The best stay-put bikinis for water sports

You'll want to check these out if you've ever been caught with your top off


There’s probably nothing more embarrassing than resurfacing from a duck dive only to find that your bikini top is still underwater--without you in it. Yep, we’ve all been caught red-handed (or should I say bare chested?) with inferior suits while surfing or wake boarding, which is why we recruited swimwear blogger Rebekah Steen of Goldfish Kiss to determine the best stay-put suits of the season. The results are in: these four no-budge bikinis will keep you covered--literally--all summer long. Here’s what Steen had to say about them:

1. Calavera’s Siren top and bottom

All photos by Rebekah Steen

All photos by Rebekah Steen

Designer Anna Jerstrom really is quite the 'kini innovator.

Stay-put points: The cross-back, lace top with double ties at the chest doesn’t budge an inch. The internal drawstring on the front of the bottoms makes them virtually duck-dive proof, without giving you a muffin top.

Style points: In spite of never budging, this bikini is super comfy, has great fabric, and the top has a fun underwire illusion look I haven’t seem in a sporty top. Add on some perfect cheeky bottoms, and I’m a huge fan.


2. Mia Ola’s pin-up top and striped boyshort


This new line out of Costa Rica has some serious gems.

Stay-put points: The pin-up top has adjustable cross-back straps, but no ties. Put it on, get things situated--it’s not moving. The striped boyshort bottoms have a drawstring on the side, which helps keep things in place.

Style points: The top has skinny straps and is so comfy and supportive I’ve also been wearing it as a bra (that I also don’t mind people seeing under tank tops). The bright retro striped boy shorts are so stinking cute and super flattering on the booty.


3. Sensi’s Sicily top and Lynelle bottom


If you are a kite boarder (like designer Sensi Graves), you go fast. You fall. You make suits that stay put.

Stay-put points: No ties and a thick band under the bustline of the Sicily top make this top the most supportive of the bunch. But it never digs in your shoulders or moves … and can also double as a sports bra. I’m fascinated.

Style points: This is a super-flattering top, and I love the strappy back detail. I’m also a fan of the simply cut bottoms with little cut-outs on the sides. And the print rocks. Mega bonus points: Whenever I wear this top, my husband says, “Oh, I like that one.” Gracias, Sensi.


Roxy Outdoor Fitness’ Wave Ready top and bottom


Two enthusiastic thumbs up for this little neoprene number.

Stay-put points: It’s a neoprene bikini. This beauty is made to stick to your bod. There are no ties, but it stays put. I’ve never worn a neoprene bikini before, and it was quite amazing.

Style points:  A virtually seamless construction leaves you no muffin top or bulges, plus something about it is super-slimming and uplifting. Also, the only other neoprene bikini I can find costs around $500, so this is quite a deal. Plus if it’s chilly, your chest and buns will be warm. High five.

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