Today’s post is from StyleBlueprint Louisville Editor Heidi Potter:
I started wearing sun shirts last year. After a two week bender at the beach last summer, my decollatage could not take it anymore. The sun shirt I bought was a blessing. It provided great coverage and actually was not hot.
So what is the difference between SPF and UPF? SPF (Sun Protection Factor) refers to a measure of sun protection for topical sunscreens. UPF (Ultraviolet Protection Factor) refers to a measure of sun protective fabrics. But, with sun protective clothing, you don’t gamble on the coverage. You’re not going to miss a spot or need to reapply anything. While I use sunscreen every day, sun protective clothing is an added block for my kids and me.
Here’s my foray into stylish sunwear:
This shirt is from Sunkissed Girl and is $90. Note that the sides are ruched, so it can be made longer or shorter and palms are covered (no more spotty hands). It has a UPF of 50+ and is safe for salt-water and chlorine. Plus, you can wear it with your shorts out to lunch. www.skgirl.com
This is a paisley sun shirt from Lands End, which they refer to as a rash guard, but that word is cringe-worthy to me. This comes in many different patterns and solids to match your great Lands End bathing suit. This one is $39. www.landsend.com
Here is a great line of sunwear from Parasol and this is the Deauville Striped Crew Neck Swim Shirt. It retails for $165. www.taigan.com
J. Crew has a line of sun protective clothing now. This is a sleeveless sun shirt, which might defeat the purpose, but for those of us who still want color on our arms, it’s great. This retails for $44. www.jcrew.com
This is the fishing shirt (Tamiami) from Columbia. I realize that you might not fish, but these are some of my favorite sun shirts. I bought a men’s shirt and I use it as a cover up. It is cool and provides superior sun protection. Never mind that it has a fishing rod holder built in the shirt! Retails for $40. www.zappos.com
JACKETS, WRAPS AND SHRUGS
I find that sometimes it’s difficult to remove your sun shirt gracefully, that is, if you are not wearing it full-time. Solution: a zip up jacket, shrug or wrap.
This next top is part of the PRET-À-SURF® for J. Crew collection, called the striped front-zip rash guard. It retails for $210. www.jcrew.com
Here’s a color block zip swim shirt from Parasol, available for $165. www.taigan.com
Another cutie from Sunkissed Girl, this one is a ruched zip up jacket, the St. Tropez, which retails for $125. It covers the palms with thumb holes, just like the Hamptons shirt. www.skgirl.com
Who doesn’t love a shrug? Here’s a swim shrug for $38.95. www.uvskinz.com
This is a much better alternative than wrapping your beach towel around your burned shoulders. This is the Sunara Wrap from Sunveil. Available for $74. www.sunveil.com
Like a shrug, everybody loves a hoodie, especially a Beach Hoodie. This one is $55.95. www.uvskinz.com
A good sun hat is indispensable. I keep mine in my car and wear it constantly, which keeps people on their toes, thinking I am in disguise all the time.
Below is the Adventure Hat with an extra wide brim and neck flap. You have covered your nose, cheeks, lips, eyes, ears and neck with this hat. This hat retails for $36. www.uvskinz.com
This blue hat below is the Sunveil Panorama Hat, which retails for $70. Same as the hat above, it has an extra wide brim and neck flap for extra protection. www.sunveil.com
ARM AND HAND PROTECTION:
Okay, I will admit that when I first saw these, I thought the wearer might have been a few cards short of a full deck. But then I got it, especially when lovely age spots started popping up on my arms and hands. This might be a little alarmist on the spectrum of sun protection, but an option nonetheless.
These sun sleeves are knit and removable. You wear them with short sleeves for extra protection. They retail for $19.95. www.uvskinz.com
I’ll end on a giggle. Introducing “Palmthongs.” These are $29. www.sunveil.com
Have a great weekend!