This Summer's Game-Changing Swimsuit

28 ways the long-sleeve swimsuit will change your life!

Bikini's may have had their day in the sun with the slew of long-sleeve swimwear hitting the market this summer. Not only are they sexy, slimming and functional, but they also prove a SunSmart option for every age. Here's 28 styles to shop now - and why you very well should!

23 Jan 2017 By Emma-Charlotte Bangay

There comes a choice in every woman’s life – should the bikini stay, or should it go? Coming into summer 2016/2017 I am still divided – as is my swimwear fabric. But I can’t argue that – although I still have two-piece swimmers on extremely high-rotation – the dial is definitely being turned up to 11 when it comes to fuller coverage on the swimwear front.

Long-sleeve swimmers are everywhere – from Elle McPherson to Rihanna to Beyonce – all the babes are rocking a full-coverage style for sea and poolside soirees. Historically only popular for surfer girls and the lifeguard set, now these long-sleeve rash styles have been adopted by the fashion fraternity and it’s easy to see why.

Sexy

There is something to be said about the structure that long-sleeve styles offer. A full shoulder and sleeve deliver a stronger torso silhouette – this I have really noticed – and the zip-front styles prove incredibly sexy with bikini top underneath. With a little cleavage showing, you get all the support – and none of the sun damage – with a sneak peak of sass!

Slimming

Many long-sleeve styles are made of neoprene or wetsuit material which sucks in and slims in all the right places! The long sleeve lengthens and covers any less-toned upper arm areas, and the seams in the heavy fabric can hold in tummies and upper hip areas to perfection.

Functional

Say sayonara to all those wardrobe malfunctions when you’re in the surf. The long-sleeve style leaves no room for guesswork when it comes to coverage and full-conceal – rather than reveal – when you need it most. Run after those toddlers, paddle out to that second break and complete that extra ocean lap without a slither of worry you may be showing more than you suspect!

Sun Safe

Another big win for the long-sleeve swimwear style is the extra coverage it offers. As you age, skin tone isn’t as even as it used to be, so the fact that the sun damaged decolletage and arm area is concealed is a big plus! On the flip side, you can rest assured you won’t be suffering from sunburn on any of these areas this summer. Sun smart, sexy, functional and fashion forward? Yes indeed!

Here are our favourite 24 long-sleeve swim styles to shop this summer!

Prints

This Summer's Game-Changing Swimsuit: SS16 - Cynthia Rowley Rainbow Tweed Wetsuit

Cynthia Rowley Rainbow Tweed Wetsuit, $376, available at ASOS.

This Summer's Game-Changing Swimsuit: SS16 - Roxy Women's Pop Surf 1mm Long Sleeve Springsuit

Roxy Women’s Pop Surf 1mm Long Sleeve Springsuit, $159.99, available at The Iconic.

This Summer's Game-Changing Swimsuit: SS16 - Roxy Visual Touch LS Onesie Kiki Daze Cream

Roxy Visual Touch LS Onesie Kiki Daze Cream, $119.99, available at SurfStitch.

This Summer's Game-Changing Swimsuit: SS16 - Cynthia Rowley Colorblock Wetsuit

Cynthia Rowley Colorblock Wetsuit, $326.79, available at Shopbop.

This Summer's Game-Changing Swimsuit: SS16 - Cynthia Rowley Floral Wetsuit

Cynthia Rowley Floral Wetsuit, $376, available at ASOS.

This Summer's Game-Changing Swimsuit: SS16 - Brigitte Foliage Long Sleeved Swimsuit

Brigitte Foliage Long Sleeved Swimsuit, $319, available at Farfetch.

This Summer's Game-Changing Swimsuit: SS16 - The Upside Bamboo Spacer Paddle Suit

The Upside Bamboo Spacer Paddle Suit, $299, available at The Iconic.

This Summer's Game-Changing Swimsuit: SS16 - O'Neill Stylee One Piece

O’Neill Stylee One Piece, $119.99, available at SurfStitch.

Monochrome

This Summer's Game-Changing Swimsuit: SS16 - Rip Curl G Bomb LS UV Surf Rash Suit

Rip Curl G Bomb LS UV Surf Rash Suit, $99.99, available at SurfStitch.

This Summer's Game-Changing Swimsuit: SS16 - Roxy Women's Pop Surf Long Sleeve Bikini Springsuit Wetsuit

Roxy Women’s Pop Surf Long Sleeve Bikini Springsuit Wetsuit, $99.99, available at The Iconic.

This Summer's Game-Changing Swimsuit: SS16 - Duskii La Kasbah Surf Suit

Duskii La Kasbah Surf Suit, $300, available at Farfetch.

This Summer's Game-Changing Swimsuit: SS16 - Lygia & Nanny Lace Longsleeved Swimsuit

Lygia & Nanny Lace Longsleeved Swimsuit, $299 now $149, available at Farfetch.

This Summer's Game-Changing Swimsuit: SS16 - The Upside Jungle Shibori-Print Performance Paddle Suit

The Upside Jungle Shibori-Print Performance Paddle Suit, $225, available at Matches Fashion.

This Summer's Game-Changing Swimsuit: SS16 - Sunseeker Zip Up Rash Vest

Sunseeker Zip Up Rash Vest, $99.95, available at David Jones.

This Summer's Game-Changing Swimsuit: SS16 - Roxy Women's Roxy Essentials Long Sleeve Rash Vest

Roxy Women’s Roxy Essentials Long Sleeve Rash Vest, $69.99, available at The Iconic.

This Summer's Game-Changing Swimsuit: SS16 - O'Neill Voda 2.0 Surfsuit

O’Neill Voda 2.0 Surfsuit, $119.99, available at SurfStitch.

Rashies

This Summer's Game-Changing Swimsuit: SS16 - Brigitte Cropped Top and Hot Pants Set

Brigitte Cropped Top and Hot Pants Set, $303, available at Farfetch.

This Summer's Game-Changing Swimsuit: SS16 - Stella McCartney Stripe Rash Guard

Stella McCartney Stripe Rash Guard, $410.23, available at Shopbop.

This Summer's Game-Changing Swimsuit: SS16 - Roxy Women's Castaway Floral Knotted Crop Rash Vest

Roxy Women’s Castaway Floral Knotted Crop Rash Vest, $59.99, available at The Iconic.

This Summer's Game-Changing Swimsuit: SS16 - Anna&Boy Stripe Rashie

Anna & Boy Stripe Rashie, $89.95 now $45, available at General Pants.

This Summer's Game-Changing Swimsuit: SS16 - Mikoh Lowers Rash Guard

Mikoh Lowers Rash Guard, $155.75, available at Shopbop.

This Summer's Game-Changing Swimsuit: SS16 - Salt Gypsy High-Neck Cropped Performance Rash-Guard Top

Salt Gypsy High-Neck Cropped Performance Rash-Guard Top, $111, available at Matches Fashion.

This Summer's Game-Changing Swimsuit: SS16 - BONDS Swim Hipster Rashie

BONDS Swim Hipster Rashie, $59.95 now $30, available at BONDS.

This Summer's Game-Changing Swimsuit: SS16 - Roxy Women's Japanese Stamp Long Sleeve Rash Vest

Roxy Women’s Japanese Stamp Long Sleeve Rash Vest, $59.99, available at The Iconic.

What are your thoughts on this super popular poolside style? Do you own a long-sleeve swimsuit?


23 Jan 2017 By Emma-Charlotte Bangay

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