I am a sunscreen woman, head to toes. I have been since my late 20’s, after many sunburns. I’ve had a few non-melanoma skin cancers removed from my hide, with the scars to show for it. So I wear what my husband calls “sunscreen that works on the surface of the sun.”
But I do live in coastal Florida, where the sun is strong and the beach is inviting. Re-applying sunscreen every few hours is a drag. Beyond a big floppy hat and sunglasses, I have not ventured into specific sun-protective clothing; I wear normal tees and sleeved dresses to protect myself. The average white tee, though, has a sun protection factor of less than 10.
I’ve considered high-SPF clothing for those longer outings, like bike rides and beach picnics. But I mostly found pieces like this, not horrible, but uninspiring:
I recently saw some options that expand my SPF style horizon. From this article in the Times, I found a couple of new-to-me sites that specialize in high SPF clothing. With style!
- Cover Clothing says their fabrics are “luxurious swim jersey, certified UPF 50+, blocks 98% UV rays,” without chemicals. Their website shows a lot of cool designs (I love the Pucci-look print tee) but they’re only sold at Neiman Marcus for the moment – and the selection at NM is small.
|This can be a cover-up beach dress or midi skirt. $67 at Neiman Marcus.|
- Mott50 has a larger selection, and you can purchase from the website. They donate a portion of their proceeds to melanoma research and skin cancer education. They’ve got a lot of utilitarian-looking tees, but some pretty cover-ups that I would definitely wear.
|I like this embroidered tunic, available in three colors. $68.
I’d wear this on a long bike ride or beach walk.
|This dress ($155) would be perfect for a long sunny day thrifting in NYC ツ|
- Some other sites that include stylish SPF clothing – pieces that can go out on city streets as well as the beach or golf course – include: Dick’s Sporting Goods, Coolibar, Cabana Life, and SPFAddict (check out the gloves!).
Is sun protection an issue for you? I know some of you (hey Megan!) are allergic to chemical sunscreens, so SPF clothing might work out for you. Kick skin cancer in the butt, however you choose to cover.
Have a terrific Tuesday,