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How to Choose a Women's Practice Suit


Women's practice swimsuits need to be fast and durable enough to handle intense swim practices, but flattering and fun enough to wear to the pool. Because practice suits are used for everything from lap swimming, to diving, to water aerobics, to aqua jogging, most practice suits aim to blend high-end performance technology with style. From traditional, thick strapped suits to tiny workout bikinis, your options are nearly endless. This guide explains how to find a practice suit that best meets all your needs.

 

Traditional Workout Suit

Traditional workout suits are one-piece suits with thick straps and fairly modest back and leg cuts. They are made of stretchy, comfortable fabric. Traditional workout suits are popular among older women, indoor swimmers, and open water swimmers because of their comfortable fit. Common features of traditional workout suits:

  • The thick straps and coverage will provide more support than minimalist cuts, cutout backs, or two-pieces.
  • Suits come in LYCRA® fabric (forgiving and comfortable) and polyester (durable and colorfast).
  • Traditional workout suits are extremely versatile and can be used during lap swimming, open water swimming, swim racing, diving, aqua jogging, and water aerobics.
  • Because of the thick straps, lower-cut legs, and less-revealing back style of this suit style, outdoor use will result in more noticeable tan lines.

Minimalist Workout Suit

A favorite style of young or outdoor swimmers, minimalist workout suits feature a sleeker, more revealing silhouette. With skinny straps, high-cut legs, and cut-out backs, minimalist suits lead to more exposed skin and therefore fewer tan lines. Because the open style of these suits creates drag, they are not used in competition. Many swimmers buy a size smaller than they normally would to ensure a tight fit. Features of minimalist workout suits include:

  • Minimalist workout suits provide less support and are more revealing than a traditional lap swimming suit.
  • Minimalist workout suits can come in LYCRA™ fabric (forgiving and stretchier), but are more commonly made with polyester (durable and colorfast).
  • Minimalist suits are used mainly by swimmers who swim outdoors, as skinny straps and cut-out backs result in smaller tan lines.
  • These suits come in a wide variety of back styles, from minimalist to traditional keyhole backs.
  • Minimalist suits often come in funkier, brighter colors and patterns than other suit styles.
  • This style of suit is popular as a training suit with swimmers who don't mind a revealing cut.
  • Minimalist suits are typically used during lap swimming, open water swimming, and diving.

Workout Bikini

For the woman who truly isn't afraid to bare it all — and she who wants to avoid tan lines at all costs — there are many different styles of workout bikinis. Features of workout bikinis:

  • Lap swimmers should be sure to get bikini bottoms that have a drawstring waistband. This will help the bottoms stay on during push-offs and dives.
  • Bikini top options range from sports bra-like to triangle top, but all are designed to be hydrodynamic and stay on throughout a workout.
  • Most workout bikinis are designed to create minimal tan lines, but there are styles with thicker straps, more support, and greater overage to accommodate different body types and preferences.
  • Workout bikinis are typically used during lap swimming and aqua jogging.

You've Got Options

Women's practice suits come in a wide variety of colors, graphics, and patterns. Now more than ever it is possible to find attractive and durable practice swimsuits at affordable prices. Always remember to consider your own body type, how much money you want to spend, and the type of activity you'll be doing when choosing a practice swimsuit.

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Jane
5 months ago.
According to the TYR size chart, my top is 28 and my bottom is 34. What size would you suggest for a practice suit? e.g TYR maxfit. Thank you.
SwimOutlet
5 months ago.
Hi Jane!

Refer here - https://www.swimoutlet.com/size-charts/tyr/tyr-women-s-competition-guard-water-polo-swimwear-sizechart_s321/
Sam
1 year ago.
I recently purchased a TYR suit but the material is thin that my nipples will show. Any recommendation or swimsuits with thicker padding that is comfortable and supportive as well? Or any tips on how to cover it up in my existing TYR swimsuit?
SwimOutlet.com
1 year ago.
Hi Sam,

We don't have a competition swimsuit that has a padding. You can use a nipple cover made of silicone, please see product code 17671.
Victoria
1 year ago.
How do I measure the “torso” to ensure proper fit?
SwimOutlet
1 year ago.
Hi Victoria!
Please follow these directions.
Bust*/chest: Measure around the fullest part of your chest.
*For women, this measurement is NOT the same as your bra band size.
Waist: Hold the end of the tape at your belly button and wrap around your waist to the front.
Hip: Measure around the widest point of your hips and buttocks.
Body Loop/Torso: Start at inner shoulder, come down the front of the torso and go between the legs. Continue up the back to the start of the tape on the shoulder.
D
2 years ago.
What size the suit size would fit busy 37 waist 28 hip 37
Swimoutlet.com
2 years ago.
Hello!
This depends on the brand/suit you are looking at. Simply click on the sizing chart link for the exact suit you are interested in and follow your measurements. Your chest measurement will be the most important to follow for a one piece suit.
Kennedy
2 years ago.
I own a Speedo Endurace Plus Practice Suit, but it didn’t come with any removable bra inserts. And I am wondering what can I wear underneath to have enough coverage.
Margaret
2 years ago.
Hello. I am taking up lap swimming a few times a week. My challenge in choosing a suit is that I have a very long torso 66”. I am 5’8””, bust 36, waist 34, hips 36. What would you suggest?
SwimOutlet
2 years ago.
Hi Margaret!

