UPF Clothes That Are Actually Stylish
Sunscreen: we all know how important it is. Healthy-looking skin demands it, your mom and doctor want you to wear it, and—with almost every moisturizer including it—there’s just no ignoring it.
But if you really want to step up your sun care, add SPF to your clothes. Yep: UPF—ultraviolet protection fabric–is very much a thing, and companies have made it their mission to make fashionable clothing with high sun protection. For starters, a typical white T-shirt has an average UPF of 5, meaning it allows about 20 percent of ultraviolet light to seep through. Synthetic fabrics like nylon, rayon and spandex tend to have a higher UPF than natural fibers, and the tighter the weave, the better. By using these textiles in dresses, shorts, shirts and swimwear, clothing can provide just as much protection as your lotion, without requiring reapplication.
Here are some looks that are short on neither style nor protection. Mix and match them for the right amount of coverage.
Obviously, you’re going to get some sun at the beach or the pool, but there’s still a way to add some extra protection. High-UPF swim trunks, bikinis and one-pieces have become super stylish. Especially noteworthy is emerging designer Araks, who collaborated with artist Quentin Jones this season on a swimwear collection.
Add these to your regular SPF, and you’ll be golden. Wait, maybe not golden, but comfortable in your skin. As an added incentive, here’s Baz Luhrmann’s rendition of the most catchy PSA ever.