Trend to Try: Rash Guards

Trend to Try: Rashguards(Source: Jason Merritt/Getty Images North America, all you lucky beach bums heading for the shore this holiday weekend: have you considered a rash guard for your sand-and-sun sojourn? The classic surf style isn't just for wave-catching anymore (although yes, Lea Michele did look adorable in a pink-and-orange number at surf camp last week, and sporty celebs such as Julie Bowen have rocked the look too). 

This season, everyone from J. Crew and Cynthia Rowley to Nanette Lepore and Milly turned out long-sleeved swim shirts as a sporty alternative to the standard bikini. Is it good for tanning? No way, José. But the style has plenty of other merits. For one, it protects your chest, shoulders and back from sunburns, which is why porcelain-skinned stars such as Anne Hathaway wear rash guards to the beach. Further, the covered-up design means you're never at risk for losing your top in rough surf (been there, done that). 

Anne+Hathaway'Don Peyote' actress Anne Hathaway and her husband Adam Shulman enjoying a day on the beach and then by the pool in Miami, Florida on March 9, 2014. (FameFlynet Pictures)more pics »
Trend to Try: Rashguards(Source: Jason Merritt/Getty Images North America)And then there's the fact that the season's rash of rash guards are as sleek, sexy and fun as any beachwear we've seen. From the psychedelic prints offered by Mara Hoffman and Zinke, to the skin-saving styles sold by Commando and Tory Burch—both of which offer the equivalent of SPF 50 protection—there's a look for everyone.

Trend to Try: Rashguards(Source: Nordstrom, Bloomingdale's)Commando UPF 50 Rashguard, $88, at NordstromMara Hoffman Rashguard, $140, at Bloomingdale's
Trend to Try: Rashguards(Source: Shopbop, Tory Burch)Zinke Surf Shirt, $99, at ShopbopTory Burch Reva Surf Shirt, $250 $150, at Tory Burch

So the real question is, would you wear a rash guard at the beach?
Poll: Would You Wear a Rash Guard?
Click to vote:
  • Yes. I'm totally into this look.
  • No way. I'm sticking to my triangle top.