December 10, 2021 5 min read

Swim season is here! We all know how important it is to be an informed swimmer and think about what swim outfits you wear during the summer months. This is a perfect question for a blog post. Check it out! If you're looking for a swimwear alternative, there are a few different options to choose from.

Swimwear: What to Wear When Swimming? Swimsuit, Bathing Suit or Something Else?

Is a bathing costume an essential item to have when going to the beach? Or do you have other options? 

A bathing costume is only one option for activewear. There are other swimwear options that you can dress. You should wear a bathing costume or a tankini, a two-piece bathing costume without a skirt that has a top and a bottom, or a one-piece bathing suit, which is a less restrictive option.

Both a bathing costume and a tankini have a skirt. The difference is that the skirt on a bathing costume is made of fabric and the skirt on a tankini is made of neoprene for flexibility. Some people choose to dress something else as their activewear.

What to Wear if You Don't Want to Use a Swimsuit?

A lot of people get out of shape or don't want to wear a bathing costume to the beach or in a pool. They may have weight problems or old injuries or just insecurities about their body. Here are some ideas of what you can dress in place of a swim suit.

There are a few different types of swimwear that can be a swimsuits substitute. One of these options is a tankini. It is a tank top with a skirt or shorts. This tankini is great for those who want to have coverage on their upper half but still be able to enjoy the pool. 

What Can I Use If I Don't Have a Swimsuit?

As summer approaches, many people are scrambling to find something to have to the local pool or beach. If you are one of these people, consider wearing a bathing costume that matches your favorite pair of jeans, shorts, or skirt!


For example, if you love wearing denim to the beach, instead of a swim suit, would you try rocking the denim bathing costume trend. This trendy suit is styled in the same cut like your favorite jeans. It might keep you suitably stylish in the sun and be miles away from running out of suit options.

If you don't own a bathing costume but want to continue working out in the sun, consider buying a pair of walking shorts rash guards with an elastic waistband and make sure they're lightweight enough for you to do some activity in. Another option goes to dress in athletic shorts over your swim suit, but if it's sunny enough, try working out bare-chested - just be sure to use sunscreen.

Top Swim Gear For Women

Monokini swim suit: This swimsuit contains only one item, which is a high-waisted belt-line bathing costume, rather this is the best bathing costume for women. The unique design of the low-sitting bottom allows freedom of movement while B-style allows freedom of breast. Other Monokini bathing costume styles include the Monokini Plunge and Monokini with Straps, which give you a sexier look, which will make you stand out for most of the girls.

Swimwear: Good swim activewear for women not only looks good but should also be comfortable and functional as well as being appropriate to dress in a bathing facility. Also, good swimsuits for a woman should have a good bottom because a woman’s proportions should harmonize, regardless of age.

Types of Swim Accessories

swimming suit

There are several types of swim accessories that people use to be comfortable and relaxed. Some of them are:

  • Goggles- This is a swimming accessory that is worn over the eyes. These goggles can be of two types:
  • Myopia- These goggles reduce the blur and strain in the vision.
  • Fins- These are usually used in water sports such as diving and underwater bathing. The fins help you to propel yourself by kicking and circulating water.
  • Snorkels- These are available in two forms:
  • Regular and
  • Rebreather (See Through).
  • Bathing Caps

To Sum Things Up

One of the most important things to know about activewear is to make sure you don't wear it in the pool. Not wearing swimsuits in the pool can be a really embarrassing experience and will likely get you kicked out. 

A swimsuit is only one option for swimwear. You do have other swimwear options that you can wear. You could have a bathing costume or a tankini, a two-piece bathing costume without a skirt that has a top and a bottom, or a one-piece bathing costume, which is a less restrictive option.

Commonly Asked Questions

What Activewear Did People Dress To Swimming Before Swimsuits?

In the old days, people simply swam naked. This was before the advent of swimwear. In the late 1800s, girls began to cover themselves down below. They wore wool bathing bloomers. Finally, in 1913, a new type of swimwear was invented. The swimming suit of the time, the new body-covering swimwear was a plain white tunic, a fairly new style for land wear, which was new at the time.

Originally a two-piece garment that was more of a halter style top and a pair of shorts that was fairly limited in movement, this early version of a swimsuit was not the bikini.

If you want to go to the beach and not be restricted to one type of clothing, get a cool men's swimsuit that's cut like your favorite jeans, shorts, or skirt!

Can You Use A Bra As A Swimwear?

If you do insist on dressing a bra to the beach or somewhere else you are able to go in the water, be aware that you are taking the risk of destroying your bra in the water. Also, if your bra's color bleeds, you won't know you are bleeding, because your bra hides it away! 

However, you may want to continue dressing your bra to the beach, just in case. When using clear bras, you can place one in your beach bag in case your bra starts to show signs of fading in the sun. Did you know that Victoria's secret stop making swimsuits? Yes, but bra's are still out there. I recommend trying one as they are number one brand in this area. 

What Clothes To Use To The Beach Travel If You Are Fat?

Dress in loose-fitting lightweight shades that will not get caught on your body. Do wear clothing that has flat seams and doesn't fly up in the breeze. Wear a bathing costume top and bottom of the same color. Long skirts or pants and a shirt with a vest or jacket are classy and work well. Avoid anything see-through and skintight. Wear clothes that will fit your plus-size figure.

What Shorts Can You Use For Bathing?

There is three short swimwear you can dress in for swimming. These are cotton shorts, Men's swim trunks, and Men's swim shorts.

Some people have cotton shorts when they go swimming. Men's swim trunks are rarer than Men's swim shorts. But if you want to go swimming in the pool, Men's swim trunks are not the best choice because they will get your legs wet. 

Cotton shorts are not good for swimming or water sports, so you need Men's swim shorts. They are made out of firmer material, and they are shorter, which means they are more appropriate for water sports.

Author - Fred Felton
Fred Felton          

Content Creator / Editor

Fred Felton is a copywriter, editor and social media specialist based in Durban, South Africa. He has over 20 years of experience in creating high end content. He has worked with some of the biggest brands in the world. Currently Fred specialises in the adventure watersports space, focussing on surf, kayak and rafting. He is also a keynote speaker and has presented talks and workshops in South Africa.

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