Years ago my dear friend Sarah came to visit. She was pregnant - uncomfortably so. We thought hitting the pool might be soothing...except Sarah was not happy with her one bikini. Her pregnant boobs were busting out of the top, and she was unhappy with something regarding her stomach (the dark line, maybe? Stretch marks?)....but it seemed silly to run out and buy a new swimsuit. Yet...the pool was one of those extra-warm ones, with a lazy river and tubes and waterslides, and it beckoned. So I dug through the closet and unearthed Mike's old rashguard from a few surfing trips eons ago. His rashguard was big enough to fit over Sarah's belly, yet in true rashguard fashion, fit everywhere else. (Magic stretch, those rashguards.)
But the cool thing? Not only was Sarah comfortable, but when the rashguard was paired with a little string bikini bottom, she looked...sexy. Like sporty and flirty and all adorably pregnant. Sadly, we don't have a single pic (adorbs or not, can you blame her, Mamas?)...but to this day rashguards remind me of Sarah.
And rashguards are seriously rockin' right now. Not only can you find the usual suspects from the surf brands, but even mainstream retailers are getting in on the game. The result? Rashguards with serious style. I still like them best with a skimpy little bikini bottom, but their sporty-yet-sexy vibe works with a variety of bottoms....and beats the heck out of a dowdy swimdress.
Besides, I'm pretty serious about water play, and rashguards are just the thing for fearless rough-housing. Yesssssss!
Love the quirky color-block twist
2. J. Crew Colorblock Sun Shirt, $78
This is like a rashguard made into a vintage-inspired swimsuit. Whatever it you call it (suit? rashguard?), I like it.
4. J.Crew Striped Rashguard, $78
5. VPL Tape Vent Rashguard, $185
I love the sophisticated color scheme, and how this one looks like an actual shirt.
6. Dakine Best Wishes Rashguard, $40
7. Basta Surf Rashguard Top, $195
Love the contrast neckline and zipper, and the crazy-stripe pattern is the coolest.
8. Athleta Zanzibar Rashguard, $54
9. Roxy Rocker Rashguard, $46
Love the looser cut, and the boat-neckline.
As I mentioned, rashguards do have magic stretch, so I find that I'm happiest when I've gone up a size (or two!).
Yay for Summer!
(photo credit: Lands End!)