Some of the things that really make an outfit memorable are outstanding accessories. However, unless you’re living in a dark cave all year long, you probably know that you’re getting bombarded by the sun’s damaging rays all the time and not just on warm sunny days. When you’re considering what to purchase as new additions to your wardrobe, sun-protective UPF 50+ items should be at the top of your list. Featured here are sun-protecting UPF 50+ accessories from Wallaroo Hats and Coolibar that are so chic, no one will know that they also protect you from the sun. All they will know is that you have great style!
Is UPF 50+ the same as SPF 50?
SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor. It is the ratio of UV radiation dose required to produce recognizable redness on the skin that has been protected with a sunscreen from the UV radiation dose required to produce the same redness on unprotected skin (using a clinical test procedure on human skin). An SPF rating tells you how much longer it will take for your skin to begin to redden with the product on than if your skin was unprotected. However, UPF stands for Ultraviolet Protection Factor. It is the amount of ultraviolet radiation that a fabric blocks. When you see an SPF rating you’re most likely looking at makeup or skincare/sunscreen. When you see a UPF rating you are looking for a fabric that provides one of the most convenient forms of protection against ultraviolet radiation.
A Go-With-Everything Great Hat, From Wallaroo!
Where I live in Florida, hats are a must-have. I was searching for a wide-brimmed UPF 50+ sun-protecting hat that wouldn’t make me look like a lampshade. To my delight, I found it! It’s the Montecito by Wallaroo Hats. This rancher-style hat comes in sage, camel, or my sample, natural. The faux leather cord with gold metal tips adds a chic detail. A drawstring inside the hat with a fabric rim for comfort and to deflect sweat makes this quite adjustable. But the thing is, it looks pretty good on just about anyone. even me.
The brim is big enough to protect your face and eyes, but no one will ever know that except for you. Furthermore, besides the high fashion quotient and the fact that you can fold it like a taco in your suitcase, the UPF 50+ fabric blocks 97.5% of ultraviolet rays. This is according to the Australian Radiation Protection Agency.
I am wearing the Wallaroo Montecito Hat in this photo above with a beach coverup by *Jordan Taylor Beachwear . See more Summer fashion in our upcoming August 9th advicesisters.com story.
A 4″ brim also shields your face and eyes from the sun. and a slim leather band wraps around the top of the hat. I am thinking of putting a feather or a jeweled pin on mine. Since it’s fabric, not straw, you can! I’m taking this hat everywhere with me this summer. However, there are so many eye-catching UPF 50+ fabric hats on the Wallaroo hats website that I had a hard time choosing just one to suggest to you. This one checks all the boxes for going with everything, anywhere. See more! Visit: https://wallaroohats.com/
Cool Clothing UPF 50+ By Coolibar:
Now That’s a Hat!
The model looks like a glamorous fashionista in this hat that is so large it turns heads but packs almost flat for travel. I wouldn’t wear this next hat on a windy day, even with the attached adjustable strap. However, the Coolibar Women’s Compact in a Snap!™ Shelby Shapeable Poolside Hat UPF 50+($59) is a serious sunshade you wear on your head. If you want to pack this one you simply roll it and secure it together with the ribbon bow snap.
Searching for a UPF 50+ fashion hat with a very large, shapeable wide brim hat? This hat is the largest in the Coolibar hat lineup for a reason. At approximately a Circumference of 22 ½” with a 7″ brim for maximum protection and UPF 50+, you will turn heads. While it’s not recommended for swimming and it’s not salt-water resistant, I see this more as a hat for the pool, brunch in the City, or for picnicking or strolling around.
Take it with you on your next beach vacation and you’ll find heads swiveling to see who is behind that hat! The wired brim allows you to customize your coverage according to the position of the sun, blocking damaging UV rays from ever reaching the delicate skin on your face and neck. This is a one size fits all hat, but it also has a sturdy chin strap to keep in on your head.
I look terrible in hats in general, but I will wear this one because it’s a true skin saver. You still need SPF if you want to be really safe. But this light and breathable polyester weave, hat really does a whopping good job of blocking 98% of UVA/UB+VB rays. This is such a large hat that to pack it, you fold it flat first, unsnap the bow on the left side, flip the hat over, and begin rolling the hat towards the center. Then you then roll the other side and snap it to fasten into a cone shape.
In the photo above I am wearing a cute terry tennis dress/coverup by Jordan Taylor Beachwear (see this with other fashion pieces in our August 9th advicesisters.com fashion story) and a turquoise UPF 50+ shawl also by Coolibar (see it further down in this story).
This Skort Goes Everywhere!
Coolibar has a website full of fun UPF 50+ clothing. I think the Travel Skort above and the shawl below are must-haves for anyone who travels. Of course, you can wear these at home as well.
This travel skort by Coolibar is so multi-tasking. It’s the UPF 50+ Pisa Travel Skort ($79). I love skorts as they bring you the best of a short skirt with shorts underneath. The silky LuxeLite fabric (polyester and spandex) is slightly stretchy, lightweight, breathable, moisture-wicking, and quick dry. It is available in four colors (black, blue, beige, and rose) and in XXS to 3X. I love that this is so size-inclusive.
The skort looks like a regular skirt but it is guaranteed to block 98% of UVA/UVB rays. Since the skort is relatively short (almost to my knee at 5′ 2″) therefore you will still want to protect your legs and feet with sunscreen, But at least you’re mixing fashion with sun protection on a significant part of your body. You can also pair it with a UPF 50+ top if you wish, or one of Coolibar’s wraps (see below) for when there’s a chill or you’ve had enough sun. The light, breathable UPF 50+ fabric (unlike sunscreen) never washes off or out.
And There’s More:
You will wear this at home, of course. But when you travel, it has several advantages that no one will see but you. There are front slash pockets and a pocket with velcro in the back. But there is also a hidden RFID-blocking zip pocket on the side seam to keep your credit cards. And even better, there is a hidden key pocket in the undershorts. You can travel/shop/sightsee virtually hands-free with this skort!
Chase the Chill and get UPF 50+ Protection Too:
I’m always cold even when everyone else is wearing shorts. So I like to have a package shawl with me for restaurants, chilly evenings, and travel. One that I really like is the lace-trimmed Coolibar Bodrum Sun Shawl ($45). It feels like soft, organic cotton but it’s really Mykona™ UPF 50+ fabric.
This generously sized UPF 50+ fashion shawl is a 72″ x 29″ shawl and has pretty lace trim. Ours is in turquoise, which is one of my favorite colors. But you can also get it in a white shawl, a black one, and one with stripes.
What is Mykona™ Fabric?
Coolibar says that Mykona is the very first UPF 50+ slub fabric and it’s made with Organic ZnO cotton that is grown and produced with strict social and environmental standards. There is a bit of a stretch to Mykona so you can drape it. Apparently, the eco-friendly fabric is made with less water, less energy, and no toxic chemicals. Coolibar has a number of other shawls wraps and jackets but this one is a classic shape that packs flat for travel or tote.
This is machine washable. You’ll wear it to chase the chill and protect yourself from the sun. I think you will reach for it again and again. For the Coolibar clothing above and much more UPF 50+ fashion, visit https://www.coolibar.com/
Tip: advicesisters.com has other great sun protection facts, ideas, and products. CLICK HERE to read them
*(Jordan Taylor is great for Summer wear, but their products are not UPF).
*photos of alison blackman on the page are by Anthony Sabatini