10 Sun-Protective Clothing Items That Are Actually Stylish and Perfect for Travel

Get coverage from the sun's harmful rays without looking like a total grandma with these UPF shirts, dresses and even protective pants.

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October 25, 2018

Photo By: prAna

Photo By: Coolibar

Photo By: Coolibar

Photo By: Coolibar

Photo By: Coolibar

Photo By: Coolibar

Photo By: prAna

Photo By: Coolibar

Photo By: Saks Fifth Avenue

Photo By: Athleta

Long Sleeve Crew

Sunscreen isn’t the only way to protect yourself from the sun’s harmful rays. UPF (Ultraviolet Protection Factor) clothing is designed to block ultraviolet rays from penetrating fabric and reaching your skin. Like sunscreen: the higher the UPF rating, the less UV radiation that can reach your skin. While it’s definitely not a replacement for sunscreen, UPF clothing, such as this long-sleeve crew from prAna, is a great addition to SPF while you’re out in the sun.

Buy It: prAna, $35.00

Wrap Dress

UPF clothing used to be reduced to bad, baggy dresses and water-resistant fishing shirts, but these days, there are so many fashionable choices. This midi dress is on trend for its floral pattern and wrap silhouette. It’s great for sightseeing during the day and transitions into a nice dinner outfit with extra accessories.

Buy It: Amazon, $129.00

Essential Black Pants

Black pants are a must, especially when traveling out of a carry-on. These black slacks from Coolibar go with anything, you can dress them up or down and they have 50+ UPF protection.

Buy It: Amazon, $75.00

Chambray Shirt

This classic button-down will never go out of style. Whether you’re in the great outdoors hiking or hopping around a city taking in the sights, this chambray shirt is durable, fashionable and features 50+ UPF protection.

Buy It: Amazon, $85.00

Maxi Skirt

Headed to the beach? This maxi skirt from Coolibar is super versatile. Use it as a cover-up for lunch or dress it up with a blouse and block heels for dinner.

Buy It: Amazon, $69.50

Wool Poncho

There’s a common misconception that you don’t need sunscreen in the winter, but don’t let cold weather fool you. You still need sun protection. This Merino wool poncho is cozy and warm, on trend and features a 50+ UPF rating.

Buy It: Amazon, $125.00

Wrinkle-Resistant Pants

These slacks look like dressy chinos, but they’re actually activewear. The stretchy fabric has amazing moisture-wicking technology, making these pants perfect for both a day on the trails or a night out.

Buy It: prAna, $79.00

Sweater Wrap

Say hello to your new go-to travel cardigan. Available in lots of colors, this wrap sweater is super soft and perfect for those long-haul overnight flights, but it’s also packed with UPF protection for a day of tourist hopping.

Buy It: Amazon, $75.00

Striped Polo

This classic, preppy shirt is perfect for a round of golf, sailing or hitting the trails. For a less sporty look, pair the polo with sneakers and a zip hoodie for a day of sightseeing.

Buy It: Saks Fifth Avenue, $89.00

Sheath Dress

This stretch sheath from Athleta can be worn as a cover-up or a day dress on its own. While it comes from the brand’s beach line, the incredible moisture-wicking fabric is perfect for a day in other hot environments such as theme parks or music festivals.

Buy It: Athleta, $69.00