear for pear body shapes should ideally focus attention on the chest and away from the hips. This can be done by using padding to provide lift to the cleavage area.
  • Hourglass: This is often referred to as the ideal body shape as it has excellent symmetry from shoulders to hips. If you have an hourglass shape you can be bold in your swimwear choice and select a design that shows off your features.