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I Love Swim Shorts

Updated on March 25, 2016

When I was graduating from college and had big dreams, I dreamed of donning a bikini as my daily uniform and living on a boat!

My goal was simple - sunshine, water and comfort. As I have aged, the idea of the bikini has become less appealing and the need for comfort at the water's edge has become a priority.

Today I visit the lakefront and the swimming pool for both recreation and for work and yet the options for apparel haven't evolved much until recently.

Imagine an athletic styled bikini, a swim short. Yes, they DO exist and they are gaining in popularity. This innovative piece of apparel offers many great styles to choose from.


Water Sports Such as Kayaking Need Swim Shorts

kayaking needs swim shorts
kayaking needs swim shorts | Source

Jaclyn Smith Swim Shorts at Sears

Classic Swim Short - Basic Black Swim Shorts for Women - Tropical Escape  Women's Swim Shorts
Classic Swim Short - Basic Black Swim Shorts for Women - Tropical Escape Women's Swim Shorts | Source
Draw String at the Waist Swim Short - Grey and Bright Pink Swim Short for Women
Draw String at the Waist Swim Short - Grey and Bright Pink Swim Short for Women | Source

Swim Shorts Verses Board Shorts

Boardshorts (occasionally in British English, swim shorts) are a style of men's[1] and, recently, women's[2] summerwear. T


A swimsuit, bathing suit, swimming costume, tog, bathers, or cossie (short for "costume") is an item of clothing designed to be worn by men, women or children while they are engaging in a water-based activity or water sports, such as swimming, water polo, diving, surfing, water skiing, or during activities in the sun, such as sun bathing.

Take a dive into swim fitness fashion with me and see what Jaclyn Smith and Eddie Bauer have crafted for new swimming pool garments. Take our poll and tell us what you think about this new fashion trend.

Is swim fitness really coming into its own uniform at long last? Or is this just a style to appease an unfit populace? Do only the older set prefer this garment or is this a trend that has lasting power?

We will explore five different types of swim shorts:

  • classic swim short
  • draw string on the waist
  • draw string on the thigh
  • classic board short
  • skort (appearing similar to a skirt)

Why is a swim short better than the swim dress of yesteryear? Because the swim short is made and design and even appears to be geared toward being active. After all, swim fitness and water sports are activities that demand movement. My mother's swim skirt was great for the pool deck but it doesn't do the job for discretion when you are active in the water. What fitness instructor would be up on deck with a swim skirt? What surfer have you seen wearing a skort? There is a real need for a true swim short.

Swimwear Types

  • Swim Shorts loose fitting
  • Swim Shorts compression type
  • Jammers - resemble cycling shorts but made for the water
  • Board Shorts
  • Bikini
  • Tank
  • Racerback

Swim Shorts

Matching Blue and White Swim Shorts and Rash Guard Shirt - Classic Swim Short
Matching Blue and White Swim Shorts and Rash Guard Shirt - Classic Swim Short
Black Swim Shorts with Draw Ties at the Thigh
Black Swim Shorts with Draw Ties at the Thigh
Swim Shorts - Sun Protection by Solartex
Swim Shorts - Sun Protection by Solartex | Source

Sport of Swim Fitness Awaiting Its Own Uniform

Swimming is a sport that should be appreciated for all its special benefits and not just for looks alone.

Is the sport of swimming shunned because of the bikini clad visions?

Or is the sport of swimming simply awaiting to have its own official sports uniform that the "athletic-want-a-be" can adorn?

Am I alone in this crusade? I don't believe so, check out some of the reviews from actual customers who appreciate this new and updated styling:



Great Customer Quotes About Swim Shorts

"These shorts are fun, great in the water and they hide all the less desirable parts of hips and thighs. Love them."


"These are great for those of us over 30 and battle the "hide the thigh" issue"

Swim Shorts - A Start of a Great Thing

The creation or the marriage of board shorts with the swim suit, ala the swim short may be the start of a great thing. Change is often thwarted by the traditions we have established. Looking to the future, if we analyze the benefits of this new garment and it implications for setting the stage for a true swim fitness uniform, we see something more than a garment, we see walls and barriers being broken down. We can see an industry that others flock to because they can understand the many benefits of water exercise and now feel liberated that water aerobics is more than 70 year old grandmothers and therapy. Swim fitness offers Aqua Zumba, Kickboxing, Calisthenics and much more. Swim fitness is not your mother's water fitness program - there is now so much more!

Eddie Bauer Miraclesuit (r) Swim Short

Eddie Bauer Miraclesuit (r) Swim Short
Eddie Bauer Miraclesuit (r) Swim Short | Source
swim suite with swim short in black with hot pink design
swim suite with swim short in black with hot pink design

Sources for Board Shorts/Swim Shorts

Some companies which have specialized in creating board shorts for surfers for many years are:

Apparel Retailers Offering Swim Shorts

Swimming Gear/Apparel Online Retailers

Surfing Gear Online Retailers

"Common sense is genius dressed in its working clothes."
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Sources for Swim Shorts and Board Shorts

Board shorts could perhaps be best described as the precursor of the swim short. It should come as no surprise that Eddie Bauer leads the innovation for women's clothing. Eddie Bauer was started in 1920 in Seattle, Washington by a real outdoor's man. Today Eddie Bauer continues to be an innovator and early adopter for outdoors sports. Eddie Bauer's own website starts its "About us" web page with the opening word of "innovation":

"Innovation, quality and an appreciation of the outdoors: The passions of our founder, Eddie Bauer, remain the cornerstone of the Eddie Bauer business today."


Upon close review of the swim gear retailers offering swim shorts, we have found not all swim gear retailers are offering swim shorts.

It is is the express hope of this author that this changes and the diversity of the swim shorts increases. The practicality of this new apparel combined with a real need for an athletic uniform for swim fitness and water sports is long over due. To quote one of the world's greatest writers about innovation and early adapters:

"The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man." -George Bernard Shaw


So to this end, the author continues to aim to be the "unreasonable man" and actively seek for a swim fitness uniform that is both stylist, comfortable and unique to the field of water sports and swim fitness.The backbone of this new uniform is a stylist swim short.

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Which Style of the Swim Short Do You Like Best?

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"She got her looks from her father.



He's a plastic surgeon."
Groucho Marx

"The expression a woman wears on her face is more important than the clothes she wears on her back."
Dale Carnegie

"A woman whose smile is open and whose expression is glad has a kind of beauty no matter what she wears."
Anne Roiphe


Fashion Sense Combines Common Sense = Swim Short

Beauty should come from within. It is a joy, an energy, a connection to others. Exercise can promote this beauty. The garments we wear for exercise should be first lead by function and then by form.

Swim fitness can evolve into an exercise program that is for all ages and all sizes and all people. If the clothing is an obstacle to taking swim fitness to the next level, then the clothing must evolve.

A fitness uniform that includes a swim short is a great place to start this new paradigm for the old fashioned word of "water aerobics".

Take your fitness program to a new level, try incorporating swim fitness in your workout routine.

Check out the many swimming apparel options and marvel at the wonder of water exercise and enjoy the comfort of the new piece of apparel called the swim short.

Water Sports Need Swim Shorts

water sports such as paddle boarding needs swim suits not Easter rabbit costumes
water sports such as paddle boarding needs swim suits not Easter rabbit costumes | Source

Rabbit Outfit or Swim Shorts

OK, all kidding included, which outfit would you prefer to wear out on the water? (Somehow the pink ears work for me but the vest I find all wrong!)

The bunny rabbit outfit or stylish swim shorts that offer functionality and performance?

Do you own swim shorts?

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© 2013 Kelly Kline Burnett

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