Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Rash Guards

I love a cute bikini as much as the next girl. It's always fun looking for the perfect new bathing suit for the upcoming swim season, and deciding what looks best: bandeau or halter? Patterned or solid?

What I don't like about bikinis is the sunburn that comes along with them. I have extremely fair skin and burn super easily. My days at the beach and pool are spent reapplying Neutrogena SPF 50+ and hiding myself under a sunhat (big and floppy, of course!)

Why would I expect to not get burnt though? My skin is barely covered, and the most sunburn-prone areas of my body (shoulders and back) are fully exposed. I enjoy going to the beach and pool, but I worry about sun damage to my skin.

What's a (fair-skinned or otherwise sun-conscious) girl to do?

Wear a stylish rash guard, of course!

Once solely designed for surfers and scuba divers, rash guards have taken on a more fashionable appearance as of late. Many designers are coming out with super-sleek versions featuring patterns and color blocking. A variety of cute rash guards are readily available, and many come with matching swimsuit bottoms.

Rash guards are the perfect solution for those looking for protection from the sun, or for those who simply just desire a little bit more coverage. Bonus: you don't have to worry about constantly adjusting your bikini straps every time you get out of the pool!

Over the past 40 years, melanoma rates have increased by 800 percent among young women. (source) The American Skin Cancer Foundation recommends wearing clothing that covers the arms, shoulders, and back. The rash guard is the perfect, stylish, solution.

I'm not saying I will be wearing a rash guard every time I hit the beach or pool, but I definitely think it is worth wearing one periodically. Give your skin a break from the sun's harsh rays!

I think the rash guards are quite stylish (and sporty!). Proof that looking good doesn't have to involve showing a lot of skin.

Need some more convincing? Here's some inspiration:

I hoping to pick up a rash guard before I head to California for Spring break at the end of this week!

What do you think of the rash guard? would you wear one?

Stay Stylish. Stay Classy. Be Creative.

1 comment:

  1. The photos you added at the bottom are pretty convincing. A while back I saw a photo of Nicole Kidman wearing one too. If I had a pool I'd wear one there or if I had a beach house I'd probably wear one sometimes too or if I did pool exercises I'd wear one for sure, but if on vacation I think I'll stick to the bikinis and load on the sunscreen, I think I'd feel like the old fuddy duddy being the only one wearing one, which is very bad of me, but maybe if a few other people were wearing one it would be better, I know I'd feel lousy with all the other girls looking fab and sexy in their bikinis and me all covered up. Stupid and vain I know, but I try to stay out of the sun as much as possible so a few times on the beach I'd just like to be like everyone else. That said you should google Nigella Lawson, I saw a photo of her wearing a head to toe black bathing outfit, I've seen a show in Japan where the ladies even have ones that cover their faces!