Escaping to the sun this Winter or (lucky you) you’re already living in a sunny paradise? Check out the fashions from Undercover Waterwear, a unique Brooklyn fashion company with a unique slant on swimwear.
This company has created a fashion-forward line of swim dresses, swim skirts, swim tops, and swim leggings designed to be “modest” swimwear.
In actuality, this swimwear is designed for women with religious restrictions, but looking at the website, you quickly realize that these cute “bathing suit” fashions really are for anyone who wants to take advantage of the UPF 50 fabrics. That is, fabric that protects your skin from the sun with the equivalent of SPF 50 without the messy creams or lotions. The more fabric that covers your skin, the more protected you will be from the sun’s damaging rays.
The more fabric that covers your skin, the more protected you will be from the sun’s damaging rays. And the UPF 50 fabric is designed with being the water, but you can certainly wear the swimsuit material on land to protect your skin as well.
However, when we added a bold statement choker, and a colorful scarf as a belt to cinch up the length to the knee, the Undercover Waterwear dress looked like any other LBD we’d buy. Worn with boots, we could have taken this out to dinner, anywhere. Had we found ourselves dumped in a pool, our dress would have stood up to the water, too!
You can mix and match these styles as we did for daytime or swim-time. We know that bikinis are “hot” but your skin is precious. If you are the kind of person who isn’t going to take wearing sunscreen seriously, wearing Undercover Waterwear at the beach or pool, or just going about your daily life when you’re in the sun, can save your skin.
The designs are primarily bright neons and prints and dresses. We requested a sample of the Solid Black Swimdress ($70).
As urban people we think black is a chic choice to accessorize and to keep the sun off your body. However, a long black dress in the sun was probably not the best choice for the beach as black absorbs heat.
We loved the silky, 80% Lycra and 20% Spandex UPF 50 fabric hugs the body just a little bit so it doesn’t look like a “sack.” Made in the USA and non-clingy should you actually wear it into the water you wouldn’t ruin it! TIP: while the fabric is meant to be worn in water, hand washing is recommended and don’t put it in the dryer (just let it air dry).
We are not the target audience (women who must dress modestly, are), so the high neckline that hits about where a choker would, and the 3/4 sleeves (we pushed them up) plus a length that hits about 2″ below the knee, didn’t scream “sexy.”
Adding a statement necklace or a colorful scarf or a bold belt to cinch up the length (you could hem the dress instead) will make this Undercover Waterwear dress loo pretty much like any other LBD you might purchase. Worn with boots, we could have taken this out to dinner at home, even in Winter.
Here are some photos of just a few more of the cute pieces that Undercover Waterwear offers: Black and Green Rashguard ($60.00), Striped Rashguard Swim Top with Coral Sleeves ($60.00), Palm Trees Pencil Swim Skirt ($60.00), Black and White Stripe Leggings ($30.00).
You can mix and match these styles for daytime or swim-time!
While showing skin at the beach is sexy, your skin is precious. If you are the kind of person who isn’t going to take wearing sunscreen seriously, wearing Undercover Waterwear at the beach or pool, or just going about your daily life when you’re in the sun, is not a bad idea.