The sun is a death laser and it’s trying to destroy your skin. This is a condition of living on planet Earth, and most of us don’t do enough to protect ourselves. Yes, you should wear sunscreen every day, even if it’s overcast. And yes, you should seek shade whenever you can. But cowering under an umbrella isn’t a fun way to spend time at the park with friends or hanging out at the beach.

This is where sun-protective clothing comes in handy. Most people only think about sun protection during the spring and summer months, but I have a congenital allergy to UV light. If a glove, sleeve, or shirt advertises a higher protection level than it actually has, my skin tells me in the form of an itchy rash. I have to wear UPF clothing every day, so it’s safe to say that I have opinions when it comes to the fit, finish, and feel of protective clothing. After weeks of testing this summer (and so, so, so many rashes), these are my favorite sun-protective clothes for everyday wear.

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