10 Sun Protective Clothing Picks for Sunblock-Free Fun in the Sun
Whether you're going on a hike or lounging poolside, cover up with these sun protection clothing picks for a burn-free summer.
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Sunscreen isn’t the only thing that protects you from the sun’s harsh UV rays. While nobody wants to layer sweaters and pants in the sweltering heat, there are cooling, sun protection clothing options that safeguard against the sweltering sun. From shirts and light jackets to even leggings, each has UPF protection for major sun defense.
Uniqlo UV Protection Pocketable Parka
Rain or shine, this water-repellent parka is a must as you’re headed out the door. It’s available in six colors, from universal neutrals to striking brights. Choose from a wide range of sizes too.
We especially love the versatility of this sun protection clothing, which is lightweight enough to wear on warm days—protecting you from the sun with UPF 40—or keeping you dry on drizzly days. It’s a perfect rain jacket replacement.
Ubestyle UPF 50+ High-Waist Leggings
If you live in activewear (no judgment here—we do too!), upgrade to a pair of leggings with UPF protection. These Amazon leggings, which pack UPF 50+ protection, are a must-have for an al fresco yoga session, a stroll along the beach or simply day-to-day wear. Pick from 14 colors and up to a size XXL.
L.L.Bean Sand Beach Cover-Up
Easy, breezy beach cover-ups are beautiful, but most won’t protect you from the sun’s scorching rays. That’s where this L.L.Bean cover-up comes in handy. It’s lightweight and breathable, with fast-drying and moisture-wicking fabric. It features UPF 50+, the highest-rated sun protection possible.
Patagonia Kids’ Capilene UPF Hoody
It’s hard to slather sunscreen on wiggly kids. So, give them an extra layer of UPF (and yourself an extra sigh of relief) with sun protection clothing, like this pint-sized Patagonia sweatshirt. Not only does it have 40+ UPF protection, but it dries quickly and keeps kids cool in all types of weather. Pack this in your beach bag, as the fun colors are also sure to help your kids stand out on a busy beach.
Athleta UPF Relaxed Jacket
What’s not to like about this Athleta jacket? It features UPF 50+ protection, sweat-wicking capabilities and a goes-with-everything style that tops a variety of summer outfits. Best yet, this lightweight spring jacket is available in sizes XXS to 3X as well as regular, tall and petite sizing. It’s all but guaranteed you’ll find a perfect fit.
Lululemon UV Protection Wide Brim Hat
Keys? Check. Wallet? Check. Phone? Check. How about reel-safe sunscreen and a serious sun hat? Add this sweat-wicking Lululemon hat, which is available in beige or black, to your everyday must-haves. It’s lightweight and flexible, making it a breeze to throw in your beach bag or suitcase. The UPF 40+ protection is an added bonus too.
Eddie Bauer Men’s UPF Long-Sleeve Shirt
Sun protection clothing comes in all shapes and styles, including men’s long-sleeve shirts. This Eddie Bauer Guide 2.0 shirt is perfect for fishing, backyard barbecuing or simply everyday summer wear. No need to worry about overheating, either. The shirt’s moisture-wicking technology keeps the fabric off your skin even on the stickiest of days. (Just don’t forget a layer of natural sunscreen.)
Summersalt The Waterside Ruffle Rash Guard
Whether you’re headed to a pool party or building sandcastles with your family, wear this ruffle rash guard over your favorite swimsuit. (Summersalt offers a wide assortment of flattering swimsuits for women of all sizes and ages.) The rash guard spares you from the sun with UPF 50+ protection. It also stands up to all the harsh summer materials like salt, sand, sunscreen and chlorine.
Madewell Nylon Cargo Shorts
These breathable Madewell nylon shorts will come in handy over and over this summer, whether you’re headed out for a hike or going to weed your garden. The built-in adjustable belt ensures a comfy fit, while the mesh-lined pockets and quick-dry fabric are convenient for any outdoor adventure. Their UPF 40+ sun protection is just a bonus. Try these Bermuda shorts for more thigh protection.
Beyond Yoga On the Down Low T-Shirt
You can never have enough basic white tees, especially when talking about sun protection clothing. This Beyond Yoga T-shirt features a flattering curved hem (great for pairing with leggings, jeans or a skirt) and UPF 40 fabric that shields you from harmful UV rays. Basic? Not so much.
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