Swimming is fun and offers great low-impact health benefits. REI now offers a good swimwear selection online and in stores, especially for anyone who is interested in triathlons. This article provides a basic look at your choices.
For casual wear or water exercise, 2-piece suits and 1-piece, scoop-back suits are fine. For lap swimming or racing, 1-piece racer-back suits are best.
Suits should fit snugly but not too tightly. If the straps dig into your shoulders, try a larger size. If you see extra folds or wrinkles of fabric on the torso, try a size smaller. Here are the basic options:
One-piece suits: Racer-back suits will allow your shoulders optimal freedom of movement and will ensure the straps won't slip or fall down while you're swimming. Some suits offer a more modest leg cut.
Two-piece suits: These work well for casual wear, water exercise and beach sports. Some feature a cropped top, while others have a longer tank to cover the torso. Because they're not as streamlined as one-piece suits, they're not best for lap swimming.
Legsuits: These full-body suits have a high neck and cover the thighs for less resistance and drag in the water.