A Guide to Sun Protective Clothing

The warmer days definitely have me thinking more and more about sun protection. In addition to sunscreen, last summer I started buying sun protective clothing to add an extra layer of coverage and protection from the sun. This was especially helpful during vacation days spent by the sand and waves. I felt very silly at first walking around in long sleeves on the beach, but I was thankful much later in the day when I still felt A-Ok! There are several great brands with clothing items that have the Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF). As you will see, there are various levels of UPF ratings that correspond to the level of UV radiation blocked.

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I generally aim for products in the “Excellent” category. I will tell you that I struggled at first to find items that would be both protective and stylish. It is possible, though! I have spent lots of time searching through the internet and stores to find great (and affordable!) products. Here are some of my favorite items and brands for sun protective clothing.

Old Navy

I don’t buy many items from Old Navy, but they do often have great deals on swimwear and activewear with a UPF rating. I have a few activewear shirts from them that are lightweight and perfect for walks outside.


Boat-Neck Rashguard for Women


Go-Dry Fitted Performance Seamless Tank for Women


Columbia has a wide selection of basic sun protective clothing. They have everything from shirts to hats to shorts. I am not always a huge fan of styles, but I have a few of their shirts I like to throw on while at the beach or for a walk. They are breathable and functional. I try to buy the fun colors, like bright pink, when purchasing items from Columbia.


Columbia Women’s Bahama Long Sleeve Shirt, X-Large, Haute Pink


Athleta is the golden girl of stylish activewear and swimwear. Their selection of UPF clothing is expansive. I’ve purchased several tops from them, and the quality is always outstanding. I do think it’s worth trying on a few items in the store to get your sizing down.



Wick-It™ Wader Coverup

Mott 50

I love browsing the items on Mott 50. It’s an easy shopping experience since all of their items have a UPF rating. Their collection is stylish and functional. The products are on the higher end of pricing compared to the other brands listed.


Cameron Swim Shirt


Penelope Straw Gardening Hat


This is my go to site for dreaming about waves and yoga by the beach. Their selection of sun protective swimwear and activewear is full of color! The site always inspires me to get outside.


Rai Swim Tight 


Lahari One Piece

There are so many great sun protective clothing and swimwear options these day! Don’t forget that the clothing never replaces a good sunscreen. You can see my favorite sunscreens by clicking here. Also, if you have any favorite brand or items please comment below. I would love to hear from you!

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