While some of our daughters are rocking the teeny bikini this summer, others are more interested in athletic two-piece swimsuits that let them be as active in the pool or on the beach as they’d like. It turns out it’s a little harder to find stylish but hard-working athletic bikinis for teens than we had thought!
Maybe your kids are more modest, maybe they spend their time playing beach volleyball or body surfing, or maybe they just want a swimsuit that will keep up with them — literally! — whatever they’re doing this summer. In which case, I hope you love what we’ve found for you, inspired by a search for some of our own girls.
I think these 8 athletic two-piece swimsuits for teens will help them feel their most comfortable in and out of the pool.
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8 fantastic athletic two-piece swimsuits for teens
We’re all about tie-dye this year, and fortunately, so are a lot of designers. This strappy tie-dye two piece athletic swimsuit at Target (shown here paired with a high-waist bikini bottom) has the support of a sports bra built into a bikini top. Check out that cool back, too!
The double straps you see on the front cross over to a racer back and straight, adjustable straps for just the right amount of support.
($22.99/ea piece, Target)
This cute Draper James x Lands End athletic two-piece has excellent coverage without looking like a swim team uniform. (Not that there’s anything wrong with a swim team uniform!) It has soft cups in the bralette top, but they’re removable. And the fabric has SPF coverage built in.
But maybe the best feature is that every purchase of this swimsuit gives back to Girls, Inc. Maybe get one in each pattern? The gingham is cute too.
($43 on sale right now, Land End)
Lisa’s daughters are avid water polo players, and they certainly know their athletic swimsuits! They both say that the only two-piece swimsuit they’ve ever really felt comfortable in while they play are the Mara top combined with the Andy bikini bottoms at Jolyn, and I can see why. This suit is lined but not padded, and it’s designed to be worn as both a sports bra and a swimsuit.
Reviewers ranging from a B cup to a D cup all say the fit is perfectly snug and supportive without being too tight. And the colors! The top comes in 9 options, while the bottoms offer more than 30 vivid solids. Perfect for mixing and matching.
($32 + $28, Jolyn)
While some of our teens are ready for the women’s department, others are still in “big kid” sizes. For them, this Zella Girl pop stripe two piece athletic swimsuit is a terrific option in navy, purple, or black. It goes up to a 16, and our teens love the styling and the fun rainbow band.
For an ultra sporty look, this TYR Sport athletic workout bikini is spot-on. It’s designed to fit most body types thanks to an adjustable drawstring on the bottoms. Customers who have bought this say it’s great for bodies with small chests, all the way up to size G. In fact, it’s the suit many pro athletes use, and it’s designed to hold up to any athletic activity with maximum comfort.
Just know that the sizes are a little limited depending on the color you choose, so if you see one you love, grab it.
($35 and up, Amazon)
Athleta is a great go-to site for teens who prefer athletic two-piece swimsuits to string bikinis, and I think this conscious crop athletic style bikini top is a smart choice. It will absolutely stay put with its stylish high neck and racerback design — but it gives you some midriff so girls won’t feel as covered up as they might in a tankini.
I love that you can pair it with board shorts (Liz talked about her daughter doing just that here), these cool wave break swim shorts, or a classic bikini bottom depending on your mood and style. And the top is fashionable enough that you can just slide into some cut-offs and wear it to grab a quick lunch somewhere casual.
($59/top only, Athleta)
Yes, teens can have both sporty functionality and style in a bikini, as we’re seeing, and the cutouts along the hips of this sporty two-piece at Target are so on trend. The top is fully adjustable, with a drawstring closure on the back to provide a nice, full-coverage fit in front. Plus the price is terrific.
For another fashionable look that’s highly functional, this twist-front bikini at Target is a great choice. Click through to see the back, and I bet you’ll agree it gives you style coming and going! It’s so cute while still providing a lot of support and coverage up top, and I like it paired with either the full-coverage high waist bikini (shown here with the flattering ruching on the top) or this skirtini bottom. It’s another look that could easily transition to shopping or a walk around town, with that fun top that mimics a tie-top crop-top.
And you know how we feel about crop tops these days! Even if you’re not a teen.