The weather is finally warming up and we’re looking forward to an entire season of beach days. But sun worshippers rarely think about keeping their skin protected from summer’s UV rays. That’s a job for your sunscreen, right? Well, not exactly. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation clothing can help protect you from UV rays, but it’s actually the material that determines the strength of that protection. Chances are good your swimsuit, and additionally your cover-ups, are not as effective at blocking the sun as you might think. For the best protection, and stylish minimalism, we love the suits at Cover Swim.
Started in 2008 by Lisa Moore, Cover was founded to offer women fashionable sun protection. With a younger sister that was diagnosed early on with melanoma, Moore understood that a woman’s choices, even her sartorial ones, could make a difference in her health. As partner of the Melanoma Research Alliance, her line includes swimwear, athletic wear and cover-ups all with a UPF 50+ certification that blocks 98 percent of UV rays. Using a physical barrier of protection through a unique weave of fabrics rather than a chemical application, pieces can be worn and washed repeatedly without any deterioration of sun protection.
In addition to bringing health conscious fabrics to fashionable swimwear, Cover offers a collection of on-trend minimalist swimwear like basic bikinis and one pieces, as well as a line of sportswear that includes long sleeve maillots, swim leggings, surf suits, swim tees and layered bra tops and bottoms for active women that live in the water. While Moore keeps everything simple, the line is still refreshingly sleek and stylish—they even partner with other fashion brands and artists to make special edition prints and collections.
Cover Swim is available at Neiman Marcus and Cover Swim online. Priced from $75 to $300.