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Lunchtime Fashion Fix: The best long-sleeved swimsuits to see you through summer


By Sarah Finnan
03rd Aug 2022

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Lunchtime Fashion Fix: The best long-sleeved swimsuits to see you through summer

You gave your sea swimming habit a little break during the colder months... but suddenly it's August and you've yet to get back in the water. Don't worry, a long-sleeved swimsuit will make your first dip back that little bit easier.

We may be right smack bang in the middle of summer, but the weather definitely doesn’t reflect that… so, whilst getting back in the sea may seem like the thing to do, you best expect it to be cold.

As just about anyone who has tried it will tell you though, there’s an addictive magic to stripping off and submerging yourself in ice-cold water. Wim Hof was onto something, you know.

Irish people have always been drawn to the sea, but never more so than in the past two years. There’s been a notable shift in favour of outdoor pursuits and swimming has become the nation’s new hobby of choice.

Is it a uniquely Irish thing to throw ourselves en masse into the sea on Christmas Day? Well, probably not, but Australians have the advantage of scorching temperatures on their side so we’re claiming extra points for bravery… which will definitely be needed to coax yourself in. But, learn to ignore the voice shouting “run” inside your head and the process becomes much easier.

Other accoutrements that help, include but are not limited to, hot water bottles, flasks of tea, tote bags laden with post-swim pastries and swim socks (exceptionally uncool, but a necessity all the same).

A long-sleeved swimsuit will also save you a world of trouble.  You’ll still be cold, mind, but most of it comes down to the placebo effect anyway – the more fabric you see, the less time you’ll have to spend convincing yourself to get “just get in already!”.

Below are some of our favourite long-sleeved swimsuits currently available on the market.

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