5 Fashion Trends That Protect Your Skin From the Sun

5 Fashion Trends That Protect Your Skin From the Sun

Summer brings long days, pleasant nights, and hopefully a vacation or two. But all that outdoor fun can be rough on your skin. When you absorb too much of the sun’s ultraviolet light, you get a sunburn. And while the pain and the redness will fade, the damage to your skin’s DNA is permanent.

Sunscreen is one major form of skin protection. Your wardrobe is another.

Luckily, spring and summer fashion isn’t just about showing skin. It’s about strategically covering up with light layers, sun blocking fabrics and cute accessories.

Arm yourself against the sun with these trendy pieces:

1. Floppy sun hats

It’s not just for horse races. This wide-brimmed hat is beloved by beach-goers and fashion bloggers alike. It turns a casual outfit into a Parisian silhouette. Made of straw, the hat typically has a natural beige color that goes with everything.

The large brim prevents harsh UV rays from hitting your most vulnerable body parts–your face and neck. And the hat’s dome shields your scalp. When the sun goes down, you can roll it up and store it in your bag. This head protector is a no-brainer.

2. Big sunglasses

Dermatologists agree that your eye area ages faster than any other part of your face. The skin around our eyes is thin and delicate, so the area is very susceptible to UV damage. Constantly squinting into bright sunlight doesn’t help.

Large sunglasses protect your vision as well as your sensitive under-eye skin. And thanks to decades of celebrity street style, they make any outfit look stylish.

Choose a pair of shades based on your face shape. If you have an oval face, you can rock ’80s-style aviators. Those with square faces could try circular glasses with a trendy color tint.

Round-faced fashionistas would look great in secretary chic cat’s-eye frames. If you’re heart-faced, look no further than the iconic Wayfarer shades.

3. Blazers

The word “blazer” came from the vivid red hue of the jackets worn by Cambridge’s rowing team. Blazers protected the athletes from the dreaded “rower’s tan”–roasted arms and shoulder blades.

A lightweight blazer is ideal for spring and early summer. This suit jacket suits a rooftop brunch or a walk in the park. To avoid the job interview look, choose a blazer with no buttons in a bright or pastel color.

The blazer saves you from the discomfort of peeling shoulders and sunburnt red forearms.

4. Bucket hats

The humble bucket hat has re-emerged as a hippie-grunge fashion statement. Farmers and fishermen were the first to protect their faces with the downward-drooping brim. Decades later, ’90s rappers made the canvas hat cool.

This unisex cap adds some Indiana Jones flair to any outfit. Practically speaking, its low brim protects your face and neck from the sun. Besides being a throwback trend piece, the bucket hat is perfect for small children. It often features an adjustable string or cord to keep it in place.

5. Maxi dresses

It’s what you dream about all year–taking a peaceful nap outside on a perfect summer day. But sunburn on your legs can seriously ruin your day. No one wants to walk around with scorched thighs. But when temperatures rise, long pants aren’t a great option.

Enter the maxi dress, a timeless warm weather staple. Some maxi dresses cling to your curves. Others, like the maxi shirt dress, have a more relaxed cut with three quarter sleeves. Many offer bold prints and bohemian vibes.

But all maxi dresses cover your legs without sacrificing summer comfort. Best of all, they flatter every body type.

During the summer months, the sun is strongest from 10 A.M. and 4 P.M. But UV rays are present on cloudy days as well. Fashion can be a powerful weapon against sun damage. From big hats to long dresses, you can cover up while staying cool.

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