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Denim and Darker Colors Are Your Warm Weather Friends

Since clothing is the single best form of sun protection, combining style with sun safety is real fashion sense.

Fashion Inteligência with Stylist Sharon Ryan

Immersed in the fashion industry for two decades, stylist Sharon Ryan has had her work featured in Harper’s Bazaar, GQ and Esquire, among many other publications. In recent years, she’s seen the industry grow aware of the dangers of ultraviolet (UV) damage. Dressing safe in the sun has become fashionable, sophisticated and fun. Here Ryan offers tips on how to combine current trends with sun protection. 

  • Flared pants and culottes are trendy this spring/summer, and offer more coverage than shorts. Pair a wide or swingy bottom with a close-fitted polo shirt, collar up to shield your neck against the sun, or a high-gloss, long-sleeved silk blouse that deflects the sun’s rays.
  • Midi skirts (reaching the knee or mid-calf) and maxi skirts and dresses are relaxed summer styles that protect your legs from the sun better than miniskirts and short sundresses. Find skirts in bright blues, yellows, and gingham patterns —which are popular this season and provide better sun defense than light, pale shades.
  • Carry a sunbrella to create your own shade and pair with a long-sleeved, densely woven kimono-style jacket.
  • Always wear 99-100 percent UV-protective glasses. Panama hats, wide-brimmed straw hats and straw fedora hats are great summer looks.
  • 70’s styles such as kaftans (loose-fitting, long dresses), enormous wide-brimmed hats and oversized sunglasses are all popular summer looks and offer excellent protection. Find a kaftan in polyester or rayon, fabrics which offer excellent sun protection.

Published on July 22, 2015