A Gender-Neutral Guide to Swimsuits

Everyone deserves to feel comfortable and confident in their swimwear. Nevertheless, shopping for it can be a daunting, stressful experience. It’s a hard task finding swimwear that’s made for different body types, let alone inclusively sized. Thankfully, this is starting to change. As more and more options become available, it’s easier to find “the one.” To help you with your search, we’ve put together a short guide on the best gender-neutral styles out there. Whether you’re androgenous presenting, non-binary, trans, or gender non-conforming, these swimsuits will help you look and feel your best.

Swim Shirts

A rash guard is the ideal gender-neutral swimwear for long days in the sun. Offering the most coverage out of any swim top will shield you from the elements. Whether you’re surfing in cold water or swimming laps in the pool, a rash guard has your back. Choose from a range of different styles to find your best fit, including short-sleeve, long sleeve, and patterned rash guards.

Get the same coverage in a looser fit with a regular swim shirt. These swim tops look identical to regular cotton tees but are made from stretchy, quick-drying fabrics. Designed to keep you comfy all day long, many swim shirts offer UV protection as well. Pop them on with any bottoms to create your desired look.

Swim Shorts

Swim shorts are classic, gender-flexible, and can be worn with just about anything. Check out both women’s swim shorts and men’s swim trunks to find a look that’s right for you.

Go for a pair with an elasticized waistband and stretchy, cling-free fabric for the most comfort. Many styles feature an inner drawstring for an adjustable fit and pockets to stash on-the-go essentials. Choose from a range of different lengths that come with or without an inner lining.

Like athletic shorts, swim shorts are breathable and fast-drying. That means you can wear them for swimming and whatever else you have planned, too. Rock them alone or pair them with a swim shirt, tankini, or bikini top for the beach and pool. For other activities, pop on a t-shirt or button-up and your favorite sandals, sneakers, or slides.

Swim Skirts

A swim skirt is a great option for folks who want to feminize their look. These swim bottoms offer similar coverage to swim shorts with a looser, flowy design. The elasticized waistband ensures a secure fit, and many styles come with an attached panty for extra comfort and coverage. Mix and match yours with any swim top to create different looks.

For a more modest look, you can’t go wrong with a swim dress. This stylish option offers full coverage and great style. There are plenty of designs to choose from too. From square neck and sweetheart necklines to strapless styles, it’s easy to find just what you need.

Scoop Neck Swim Tops

If you love the look and feel of a sports bra, then a scoop neck bikini top is for you. Breathable, comfy, and supportive, these swim tops will be your new go-to for the water. The higher neckline provides plenty of coverage.

There are also varying levels of support available depending on your needs. A compression swim top is ideal for minimizing your chest, for example. To enjoy the most customizable fit, pick a style with adjustable straps.

Scoop neck bikini tops are made for the sun and sand, but you can wear them as casual tops, too. They look great paired with shorts, for example, or sweatpants, jeans, and skirts. Layer yours under a button-up shirt or wear it under biker shorts to the gym.

Mastectomy Swimsuits

If feeling your best includes swim prosthesis, then mastectomy swimsuits are for you. A mastectomy tankini top is a great choice for the beach or pool. This separate can be worn with any bottoms to create the look you want. It features secure pockets for inserts and a high neckline for coverage. From modest to bold, there’s one to suit your style.

Mastectomy swimsuits also come in one-piece styles. Cut in a simple, modest silhouette, these swimsuits feature a higher neckline and armholes than regular swimsuits. They also have prosthesis pockets to keep your inserts secure. Now you can enjoy ample coverage and sun protection.

Swimsuit Coverups

If you’re planning a long day of activities, coverups are your best friend. These lightweight garments are easy to throw in your beach bag to take to the beach or pool. Pop yours on whenever you need the extra coverage or want to give your skin a break from the sun. Terrycloth is a great fabric choice for water activities. It provides the softness of your favorite towel and the comfort of a lived-in hoodie. To stay cool in extra hot weather, go for a cotton coverup in a flowy kaftan design. You could also keep it simple with a men’s T-shirt.

These swimsuit styles offer the best in coverage, comfort, and style. You deserve to look and feel your best and to get the best gear for peace of mind. At Lands’ End, you’ll always find high-quality swimwear made for long-lasting wear. Shop our collection for a wide range of sizes, styles, and designs. We’ve got everything you need to enjoy the sun without sacrificing your comfort, confidence, and gender expression. 


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