When the wetsuit was invented by physicist Hugh Bradner in 1952, its only purpose was to keep swimmers warm by trapping air in neoprene fabric, which acts as insulation between the water and the body. Today, wetsuits have become more stylish with bold patterns, bright colors and beautiful details. Now, you can show off your personality and style in these gorgeous wetsuits.
This wetsuit in Vaara’s signature colorblock draws the waist in to highlight an hourglass figure. Isla long-sleeve paddle suit, $250, by Vaara at net-a-porter.com
The color-blocked sleeve of this wetsuit by Flagpole creates an asymmetric look for the sporty-chic swimmer. Ronnie long-sleeve wetsuit, $395, by Flagpole at Everything But Water, 66 Newtown Lane, East Hampton
The colorful and intricate patterns of La DoubleJ.’s wetsuits provide versatility, as they can be worn alone to the beach or with a skirt to brunch. Poppy in Lycra surf suit, $380, ladoublej.com
Take a dip in this koi print, also available in kids sizes. Mila swim one-piece, $118, mott50.com
A bold, white stripe runs down the center of this Cover wetsuit to give it a sporty edge. Long-sleeved vertical stripe swimsuit, $190, coverswim.com
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