We already know what you’re thinking: “Swimsuits…with sleeves?” But trust us when we say it’s really not as crazy as it sounds. Surfers are already super familiar with long-sleeved suits (or rash guards, as they call them) to prevent any friction from the board when it’s too hot to wear a full wetsuit, and this year, they are making their way into the mainstream market (see: us normies who can’t ride the waves) as a fresh silhouette to try at the beach this summer. Plus, these suits are a great solution for those who burn easily that refuse to do the ol’ T-shirt-in-the-pool situation. (We don’t blame you.) So, are you convinced yet? Here’s 12 ways you can sport the long-sleeved swimsuit trend this summer.
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Just because the cut is sporty doesn’t mean it can’t be pretty! We’re obsessed with this watercolor pastel-print shirt by Insight ($93) (which you can pair with practically any black bottoms), this purple floral one-piece from Free People ($148), and this seafoam mixed print O’Neill onesie ($65).
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If you can’t quite get on board with being fully covered all day long, a cutout mesh swimsuit offers the best of both worlds. Michi makes a “shocking blue epic bodysuit” (seriously, it’s called that) with splashes of mesh in all the right places ($325). But if you’re willing to show more skin, Minimale Animale’s barely-there sheer rash guard ($185) or Skye & Staghorn’s graphic top might do the trick ($130).
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If you really want to make a statement poolside, we highly suggest these eye-catching graphic long-sleeve pieces. Our favorite bold look definitely has to be this faux-bustier print patchwork number by Seea ($143) (seriously, can we just wear this IRL?), but we also love this mod black, white and coral Trina Turk two-piece ($72) and this futuristic ’80s-inspired-grid rash guard by Suboo ($118).
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Ah, we love any reason to color-block, and lucky for us, long-sleeved suits lend themselves beautifully to this trend. For just a touch of brightness, try Seea’s neon sleeve rash guard ($68), and for full-on color, go for Roxy’s cropped teal top ($48) or Cynthia Rowley’s muted jewel-tone wetsuit ($210).