What is a Rash Guard?

What is a Rash Guard?

Are you prepared for countless hours in the sun and water this season? Just be sure to factor in protection from harmful UV rays, sand, and rough waves. A rash guard may be the solution you’re looking for. It is an athletic shirt, originally designed for surfers, made of spandex, nylon, or polyester that protects the wearer's skin while swimming, including damage from rashes, chafing, and scrapes. Rash guards are sometimes referred to as water shirts, swim shirts, surfing shirts, or sun shirts because it is a great way to protect yourself from sunburn and can double as a coverup over your swimsuit. Here are some answers to the most common questions about our rash guards as well as why you should add one to your swim wardrobe this summer.

How Should a Rash Guard Fit?

Comfort and functionality are key features to look for when selecting a rash guard or sun shirt. The right fit can vary depending on the activity you’re participating in. If you are wearing your rash guard or swim shirt for exercise or outdoor summer activities, make sure it isn't so tight that it will restrict your movement when you run and play. You don't want men's swim shirts to be loose either, though, or you might find fabric getting caught on things, especially if you are wearing your rash guard on a hike or camping trip. Just like with other types of swimsuits, it is important to try your rash guard options on before you pick one (or two, it can be nice to switch things up sometimes) for the summer swimming season.

How to Wear a Rash Guard

Rash Guards and swim shirts are known for the excellent skin protection they provide for water sports, beach activities, and sun exposure. However, rash guards can be useful for far more instances than just the beach. Here are some of our favorite ideas for your rash guard.

Let Us Help You

Here at Lands' End, we know how important safety and comfort are when enjoying the summer weather. That's why we have a wide variety of rash guards and swim shirts in various styles and sizes. We offer rashguards for men and women that are stylish and unique, as well as kids' rash guards and rash guards for babies. Protective swimwear shouldn’t cramp your style. Find the perfect piece to complement your swimsuit.


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