We have a list of long torso for you to choose from. Please click on the link: https://www.swimoutlet.com/searchresults.asp?Search=one+piece+long+torso&checkRealSearchInput=Y#page=1&search=one+piece+long+torso&catlvl=1&sortby=Relevance&viewall=no

Please note that it is important to always compare your actual measurements to the sizing chart of an item that you are interested in. If you are in between sizing, we suggest for you to size up.
Dawn
2 years ago.
Looking for a competitions suit that has extra room in the chest for a DD cup
SwimOutlet
2 years ago.
Hi Dawn!

In general, Women's Competition suit sizing is comparable to the actual bust measurement in inches. For example, a bust circumference of 36" would likely be a suit size 36. Please be sure to measure around the fullest part of your bust rather than using your bra band size.
Linda
2 years ago.
I’m starting back to lap swimming and my measurements are 44 bust 38 waist 49 hips Not sure to get a 16 or 18 I usually get speedo or would you suggest something else? Thanks so much for your help
SwimOutlet
2 years ago.
Hi Linda!


Different brands use different sizing charts. The best way to get your proper size is to take your actual measurements comparable to the sizing chart of the item you are interested in. But for Speedo, based on your measurements, we would recommend size 18.
Samantha
2 years ago.
Hi, I wear a practice suit of 28/30 and I need a drag suit for the up coming varsity season. Any recommendations on what size or what suit?
SwimOutlet
2 years ago.
Hi Samantha! Different brands use different sizing charts. The best way to get your proper size is to take your actual measurements comparable to the sizing chart of the item you are interested in. We would also suggest for you to purchase suits made of polyester for they are durable and not so stretchable. You may search for the words "polyester suits" on our site to find them.
Deanna
2 years ago.
I wear a 42d bra size what size suit should I get
SwimOutlet
2 years ago.
Hi Deanna,

Sizes vary per brand. May we know for what specific suit would you want to know the recommended size?
Bára
2 years ago.
Hi I have a Tyr swimsuit do they get little bigger in water like speddo and arena swimsuit?
Swimoutlet.com
2 years ago.
Hello,
Every suit is going to expand a little bit when wet. The best material to get with the least amount of stretch is polyester.
Anne
2 years ago.
Hello! I am stuck between a size 30/32 swimsuit for competitions and sometimes practice. I am around 154cm tall and my bust is around 31inches. Which size should I choose for a michael phelps suit?
Swimoutlet.com
2 years ago.
Hello Anne,
According to your chest measurement, you will be a size 26 in Michael Phelps suits.
Madison
2 years ago.
Hello! I am looking for long lasting swimsuits. I am size 26/28. I swim on average 5 days a week and am looking for affordable long lasting swimsuits. Thanks!
Swimoutlet.com
2 years ago.
Hello Madison,
You are definitely going to want to purchase a polyester suit as these are more chlorine resistant than other materials. The SwimOutlet Exclusive Waterpro Lightning Thin Strap One Piece Swimsuit (product code 8120274) is a great affordable option. Also, make sure to rinse the suit in fresh water after every use and never put it in washer/dryer, hand wash and line dry to get the most use out of the suit.
Kelsea
3 years ago.
Hi! I'm intrested in one of your competition suits. I usually buy a suit with a padded bra built in, but they show alot of cleavage, and I like to be very active swimming in the water and ocean. My bust measures 40". Are the suits meant to be worn alone, or is there something I can purchase to use with the suit for more support?
Swimoutlet.com
3 years ago.
Hello Kelsea,

