After reporting on this fashion phenomenon for summer—men wearing suits with shorts—I stumbled across this item, on bikinis with sleeves.
Will 2014 be the summer of unexpected sleeves? First Kim Kardashian goes all demure on her wedding dress, now sleeves are popping up on the least likely of places: bikinis.
Unusually, this is a trend that appeals to surfers, the sun-sensitive and those tottering around in heels in the beach bar alike. Long-sleeved swimming costumes – also known by the deeply unglamorous name of “rash guards” – are traditionally worn by surfers to avoid chafing and jellyfish stings, and have been used for stress-free, waterproof SPF protection for children for years. Now, brands as disparate as Asos, Urban Outfitters, Marc by Marc Jacobs and Jean Paul Gaultier are translating the style for fashion-conscious adults.
…The costumes speak to the current trend for scuba-influenced luxe sportswear and the 1990s-influenced crop top silhouette, highlighting taut abs more dramatically than the standard bikini.
The real purpose of a bikini is to show off “taut abs”? Who knew?