Challenge!! - to find a rash guard swimsuit (high neck / with sleeves) that is not hideous

(27 Posts)
bibblebobblebubble Sat 14-May-16 21:43:14

Right a challenge!!

I'll be going to Greece for our summer holidays and will probably be spending a lot of time in the pool. My family's had a lot of skin cancer so I don't want to be worrying the whole trip about reapplying suncream - so I want something a bit like kids wear i.e. covering up chest, shoulders and upper arms.

But they all look so frumpy sad. Can anyone find me a good one? Am 43 and size 12.

LIZS Sat 14-May-16 21:44:14

Fatface? You can coordinate with swimwear.

dun1urkin Sat 14-May-16 21:46:23

Ooh I saw some of these in a magazine recently. Going to guess Grazia.
Hang on...

dun1urkin Sat 14-May-16 21:47:30

Yep, Grazia

ParadiseCity Sat 14-May-16 22:04:20

HOW do they come on and off? I love the idea of these but I just don't see how I'd get out of it!

bibblebobblebubble Sat 14-May-16 22:07:34

Thanks for quick replies. This from Fatface maybe? though not very summery colours. Think the Grazia ones are a little too way-out for me, I don't want to be too conspicuous.

TheSpottedZebra Sat 14-May-16 22:09:06

That's nice. There are a few on here, too www.surfdome.com/Womens_Rash_Vests-496/

Ilikesweetpeas Sat 14-May-16 22:13:00

Try mountain warehouse, I got a surprisingly lovely one from there last year

issynoho Sat 14-May-16 22:14:02

Lands End?

bibblebobblebubble Sat 14-May-16 22:15:50

Thanks for the link - maybe this Billabong one but with black bikini bottoms rather than the dodgy shorts?

tiny pic - link to it here

seefeld Sat 14-May-16 22:21:29

Seafolly do them, there are a few here on Zalando but I think they do a much greater range: m.zalando.co.uk/womens-swimwear-rash-vests-lycras/seafolly/

MrsLettuce Sat 14-May-16 22:22:46

I like this one

What is your budget?

TheSpottedZebra Sat 14-May-16 22:25:47

I love that one, bbb

bibblebobblebubble Sat 14-May-16 22:27:26

Thanks for the links. MrsLettuce I like that design but prefer one that's a full vest covering stomach too. Budget - would be ok spending up to £60 or thereabouts for the top + bikini bottom to go with it.

Seafolly ones don't cover upper arms which I'm after.

Any views on the Billabong one?

bibblebobblebubble Sat 14-May-16 22:31:11

this from Roxy - nice colour but quite plain?

SomethingAboutNothing Sat 14-May-16 22:43:05

http://www.boden.co.uk/en-gb/womens-swimwear/beachwear/wf007/womens-rash-vest

Lots of different designs and in the sale

DianaT1969 Sat 14-May-16 22:50:25

Surfdome have lots of choice in rash vests
Long sleeve ones here https://www.surfdome.com/WomensLongg_SleeveRashh_Vests-c1043/

LIZS Sun 15-May-16 07:07:35

http://www.oneill.com/gb/en/shop/women/beachwear/skins-uv-protection

O'Neill do some too. TK Maxx often have branded ones.

Cristiane Sun 15-May-16 08:41:36

Sweaty Betty have some nice ones in their new catalogue

Stevie77 Sun 15-May-16 08:45:44

Have you checked Gap?

specialsubject Sun 15-May-16 10:11:49

How can a tight rashie be frumpy? Go cheap as they get wrecked in pools, and black is obviously daft.

Wear boardies which dry quickly and look good, no more soggy bikini knickers.

carrie74 Sun 15-May-16 14:16:40

I've got one from Gap Factory in US, so worth looking there (also Old Navy). J Crew always had them. Decathlon does them super cheap and plain.

Whoever asked how you get them in and off: they're very stretchy, not like wetsuits.

bibblebobblebubble Sun 15-May-16 21:17:41

Ooh been out all day & lots more ideas

I've ordered the Billabong one as stock was getting low but I like the look of some of the O'Neill ones, like this one, so if the Billabong's no good I'll try there.

This might sound a silly question but.... what does one wear underneath? Just bikini bottoms, or a full swimsuit, or bikini bottoms and top? If just bikini bottoms don't certain things (ahem) jiggle a bit?

carrie74 Mon 16-May-16 10:52:44

I wear a bikini under mine - makes going to the loo easier, and keeps your modesty up top.

specialsubject Mon 16-May-16 12:00:05

don't wear a one-piece as you'll need to get naked to go to the toilet. If you wear a bikini top you can change out of the rash vest and into a t-shirt and stay covered if that bothers you. The rash vest is only for wearing while swimming, if you keep it on you'll get chilled at first, and then too hot as it dries. Switch to a t-shirt.

the bikini top will show through but so what.

bikini bottoms or boardies below - the latter dry quicker and stay in place.

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