Competition suits do not have any kind of chest support. We do have some laps suits that are very similar to competition suits but they do have some sort of bra in them. https://www.swimoutlet.com/p/dolfin-aquashape-conservative-lap-suit-solid-polyester-7555/?color=9343. Here is an option, this suit has a shelf bra as well as sewn in soft cups.
Melody
3 years ago.
Hello i'm new to swimming and i don't know what size to get in swimwear. My bust size is 36 in, my waist size is 28 in, and my hips size is 41 in. What size would you recommend and which swimsuit? (it's for competitive swimming)
Swimoutlet.com
3 years ago.
Hello Melody,
In the Sporti brand, you will be a size 38. In the Speedo brand, you will be a size 36. And in the TYR brand, you will be a size 36. You can view our competition suit options here: https://www.swimoutlet.com/one-piece-swimsuits-c9328/
Susan
3 years ago.
I'm needing to return suit because it's too small. I'll reorder but feel I need insert bra for good coverage. Does any suit have cups?
SwimOutlet.com
3 years ago.
Hello Susan!
The TYR Solid Aqua Controlfit One Piece Swimsuit dose have removable contoured cups.
Please view the item here:
https://www.swimoutlet.com/p/tyr-solid-aqua-controlfit-one-piece-swimsuit-20950/?color=9343
Ranger
3 years ago.
i wish to buy the arena carbonite or the arena directus, and am wondering which one to buy. And also, what size will be good since my chest is 70 cm, my waist is 61 cm, my hips are 78 cm and my torso is 135 cm
Swimoutlet.com
3 years ago.
Hello Ranger!
Either one of these suits would work just fine. You would be a size 28 in both suits.
Holly
3 years ago.
I wear a size 32 in Speedo would I wear that in a TYR racing suit as well?
Swimoutlet.com
3 years ago.
Hello Holly,
When changing to a different brand, it is always best to take your measurements and go off of the product specific sizing chart. Sizing does vary from brand to brand.
Linh Doan
3 years ago.
Hi there, i'm looking for my first competitive swimsuit but my bust does matter, really. I'm 30H and i really like the TYR Avictor but what size does i need? Thank you.
Swimoutlet.com
3 years ago.
Hi!
We need your chest measurement (around the fullest part of your chest in inches) as well as your waist and hip measurements in order to give you an accurate suggestion.
Linh Doan
3 years ago.
My chest is 41", my waist is 27" and my hip is 33.5".
Swimoutlet.com
3 years ago.
Hello,
We recommend a size 34.
BE
3 years ago.
I am an obese water lover who needs a fabric that won't strangle all my body parts..while stretch holds you in, it leaves no place for the extra stuff to fit! Doesn't anyone make a modest swimsuit that is comfy and free feeling?
Swimoutlet.com
3 years ago.
Hi there!
We suggest choosing a suit that is made mostly of Nylon or Lycra. these materials have more stretch and less compression than a Polyester suit does.
Nicole
3 years ago.
Hi, I am just wondering if a v- necked one piece would be ok to wear at swim practices.
swimoutlet.com
3 years ago.
Hi Nicole,
As long as the suit fits correctly and won't increase drag, a v-neck suit is perfectly fine!
Nancy
3 years ago.
hi,
I am 5 ft tall ( so short torso) with 32D bust size. I'm new to swimming and not at all comfortable with my current (not speedo)swimwear. please help me to find the right speedo swimwear for my size. thanks.
swimoutlet.com
3 years ago.
Hi Nancy! Swim suit sizes are not standard and will vary from brand to brand and often depend on the style and materials. My best advice when choosing a suit is to compare your measurements to the sizing chart provided by the manufacturer for each suit you are interested in. Often swimmers will wear multiple sizes in different suits. We do offer suits that are specifically for D-cup and up: https://www.swimoutlet.com/d-cup-up-c14120/
Christine
4 years ago.
I am looking for a very supportive suit to do water aerobics in. Large bust...I would like the compression fit of a high impact exercise bra, but one that will hold up in the water. Is there such a bra to wear under a suit or a suit that has great support............
swimoutlet.com
4 years ago.
Hi Christine,
I would suggest a Speedo swimsuit that has the hydro bra. The hydro bra offers a high level of support with the underwire-like support without discomfort to reduce bounce and shifting for a better workout. Here are some options we offer that have this:

https://www.swimoutlet.com/p/speedo-heather-quantum-splice-one-piece-swimsuit-8138541/?color=10987

https://www.swimoutlet.com/p/speedo-jet-stream-ultraback-one-piece-swimsuit-8138544/?color=26658

https://www.swimoutlet.com/p/speedo-womens-powerflex-eco-rhythmic-wave-one-piece-swimsuit-8149357/?color=52335

https://www.swimoutlet.com/p/speedo-womens-powerflex-eco-print-quantum-splice-one-piece-swimsuit-8149356/?color=40053

Please refer to the size chart to check which would work best for you. I hope this helps!
Artemis
4 years ago.
I'm looking for a good practice suit with heavy- top support.
Body type: short trunk & curvy w/
Dimensions: 30 D/E bra (34/35 bust circumference, 27 waist and 37 low hip).

Do you have recommendations?? thanks!
swimoutlet.com
4 years ago.
Hi Artemis,
The Penbrooke Krinkle Active Back Chlorine Resistant One Piece Swimsuit (D-Cup) Product Code 45771 could work out for you. Your measurements fall into a size 10. The material is polyester which is durable and long lasting.
Barbara
4 years ago.
is there a bikini for 32DD that keeps them under wraps?
Laurel
4 years ago.
I have just started lifeguarding and I was looking at A TYR Guard Maxback Workout Bikini. I do not know what size I should get. I normally wear a xs in bikinis and I wear a 26 in practice onesies. The only size that I see is available is a xxs. I was wondering if that might still fit because I have heard that TYR runs big.
swimoutlet.com
4 years ago.
Hi Laurel,
The majority of our customer's advise the TYR Guard bikinis run true to size, therefore the XS should be your fit. I hope this helps!
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