This is a short novel about struggling to find that perfect ‘tomboy’ swimsuit. Just kidding! About the novel— not the struggling part. All the clothes mentioned are linked to an online shop in case you want to grab ‘em right away!
Tomboys and women’s swimwear. An oxymoron? Feels like it. Women’s mainstream swimwear seems to go against what we like wearing, and feel comfortable in (what’s with that extra string? this will totally fall off if I do a cannonball). Firstly I have to say that I’ve seen tomboys/ butch-identifying women completely love and embrace wearing bikinis/ other feminine swimwear; I’m not saying tomboys don’t. But I am aware that a lot of tomboys, including me, prefer not to, and struggle to find alternatives to feminine swimwear that is still sold in the women’s section. Specifically, today I’m talking about the top + short combo, because it’s simple and comfortable for all swimming occasions—beach, pool, athletics, etc.
Let’s start off with the types of swimwear available in the women’s section. here’s a screenshot I took from Kohl’s website:
As you can see, the most appealing in terms of tomboy style seem to be athletic, tankini, rash-guards, shorts, and one-pieces. Personally, I’m a fan of matching an athletic top with women’s board shorts (shorter and more form-fitting than men’s) Example of this simple combo:
1. Athletic bra/swim top by Nike, 2. Loose boardshort by Adidas, 3. Fitting boardshort by Hurley.
My other favorite picks of tops and shorts: 1, 2, 3
Zappos.com is a good place to start browsing for stylish boardshorts. From there, you can look at swim/surf/skate brands like Volcom and Hurley, also personal favorites. Surprisingly, Adidas and Nike don’t have a lot of tomboy style swimwear on their websites, but you can find them elsewhere.
Alternative types of tops:
1. Long-sleeved rashguard by Tommy Bahama, 2. Short-sleeved rashguard by Body Glove, 3. Tankini by Nautica, 4. Striped tankini by Nautica.
And saving the best for last… I introduce you to Marimacho swimwear!! Swimwear for bois, tomboys, genderqueer fashion, and so on. I can go on about how much I like their mission, but you should check them out for yourself. Peek of their outfit:
Hope this gave you motivation to look for that right tomboy swimwear for you. While researching I’ve also found an outfit that I like and feel comfortable in—yay! Let me know if you particularly enjoyed this post/ if you know of any brands that cater to tomboy swimwear!