How to Choose the right High Performance Swimwear for your Body Type

Nova Swimwear 6th Jul 2016

Choosing the right swimwear is not only about looking your best by the pool, especially if it’s for training or competitive use. Apart from increasing comfort during your time in the swimming pool, selecting the right high performance swimwear to suit your body type can also improve your competitive edge. Not all sporting swimwear is alike however, and different body shapes will benefit from different types of apparel.

See below for a brief guide on how to choose the gear for your body type:

For women


Everyone is different, and that not only applies to our body shape, but our likes and tastes as well. If you’re looking to purchase some new high performance swimwear, here are some helpful tips:

  • Short or Long Torsos: When you find the range that catches your eye, it’s worth remembering that if you have a short torso in proportion to your legs, a swimsuit that accentuates litheness is best. If you have a longer torso, one-piece swimsuits or bikinis with high-cut legs will help to give the impression of longer legs.
  • Large Bust or Small Bust: Thankfully nowadays, women of all bust sizes are catered for even in high performance swimwear such as ours. For those with a large bust, swimwear with wide straps and a straight cut across the top will help to minimise the bust area. If you have a smaller bust, you may wish to opt for triangle-shaped cups or bikinis with a tie-front to add curves and enhance your cleavage.
  • For men


  • Short and Athletic: Short and athletic men can choose brief style or high leg cut swimwear.
  • Tall and Athletic: Tall and athletic men are usually advised to opt for baggy shorts, but in the case of high performance swimwear, function has to take precedence over form, so it is best to select something similar but made for competitive use.
  • Tall and Big: For men who are tall and big, long shorts will look best, but again, this should not be at the sacrifice of your competitiveness in the pool; high performance versions of this are more ideal.
  • No matter what your body shape is, there is swimwear available to suit. The quick guides above are a great place to start in finding the high performance swimwear that not only improves your competitive times in the pool, but also make you feel comfortable as well.

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