We Found Functional Yet Trendy Swimwear For You, All Under INR 1,000

Ten-Second Takeaway

Oh the summer is here and how! And in a city like ours, there’s only one way to keep cool — dive into swimming pools, naturally! But if you want to make a workout of it, then no point sauntering to the pool in a skimpy bikini. I hardly think the rest of the folks will want to witness a wardrobe malfunction eh {OK, creeps, don’t say yes!}. So here’s where to you can go to get functional yet trendy swim suits — from one-piece to tankinis, and yes, a few sturdy two-pieces as well. And the best part, they’re all under INR 1,000.


Speedo Store

Whitefield, Bangalore

If you shop at this top-favourite swimwear store, you can’t really go wrong. And what I love best here is that they stay well on trend without compromising on fit, comfort and of course, technology. If you’re looking for functional, then they have a range of simple one-piece suits in different colours for the ladies, and trunks for the lads. But if you up your budget a bit, then tankinis, bikinis and surfer shorts will be available to you. Our suggestion though? Keep it simple for the summer time.

Price: INR 699 upwards

Forever 21

Forever 21

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Mix and match is the way to go here, but I must confess, most of the functional options here are bikinis. So if you’re comfortable enough to wear it at your apartment pool, then who’s to stop you! From sporty ones to more stylish yet sturdy, pair the bikini tops with choice of shorts, bikini briefs or strings {OK, not so ideal for functionality}. They have some one-piece ones with low cuts, but they more than do the job if you’re lapping the pool as a work out – I tried.

Price: INR 399 upwards for bikini separates, and INR 999 upwards for one-piece.



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From one-piece cutaway suits to the on-piece shorts, Decthalon will sort you out with a swimsuit no matter what your style. They even have ones with skirts if you’re going old-school or you are heading off for a competition, then long aqua-biking leggings to help your speed. While there’s stuff for kids and babies too, men can pick from surfer shorts or trunks – both mini and knee-length ones.

Price: INR 399 upwards



Shivaji Nagar, Bangalore

The go-to store for most women, for at least 20 years, this one is a bit of a favourite, though it’s not branded at all. But when there’s retro bikinis, skimpy ones, one-pieces {my favourites!}, monokinis {my second favourite!}, long sleeves, and skirted bottoms, what’s not to love. So, ladies, whether you’re pear-shaped, apple bottomed or any other kind of fruit, you’ll find something to suit yourself here. And the prices start at just INR 300 so maybe even buy a few for the whole summer.

Price: INR 300

#LBBTip: They have some pretty risqué ones too if you’re looking to spice up the weekend getaway.

Hatrick Sports

Hatrick Sports

New BEL Road, Bangalore

This one on New BEL Road is an old Bangalore favourite. Ruling the roost when it came to sportswear and equipment well before the fancy brands came in, you’ll only find functional stuff here. Simple cuts, basic colours {possibly just black, blue and perhaps a few reds and purples} and one-piece swimming costumes for women, and shorts and trunks for men. But that said, you can’t go wrong with this can you?

Price: INR 500 upwards

Rakhra Sports

Rakhra The Sports House

Malleswaram, Bangalore

Well known to all old Bangaloreans, Rakhra will sort you out for any sport — from hockey to shot putt. So swimming is obviously one of them. You won’t get any fancy stuff here, but if you’re looking for quality on a budget, this is where to head to.

Price: INR 400 upwards