Why You Need a Piece With UPF
There’s no such thing as too much sun protection. But that doesn’t mean applying SPF is fun. If you’re the type who forgets to reapply, or even worse, misses spots altogether, sun-protective clothing was made for you. Look for items that carry a UPF tag; that means ultraviolet protection factor and refers to the amount of UVA and UVB protection a fabric provides from the sun’s rays. Similar to SPF, stick to a 30+ or higher. But unlike SPF, you won’t be hindered by sticky residue or strange smell during your favorite summer activities. Click through to find the perfect pieces for you.
For the Beach Bum
Catch a wave in this long-sleeve one piece with a UPF of 50+. Bonus: The brand outfits women up to sized 3x.
Buy It! Tuga Sunwear, UPF 50+ Swimsuit, $70; tugasunwear.com
For the Jet-Setter
This Chambray button-down with UPF 30+ protection will be your BFF when sitting in the window seat on a frigid flight (where you’re still at risk of sun damage!). Plus, a portion of proceeds go towards supporting the Melanoma Research Alliance.
Buy It! Mott50 UPF 30+ Chambray Button Down, $78; mott50.com
For the Yacht-Party Enthusiast
Rocky seas won’t get between you and your sangria thanks to these breezy navy joggers with UPF 50+. And don’t forget your fam: The brand also carries sun-protective swimwear for children and men.
Buy It! Cabana Life UPF 50+ Woven Joggers, $92; cabanalife.com
For the Avid Hiker
This water-resistant UPF 30+ jacket withstands all the elements — and can easily be converted into a fanny pack.
Buy It! Athlea UPF 30+ Jacket, $128; athleta.gap.com
For the Yogi
From downward-facing dog to lotus, these loose pants with UPF 50+ were made with the most intricate pose in mind — and made in the USA.
Buy It! Mira Rae Harem Pants, $88; mirarae.com
For the Pool Party Attendee
Go from taking a dip to dressed-to-impress in seconds with this wrinkle-resistant piece by Luminora, a brand created by skin cancer surgeon, Dr. Ali Hendi.
Buy It! Luminora UPF 50+ Maxi Dress, $398; luminora.com
For the Picnic-er
Lilly Pulitzer offers more than 25 UPF styles in a myriad of the brand’s poppy prints. Our favorite: This breathable French terry pullover, which is perfect for summer nights and those occasional, unseasonably cool breezes.
Buy It! Lilly Pulitzer UPF 30+ Pullover, $98; lillypulitzer.com
For the Brunch Lover
Because no one wants to coat their scalp in sunscreen between mimosas, slip on this hat with UPF 50+ instead.
Buy It! L.L.Bean UPF 50+ Hat, $32; llbean.com
For Everything Under the Sun
Whether you’re on the sand or street, sunnies are a must. These lenses are offer UV400 protection (translation: they safeguard against UVA and UVB rays). And if this tortoiseshell design doesn’t speak to you, don’t worry — the brand has more than 1,000 frames to choose from.
Buy It! Eyebuy Direct UV400 Sunglasses, $42; eyebuydirect.com