5 Tips For Dressing For Success While Having Fun in The Sun This Summer

Clothes are our first line of defense against the sun’s rays and despite popular belief, covering up with clothes in the summer won’t make you hotter. You can cover up while staying cool and fashionable as you take advantage of the beautiful weather this summer, and here are five ways you can do it.

Purchase UPF labeled clothing.

All clothes provide protection from the sun’s harmful rays, but some manufacturers provide a UPF (Ultraviolet Protective Factor) label on their clothes that tell customers just how much protection their clothes provide for ultraviolet rays. These labels read much like a bottle of sunscreen does, with an article of clothing rated as UPF 30 meaning that it blocks all but 1/30th of the sun’s ultraviolet rays. The higher the rating the better protection the clothing provides. Cabana Life and MOTT 50 are two great places to shop online for UPF labeled clothing.

Cabana Life

Mott 50

Choose the right materials.

Choosing the right material can make all the difference in staying cool this summer. Natural silk or lightweight synthetic materials such as rayon, polyester, and nylon are good choices for blocking out harmful rays while allowing you to stay dry and cool. Workout clothes are also a good choice as they provide protection while also ensuring comfort.


Avoid tight fitting clothes.

Wearing tight fitting clothes traps heat and moisture against our bodies, causing us to feel hotter. A much better choice for the summer months is light and loose fitting clothing that allows air to circulate around our bodies and carry off excess heat. You will be much more comfortable in a long, loose, flowing cotton dress than you would be in a pair of tight fitting jeans.

Choose bright or dark colors.

Many people think they should avoid wearing dark clothes in the summer because they will make them hotter, but actually dark colors absorb more of the sun’s ultraviolet rays than light colors do. As long as you are not wearing too thin of a material, a black shirt will allow less ultraviolet rays to penetrate your skin than a white shirt will. For this reason consider adding more blacks and reds to your summer wardrobe.

Add a wide-brimmed hat and 100% UV protection sunglasses.

Skin cancer occurs more frequently on the head and face than any other part of the body, so be sure to remember to also provide protection for your head, face, and eyes. The best way to do that is by topping off your summer outfits with a fun wide-brimmed hat and 100 % UV protection sunglasses. For the best protection choose a hat that is made of tightly woven material and has a three inch brim, as these have been shown to reduce sun exposure by two-thirds. Make sure to protect your eyes as well by wearing a stylish pair of sunglasses that are labeled to offer 100% UV protection.

Happy New Year

A New Year is upon us!

Like many, I spend this time reflecting on what has transpired in the past year and setting up my intentions for the year to come. I had the perfect opportunity to reminisce on the picturesque train ride from Milan to Zermatt my family and I took over the Christmas holidays.

As the train chugged its way into the mountains and I sat watching the snow covered pine trees flash across the window, I was overcome with pure gratitude – gratitude for my life, health, family, and friends. I am grateful for garnering the courage to be “not just a penguin,” to not hide in the shadows and to come out into the sun to play – fashionably sun protected of course. I am grateful to not have melanoma. I am grateful to have my husband and two sons who support and love me, and give me the opportunity to love them back. I am grateful for all the travel I was able to embark. I am grateful to have the chance to share my experiences with all of you; to be involved in fashion; and to work with creative and insightful minds.

I am grateful for YOU!

They say that the process of taking the time to consciously acknowledge what you are grateful for spurs an increase of the “happy hormones” in your body. I have to say they are right, because I couldn’t be happier and more excited for the present moment, as well as for all that is to come. I look forward to continuing to share my ideas and experiences with you about fashion and a sun sensible lifestyle, and I encourage you to also share and provide constructive feedback along the way. Most importantly, I wish you all, my dear friends, a happy, exciting, positive, healthy, insightful, adventurous, and joyous New Year!