Oakley Halo Sport Bra and Hipster Bottom $156, Oakley.com –
A mesh lining promotes breathability in this sporty-inspired two-piece that plays with bold indigo. –
Best for: If you’re tough on your suits, the Lycra-blend material stands up well to wear and tear. Tyr Solid Reversible Diamondfit $70, Tyrsport.com –
Get more yardage out of a single suit with this classic training style with bold color pairings (opt for hot pink or a bright blue) and a durable nylon- spandex blend. –
Best for: More modest? This suit offers generous coverage, with a lower cut at the hips. Zoot Ultra Training Top and Bottom $60, Zootsports.com –
Zoot’s take on the little black two-piece is punctuated with pink stitching and a matching drawstring. –
Best for: Frequent swimmers will appreciate the chlorine-resistant material that the brand claims lasts 20 times longer than ordinary spandex. Speedo Endurance Lite Mesh Sport Back $78, Speedousa.com –
This all-around supportive training suit features a more conservative leg
cut and more ample backside coverage. –
Best for: Women with bigger chests get extra support from a built-in mesh sports bra. Jolyn Triangle Top and Printed Brazilian Brief Top ($25)
Brief ($30) Jolynclothing.com –
The top’s sexy tie-back strap design fits varying torso volumes and chest sizes, and the bikini bottom is cut to offer less-is-more backside coverage. –
Best for: Those who like a “barely there” feel in their training swimwear. Carve Designs Cali Convertible Top and St. Barth Bottom Top ($44)
Bottom ($42) Zappos.com, Carvedesigns.com –
Whimsical polka-dots inject some retro fun into swim workouts. Stay-put features include a hook closure on the top’s back strap, and adjustable shoulder straps ensure a secure fit for cup sizes B–D.
Best for: Women who like medium coverage will appreciate the bottom’s generous backside cut and the fuller triangle cut on top. Prana Marina Triangle Top and Rena Bottom $98, Prana.com –
This reversible bikini (shown in neon berry scallop and reverses into a solid orange) comes in four floral- inspired prints and features optional
hip ties and a sexy criss-crossing back tie. Sturdy straps and molded cups offer solid support. –
Best for: The triangle cut top is ideal for women with smaller to medium-sized chests who seek a flattering suit with just enough support. Betty Designs Snakeskin Bikini $100, Bettydesigns.com –
This active apparel company’s motto is “runway fashion meets functional training,” and this bikini rises to the challenge. The sports bra style cut lends an athletic look, but the edgy print adds rock ‘n’ roll verve. –
Best for: A range of builds and sizes will fit this versatile style. Oakley Halo Zip-front Mio $168, Oakley.com –
With its open back, this active swimsuit looks like a two-piece from behind but offers generous coverage with sexy detailing in front. –
Best for: This playful design can carry you from open-water workout to beach time chill-out. Carve Designs Tank and Bolinas Bottom Carve Designs Tank ($54) and Bolinas Bottom ($42) Zappos.com, Carvedesigns.com –
stripes add visual interest to this tank ensemble with retro- style hipster bottoms (shorts also available). –
Best for: The fuller coverage tank and UPF 50+ material are ideal for the sun-sensitive.
Dive into training with active swim styles that reflect the season’s hottest trends: retro and floral prints, bold color-blocking and an ocean’s palette of blues.
Photographs by Chad Riley.
Hair and makeup by Antonella Annibale.
Photos: Behind The Scenes At The Triathlete Swimsuit Shoot
Meet The Model: Rachel Barnes