Kate Bosworth from Blue Crush isn’t the only one who can rock the long-sleeve bathing suit trend.
A trendy piece approved by fashion designers and surfer girls alike, long-sleeve bathing suits are great for protecting your skin from the sun while lounging poolside or playing beach volleyball. Not only that, but they can also act as a rash guard or wetsuit for paddle boarding, surfing, and kayaking. And since most have UPF built-in to the fabric, they block UV radiation and offer another layer of protection from harmful rays—score!
Also great? If you layer shorts or a skirt over your long-sleeve swimwear, it can double as a stylish bodysuit—perfect for going straight from the beach to dinner or happy hour. Here, the cutest, most versatile long-sleeve bathing suits that’ll protect you from the sun and help you keep up with your active lifestyle this summer.
Old Navy Tie-Front Long-Sleeve Swimsuit
The front-facing knots on this long-sleeve swimsuit add a trendy flair to an otherwise simple black suit and look especially flattering on those with smaller busts. Even better? The stretchy fabric has built-in UPF of 40+ to shield you from the sun while you lounge poolside.
Athleta Vintage Floral Crop Rashguard
Made from recycled fabric and ultra-durable spandex, this cropped long-sleeve top fits like a second skin, has UPF 50+ sun protection, and is quick-drying, so you can stay comfortable and cool during your beach runs. Just pair it with the matching bikini bottoms ($49; athleta.gap.com) or Athleta’s high teal shorts, and you have yourself a bright and summer-y two-piece set!
Seaa Hermosa One-Piece Swimsuit
Functional enough for beach activities yet chic enough for a pool party, this long-sleeve suit is made of recycled materials, features a UPF of up to 50+, and has a sexy sweetheart bust and slimming belt-like waist that’ll look great on everyone. The bold color-blocking and tropical print on top add an extra touch of style.
Sweaty Betty Retro Rash Guard Crop Top
Designed for all-day protection, this long-sleeve crop top boasts chlorine-resistant and UPF 50+ fabric, making it ideal for everything from swimming laps in the pool to ocean kayaking. Complete the look with the coordinating blue and white striped bottoms ($70; sweatybetty.com).
Body Glove One-Piece Swimsuit
Boden Zip Up Rash Vest
This cute rashguard (with a pop of pink!) shields you from UVA and UVB rays and dries quickly whether you just took a dip in the ocean or you’re sweating it out in a game of beach volleyball. Mix and match to pair the long-sleeve top with any of Boden’s piping swim shorts ($45; bodenusa.com).