Long-Sleeved Swimsuits Are 2023's Top Swim Trend

How to style this year's most versatile suit.

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Swimwear is a lot like underwear — everyone feels differently about how much of their butt they want hanging out. Happily, one of this year's hottest swimwear trends is one most all of us can agree on, especially those of us who like a little extra protection from the sun. We're talking, of course, about long-sleeved swimsuits. 2023 has delivered more long-sleeved suits in more styles than we've ever seen before and we've got you covered, so to speak, on how to style them.

Gabi Fresh wears a long sleeve swimsuit from the Gabi Fresh x Eloquii swimsuit line.


Unlike, say, string bikinis or cutout one-pieces, long-sleeved swimsuits don't have to let it all hang out. Thanks to sheer fabric sleeves and eveningwear-inspired silhouettes, there are plenty of full-coverage long-sleeved swimsuits that don't trade fashion for a bit of beachy modesty. Ahead, you'll find nine ways to style a long-sleeved swimsuit for 2023 that are fresh, fun, and way ahead of the fashion curve.

As a Sheer Accessory

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If you think long-sleeved swimsuits aren't for you, you can try out the trend by mimicking the silhouette in a sheer fabric. Your fave bikini top will still be the star of the show thanks to ultra-fine swim mesh textiles and you'll definitely stand out from the crowd.
Shop Similar: PAC SUN That Girl Mesh Long Sleeve Bikini Top, $40

With Swim Gloves

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Kim Kardashian's SKIMS swim gloves launched a swimwear craze, but remain perpetually sold out. Still, a vibe is a vibe, and we haven't stopped lusting over this objectively impractical, but utterly high-fashion take on a swim shrug.
Shop Similar: MBM Swim Trigger Shrug, $78

Opt for Off-the-Shoulder

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For a look with a touch of romance and less of an athletic edge, we recommend an off-the-shoulder long-sleeve bikini top. Solid colors will make it easier to mix and match different suits, but we'd never say no to a retro or floral print.
Shop Similar: SKIMS Swim Long Sleeve Bikini Top, $54

Pair With Swim Shorts

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For a look that's sporty and practical, but still has a touch of the flirtatious, we highly recommend you give a printed long-sleeve bikini top and matching swim shorts a test drive. They're great for active water sports and offer more coverage than many of the other trending styles on our list.
Shop Similar:
Skatie Bardot Bottom in Southhampton, $45.50 (Originally $60) and Skatie Rosie Top in Southhampton, $52.50 (Originally $75)

Go Western With It

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Westernwear is here to stay and, this year, those details have made their way into swimwear. Details like contrast stitching, crochet fabrics, and thoughtful embroidery define the trend, so add as many or as few as you wish.
Shop Similar: SIMKHAI Birdie Crochet Lace Long-Sleeve One-Piece Swimsuit, $365

Get Creative With Cutouts

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Creative cutouts are a great way to show some skin while still enjoying the coverage offered by a long-sleeved swimsuit. As a bonus, the above style also has a one-shoulder detail we love.
Shop Similar: Gabi Fresh Swim x ELOQUII Long Sleeve Knot Front Wrap Swimsuit, $160

Make It a Matching Set

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If you've already got a go-to swimsuit, we have good news: We aren't trying to pry your fave suit away from you. A matching set worn over the bikini of your choice is another long-sleeve styling option that brings in another trend having a major moment: sheer 'fits.
Shop Similar; Urban Outfitters Delmare Printed Top & Mini Skirt Cover-Up Set, $49

Try Asymmetry

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Ease into the long-sleeve swimsuit trend by wearing a suit that's only 50% long-sleeved. Asymmetry is always eye-catching and there are plenty of asymmetrically designed long-sleeve swimsuits, from bikinis to one-pieces.
Shop Similar: Brazilian Bikinis Tropical Tie Dye One-Shoulder One-Piece Swimsuit, $66 (Originally $83)

Take a Plunge

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If long sleeves make you feel off-balance in the coverage department (that is, you want to show more skin), try finding a one-piece bathing suit with a boldly plunging neckline. This sultry style isn't body-surfing approved, but it is absolutely a statement-maker.
Shop Similar: PatBO Monstera Netted Sleeve One Piece, $475

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