9 stylish rash tops to get you through summer

Gone are the days when rashies were those ugly, baggy shirts your mum made you promise to wear when you were 12.

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Whether you intend to spend the warmer months reading trashy novels on the beach or learning to surf, one thing’s for sure: you’re going to need sun protection. While a bit of sunscreen is enough to do the trick sometimes, more often than not it doesn’t quite cut it in the scorching Aussie summer. Enter: the humble rash top.

We know the idea of wearing something over your super hot bikini is about as appealing as a trip to the dentist. But gone are the days when rashies were those ugly, baggy shirts your mum made you wear when you were 12. There are plenty of fashionable rash tops out there that are actually the perfect finishing touch for your beach look. Not only will they help protect you from the sun, they’ll also stop you from having any embarrassing wardrobe malfunctions while frolicking in the surf. Win win!

9 rash tops that are actually trendy

1. Seafolly Mesh About Sunvest Top

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Not quite brave enough to wear a white bikini to the beach? This cute zip-up rash vest is the perfect way to ease yourself into it. We’re in love with the mesh detailing and matching bottoms.

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2. Heidi Klum Swim Zip Tankini

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Channel your inner bond girl in this sexy rash vest from equally sexy, Heidi Klum. With an exposed back and zip front, it’s safe but sultry.

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3. Roxy Castaway Floral Knotted Crop Rash Vest

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We get it, you didn’t spend all year doing crunches just to hide your toned tum away. This cropped, floral rash vest has the best of both worlds, as it protects your arms and upper torso from the sun while still showing off your hard work.

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4. Duskii Capri Rash Vest

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Are you mad about monochrome? Then this scuba-inspired neoprene rash vest will be the perfect addition to your swimwear wardrobe.

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5. The Acqua Brand Snakeskin Rash Vest

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Made of high-performance Italian lycra, this snakeskin print rash vest will add some European luxury to your beach look. Its contoured paneling is extremely flattering, while the highly breathable material will keep you nice and cool on stinking hot days.

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6. Speedo Endurance 10 Cliff Short Sleeve Sun Top

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Who says functional can’t be fashionable? If you plan to spend your summer being as active as possible, this soft-touch, quick-dry rash top will make the perfect training partner.

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7. Nip Tuck Swim SPF 50+ Multifit Short Sleeve Rash Vest

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Sometimes, you just need to keep things simple. This Nip Tuck rash vest is a chic and practical summer staple, as you can mix and match it with just about anything.

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8. Rip Curl Search LS Rash Vest

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Nothing says ‘relaxed’ quite like grey marle. This rash top is like the comfy pullover you chuck on after a workout except you can wear it in the water.

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9. Billabong Indigo Daze Rash Vest

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This patterned rash vest will make you feel like you’re on a tropical island, even if you’re lazing by the local pool. It’s cute and provides full coverage…win.

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Emma Norris
A true believer in balance, Emma is just as passionate about pizza as she is about pull-ups. When she’s not writing, she loves strength training, visiting new cafes and trying out new fitness classes. Having lived in Ireland and Canada, Emma was bitten by the travel bug at a young age. She loves nothing more than visiting new destinations and experiencing different cultures. Emma grew up (and currently lives) near the beautiful Coogee Beach and is happiest when she’s near a body of water. She started her career in magazines and has recently made the exciting transition to the digital world.