There have been many technological developments in clothing over the years, making it easier than ever to have your garments work double-time. A shirt can not only cover your skin, but also protect it from both ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB) light. But real talk: a lot of clothing items with Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF) leave much to be desired in the fashion department.
Sure, everyone wants to protect their skin, but it would be nice to not have to make sartorial sacrifices in order to do so — and I don’t think anyone has snagged a date while wearing a florescent rash guard. That said, here are some sun-safe items you won’t feel ashamed to wear. Just click on the photo to go to the Amazon link and mahalo for the commission!
BALEAF Women’s Long Sleeve Shirts with Face Cover UPF 50+
This windproof hoodie features UPF50+ and covers your face, neck, and head for all-round protection from the sun’s harmful UVA/UVB rays. The quick dry fabric keeps you cool and the 4-way stretch keeps you unrestricted. A win-win.
Body Glove Women’s Long Sleeve Rashguard with UPF 50+
If you’re being active, it’s hard to go wrong with this classic from Body Glove. A part of their “Smoothies” collection, this fitted long sleeve rash guard will provide excellent sun protection when you’re in the water and out of it.
Women’s UPF 50+ UV Sun Protection Safari Shirt
This safari shirt by Jessie Kidden has a lot of tricks up its sleeve. Some of its many features include: a sun collar that flips up to provide UV protection for your neck, two chest pockets with secure hook-and-loop closures, plus a loop above the left pocket to hang your sunglasses from. Form and function, ladies and gentlemen.
Coolibar UPF 50+ Women’s Heyday Side Split Shirt
Turn heads with this relaxed fit sun protective top designed for travel or everyday wear. This shirt is comfortable and sporty right down to the scoop neckline. Sleek and lightweight, it has the added benefit of UPF 50+.
KORALHY UPF 50+ V-Neck Quick Dry Polo
Breathe new life into your office look with this active-inspired polo shirt for women which wicks moisture and resists snags thanks to its flexible, breathable fabric. Super comfortable to wear all day long, this polo provides natural range of motion for your body, making it perfect for golf, tennis, or just everyday casual wear to work.
Coolibar UPF 50+ Women’s Cannes Tunic Dress
This dress is delightfully charming with a dainty flounce detail at the end of each sleeve. Sculpted from Coolibar’s luxurious and ultra-lightweight Aire fabric, you will be amazed by how cool the fabric feels against your skin, even during the most intense hours of the sun.
Lilly Pulitzer Women’s UPF 50+ Sophie Dress
Dress smartly and stylishly for sunny days in the Sophie dress. Featuring a three-quarter sleeve and UPF 50+, with its straight fit, boat neckline and gold button detail at shoulder and cuff, this dress works well in the office or for any casual outing.
prAna Women’s Corrine Dress
Made from a jersey fabric blend of hemp, recycled poly and Tencel Lyocell, this sleeveless-tank knit from prAna includes natural odor-reducing features, UPF 30+, longer front and back hems, and a relaxed fit.
Columbia Men’s Terminal Tackle Long Sleeve Shirt
This comfortable long sleeve tee takes advantage of Columbia’s advanced material technology. Its breathable, quick wicking fabric, pulls moisture and perspiration away to keep you dryer and comfortable all day.
Willit Men’s UPF 50+ Sun Protection Hoodie Long Sleeve
With moisture-wicking technology and UPF 50+ protection against UV rays, this men’s sun shirt from Willit carries zero-burden and gives your an airy feel during summer workouts.
Naviskin Men’s UPF 50+ Sun Protection Long Sleeve Shirt
Made with soft, moisture-wicking material, this long sleeve feels amazing against your skin while staying light and cool to the touch — great for golfing, hiking, traveling and for daily use.
Kanu Surf Men’s Short Sleeve UPF 50+ Swim Shirt
Kanu Surf presents its newest swim tee which features a much looser fit than traditional rash guards for even more comfort and versatility. Ideal for both surfers of all levels as well as recreational athletes.
Columbia Men’s Low Drag Offshore Short Sleeve Shirt
This short sleeve fishing shirt from Columbia features its signature UPF 40 fabric that helps block harmful UVA and UVB rays. Lightweight and made with an antimicrobial treatment, it also has hidden vents at the shoulders and 100% polyester ripstop fabric.
Hanes Men’s Sport Cool Dri Performance Tee
Bright and light, the Cool DRI t-shirt from Hanes is a polyester performance top that actually performs. Moisture-wicking technology keeps you cool and comfortable while a 50+ ultraviolet protection factor rating keeps you safe from harmful UV rays.
Coolibar UPF 50+ Men’s Coppitt Long Sleeve Weekend Polo
Made from comfortable and ultra soft lightweight fabric, Coolibar’s Coppitt Long Sleeve Weekend Polo is the perfect sun protection clothing choice for casual days. Available in sleek stripes or rich solid colors, this long sleeve polo shirts for men may be worn with a blazer for brunch or paired with casual shorts or swim trunks.
O’Neill Men’s Hybrid UPF
Show off those guns from the surf to the sand in the O’Neill Hybrid Tank Top with UPF 50+ UV protection. The slim fit wears close to the body while allowing for movement and the HyperDry technology ensures that you stay comfortable in and out of the water.
Iplay Breatheasy Sun Protection Shirt
This shirt provides all-day, UPF 50+ sun protection without having to apply sunscreen to baby’s delicate skin. The breathable, quick-dry, wicking material is lightweight and helps pull moisture away from the skin, keeping them cool during active play. A perfect coverup after swimming, and the front pocket is useful for collecting treasures.
SAND.SALT.SURF.SUN. Pirate Girl Youth UPF 50+ Long Sleeve
Featuring UPF 50+, this shirt is breathable, lightweight, comfortable, and sure to keep the sun’s rays from penetrating through to your skin. The 4.1-ounce, 100% Microfiber Polyester fabric is powered by PURE-tech moisture-wicking technology which is permanently infused in the fibers of the fabric.
Simple Joys by Carter’s Boys’ Assorted Rashguard Set
Rash guards can be fun! There are plenty of options at Carter’s — the tops feature various color block designs and the swim trunks have functional draw cord and are mesh lined.
Coolibar UPF 50+ Toddler Coco Plum Everyday Long Sleeve Graphic T-Shirt
Searching for sun shirts that’ll keep up with your busy kids? This one from Coolibar is a definite winner. Made in ZnO fabric, this toddler sun shirt is lightweight, cool, and super soft against the skin.
PlayaPup Dog Sun Protective Lightweight Shirts for Female Dogs, UPF 50+
Fashionable and lightweight, this shirt is great for hot days to help keep your dog’s coat cool all day long. Comfortable, super soft and quick-drying, it also offer 4-way stretch meaning no sagging!
Tooth and Honey UPF Dog Shirt
Ideal for short-haired, thin-skinned dogs who want to go to the beach or outside on summer days, this UPF 50 dog SPF shirt blocks approximately 98% of the sun’s radiation before it reaches the skin and offer a cut-out area underneath for male dogs.
DOGZSTUFF Dog Cooling Vest UPF 50+
The multi-layer dog jacket is made for longer lasting evaporative cooling function. It reduces fatigue, prevents heat stress and helps to alleviate dehydration. This clever shirt has both an outer and inner layer of cooling microfiber fabric working to draw the heat from your dog, in between is a cotton wicking layer which keeps the coat damp for longer cooling effect.