Every parent has been there — you apply and reapply sunscreen, only to worry about whether your child has enough protection from powerful UV rays. These concerns can be alleviated by outfitting your kiddos in one of this summer’s hottest fashion trends — sun-protective clothing.
Designers are now offering adorable yet practical fashions for kids in quality fabrics that provide substantial protection from the sun. While regular clothing only has an SPF of about 7, most pieces of sun-protective clothing offer a UPF (ultraviolet protection factor — the rating applied to sun-protective clothing) of 50. The best part: When it comes to sun-protective clothing, there’s no need to sacrifice style for functionality. Sun protective clothing is offered in some of the most desirable shapes, colors and prints for children. Summer fashion has never been so smart.
One word of caution though — even when you send your little ones out in clothing that packs some extra protection from the sun, you still need to load up their exposed parts with sunscreen. We know, it’s a pain. But if you need some extra motivation, consider that a study last year by Ohio State University’s Comprehensive Cancer Center found that wearing SPF 30 sunscreen reduces your risk of developing melanoma, the most dangerous form of skin cancer, by up to 80 percent. (That goes for you too, moms. Here are some of the best makeups and moisturizers with SPF to keep you protected!)
Ready to suit up those kiddos for sun-safe summer fun? Here are some of the best sun-protective clothing items to keep them looking great in and out of the water.
Hearts Classic Swimsuit & Rash Top Set, $79, Snapper Rock
Terry Beach Poncho, $40, UV Skinz
Mini Toni Boatneck Dress, $54, Mott50
Shark-52 Hat, $28, Wallaroo
Little Boy Long-Sleeve Rash Guard Set, $30, SwimZip
Mini Jeff Athletic Play Shirt, $39, Mott50
Anchor Pool Boardie, $46, Snapper Rock
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Tracy Clifford is one of the nation’s leading fashion stylists. She has developed deep experience in the fashion industry through buying and selling for top designers and luxury boutiques, representing designers in showrooms, styling photoshoots and styling individual clients. Tracy loves to help clients feel beautiful and confident in clothes that are complementary, stylish and perfect for their lifestyle. When Tracy is not working, you can find her shopping, reading up on the latest trends and spending time with her husband and family. Learn more at tracycliffordstyle.com.