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April 24, 2014 11:46 AM   Subscribe

I'm looking for a women's long-sleeve swimsuit, preferably with UV protection. Any recommendations?

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I am looking for a long sleeve swimtop or swimsuit that includes a built-in bra preferably in some kind of UV protective fabric; I see rash guards everywhere but that isn't really what I'm looking for, I don't want to have to wear a swim suit beneath.
A wetsuit is more heavy duty than I need for ordinary swimming or sailing.
Am I just looking in the wrong places, this seems harder to find than you'd think.
posted by chickaboo to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (14 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
 
Have you searched for "modest swimwear"?
posted by jaguar at 11:49 AM on April 24


Maybe this older ask.me will be of help?
posted by travelwithcats at 11:51 AM on April 24


Actually, "modest swimwear uv" might be more helpful.
posted by jaguar at 11:52 AM on April 24


I have a friend with one of these and she loves it. It's three pieces so the headscarf is optional.
posted by julie_of_the_jungle at 11:52 AM on April 24 [1 favorite]


Coolibar has a lot of long-sleeve swim shirts with UPF ratings.
posted by rada at 12:00 PM on April 24


Girls4Sport has some nice-looking long-sleeve, built-in bra surf tops.
posted by nacho fries at 12:02 PM on April 24 [2 favorites]


I have a photosensitivity disorder and I spend an inordinate amount of time thinking about this stuff.

There's some particular fabrics made which protect you from UV (and there's also a wash-in for cotton fabrics). For your particular situation, why not try Solumbra or Coolibar?
posted by adipocere at 12:09 PM on April 24


Try Athleta or at a surf shop.
posted by ATX Peanut at 12:23 PM on April 24


The built-in bra is the hard part.

Looking at Coolibar (linked by adipocere above), if you found a tankini with a good built-in bra, you could pair it with the sleeved portion of this convertible swim shirt.

That would then free you up to find a tankini with a built-bra, which is a little easier to find.

If you're well-endowed I recommend Figleaves or Bare Necessities for finding swim tops with bra sizing.
posted by homodachi at 12:48 PM on April 24


[three people have now mentioned rashguards from Lands End, the OP specifically said she didn't want rashguards]
posted by mathowie at 2:38 PM on April 24


If you are open to a workaround for the built-in bra, here is what I do (my bona fides: aging bodysurfer who spends a lot of time in and under the water in California and Hawaii, and who has an ongoing "relationship" with skin cancer):

I go to Ross Dress 4 Less and buy a cheap-ass colorful bra with light padding. This serves as my swimsuit top. Over that goes the long-sleeve rashguard, or whatever cheap-o fitted long-sleeve synthetic quick-dry shirt I find in a thrift shop.

I've had zero luck finding an all-in-one solution that functions under any sort of athletic challenge -- those jive-ass built-in shelf-bras ride up my rack when I'm getting pounded by the waves. Bras stay in place and are more adjustable, and less apt to disengage than a regular bikini top. Just a thought.

(Sorry, didn't see mathowie's note before I posted. Feel free to delete this if it falls outside the useful category.)
posted by nacho fries at 2:41 PM on April 24 [1 favorite]


How structural does the built in shelf need to be?
posted by geek anachronism at 3:58 PM on April 24


Thanks all for the suggestions. I am not surfing or anything super athletic so just minor support is good. the girls4sports link looks like what I had in mind so thank you! Hope microscope is lightweight, willing to give it a try. It didn't occur to me to try to wear a regular bra under the rash guard... Will also give that a try sometime.
posted by chickaboo at 6:13 PM on April 24


You can get sports-bra style bikini tops, which would be great under a rashie. I think this would fit better and be more comfortable, you want a really snug fit for your bra layer and it's difficult to get that AND a good fit for your torso and arms in something off the shelf. Also, then you can switch out of the wet rashie and in to something drier and more comfortable when you're on the shore.
posted by anaelith at 5:35 AM on April 27 [1 favorite]


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