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12 of the best rash swimsuits to wear to the beach this summer

Say goodbye to your bikini, it's all about the long-sleeved swimsuit

From Adele's brightly printed number to Kim Kardashian's sleek black style, after spotting several celebrities in long-sleeved swimsuits, it's fair to say we needed one immediately.

Long-sleeved swimsuits are a trend-forward take on rash guards, which originated in Australia in the 70s. Also known as rash vests or 'rashies', they were first designed to be worn by surfers but are now a popular alternative to a bikini if you want to show a little less skin on the beach or by the pool. Many feature Ultraviolet Protection which is ideal if you tend to burn easily in the sun, plus they'll keep you warm when the temperature drops. 

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Adele wore hers with black sunglasses, gold hoops and a huge smile last summer

A staycation staple last summer, they're still going strong for summer 2022, so we've found all of the best rash vests and long-sleeved swimsuits available to buy online now.

Ehukai rash guard, £228, Free People


Free People's Ehukai rash guard not only looks amazing, it's perfect if you actually want to do some water sports. It's fully lined and features a zip back.

Tilos short sleeve rash vest, £55, Boden


With its high neckline and striped cuffs, this popular rash vest from Boden is sporty and stylish. It comes in two different colourways with matching shorts available.

Tidal xtra life long sleeve swimsuit, £110, Sweaty Betty


For a print to rival Adele's, go for this rash swimsuit from Sweaty Betty. Super durable and chlorine-resistant with five-star reviews, it's ideal if you're considering an outdoor swim in the British weather.

Palomar crop top rashguard, £78, Free People


Available in 17 different prints, all with matching high-waisted bikini briefs, you're spoilt for choice with Free People's Polmar rash guard. It's made from a textured, sustainably-sourced fabric.

Roxy featuring Kelia Moniz long sleeve surf swimsuit, £70, ASOS


Roxy has collaborated with surfing champion Kelia Moniz to create a collection of long-sleeve swimsuits that are as pretty as they are practical. We love the lilac zebra print.

Long-sleeve zip-back paddle suit, £118, Lululemon


You can't go wrong with a sleek black suit and Lululemon has created just that. It's totally opaque and offers optimum support and sun protection.

Abysse patterned long-sleeved swimsuit, £82, Farfetch


With its psychedelic yellow print, you'll be the envy of the whole beach in this long sleeved swimsuit by Kim Kardashian favourite, Abysse.

Peony + NET SUSTAIN gingham stretch-ECONYL rash guard, £158, Net-A-Porter


Part of Net-A-Porter's sustainable edit, this Peony rash guard is made from a nylon regenerated from waste (including fabric scraps and fishing nets) that would otherwise end up in landfill or the ocean. It features a gingham print and ruched detail.

Printed rash vest, £28, Marks & Spencer


This bargain rash vest from M&S is made from Chlorine-resistant fabric and has plenty of stretch.

Capri zip long sleeve swimsuit, £80, Boden


Boden's colour block swimsuit features long-sleeves and removable padding, for one of the most flattering, sleek pieces we've found this season. 

Loveshackfancy x Hurley moderate surf suit, £162, Revolve


Loveshackfancy has collaborated with Hurley to create this amazing long sleeve swimsuit with cut-out detail to see you through summer. Wear it with big beachy hair.

Nieuwland 2e Yulex® long sleeve swimsuit, £125, Finisterre


Modelled by British champion, Lucy Campbell, it should be no surprise this swimsuit is the one to go for if you're getting down to some serious surfing. It's been designed for maximum movement and comfort in the water.

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