Commandress loves Australia! The feature ‘Commandress Outback Bound’ is about my travels there . . . and what I wore.
Yesterday’s post covered two great swimsuits that I loved wearing in Australia. Today post is about cover ups and rash guards.
Call me old-fashioned, but one of the things I look for in a cover up is for it to actually cover something up.
Some of the sheer options look lovely for spending the day near – but never in – a gorgeous pool while enjoying cocktails and frozen grapes. But I prefer a cover up dress for anything more active.
It doesn’t have to be a dress that I would wear out and about in Atlanta – a beachy dress like this is just fine:
I bought this cover up at Swim n’ Sport several years ago. They have a nice selection of cover up dresses, but right now they don’t have any print dresses like this one.
Here are a few of my favorites that are available now:
This Athleta Santorini Dress looks like a great cover up and a lovely summer sundress. It’s made from a lightweight and quick-drying stretch fabric. This Asphalt Wildflower print is $98. The dress is also available in several other fun prints – some on sale.
This Robin Piccone Surplice Cover Up Dress looks chic and easy to wear. It is $79 from Nordstrom in Geranium (shown above), Ocean Blue or Black.
This Carmen Marc Valvo Malawi Floral-Print Coverup Dress looks perfect to wear anywhere while on vacation at the beach – dress it up or dress it down. It’s currently $87 (regularly $131) from Neiman Marcus.
I was pleased to see a New York Times article earlier this summer confirming that I’m not the only one who thinks that “rash guard” is a bad, bad name. Why not sun guard? Sand guard? Surf guard? Or even the cuter Aussie nickname, rashie?
To be honest, I probably would have bought a rash guard sooner if the name wasn’t such a turn off. Now I know that rash guards protect you from the sun, the sand, the small ocean creatures that might try to explore your swimsuit and countless other hazards.
To continue being honest, I also held out because of vanity. The typical skin-tight, high-neck rash guard style is not a flattering look for me.
But before my trip, I could not rest until I found a rash guard to love. And, of course, then I found some more . . .
I love, love, love this Carve Designs Cruz Rash Guard – great colors, lovely side ruching and a high neck you can unzip. It’s Made in the USA (although the website says imported) and reasonably priced – $50 from Zappos.
Oh my – this Cynthia Rowley Floral Rash Guard is a thing of beauty. The prints! The colors! The design! It’s also Made in the USA. Perhaps it’s better that I found the one by Carve Designs first. The Cynthia Rowley rash guard is about $136 (regularly $195) from Shopbop in limited sizes.
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Not surprisingly, the Australian brand Zimmerman makes some delightful rashies (and lots of other fabulous swimwear).
Unfortunately, this doesn’t seem to be a good time to find Zimmerman rashies in stores. You’re in luck, however, if you wear a size Small and want to check out this Zimmerman Floral Rash Guard from Saks (on sale for $116).
I’ll be sharing more about Zimmerman – and other fantastic Australian brands – in upcoming posts!
7/12/13 – this post was updated with new links to Cynthia Rowley.
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