Stylish Sun Protection Clothing and Accessories for Women Over 50

Women over 50 now know that the best way to keep skin looking healthy is with sun protection. And we all know to wear high SPF sunscreens with the best ingredients on our skin. But on top of that, why not go a step further? We can wear clothing and accessories to give us added protection, and look super chic while doing so. Here are some of the best sun protection clothing and accessories you will want to wear this summer. And they are stylish too!

Chic Sun Protection Clothing and Accessories

Here are 6 chic ways to cover up and protect yourself from the sun’s damaging rays. I cannot stress this enough, but even when you wear these clothes and accessories, you still need to use sunscreen on your skin.

UPF Clothing

Yes, they make clothing to specifically block UV Radiation. UPF stands for Ultraviolet Protection Factor, and these garments are  labeled with a UPF rating. Look for a UPF rating of 30 or higher for adequate protection. UPF clothing comes in a variety of styles, including shirts, pants, dresses and hats. This Athleta Pacifica Illume UPF hooded jacket (now $68) is super versatile because you can wear it as a beach coverup, while exercising outdoors or for any other time you want to shield yourself from the sun. The sporty-chic look is on trend for 2024. You can even put the hood up to cover the back of your neck. It comes in 6 colors and it has a UPF rating of 40+.


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Swim Coverups

You don’t need to only wear clothing labeled UPF to get some of the same benefits. Long sleeved shirts, dresses, shorts or pants can help to cover and protect your body from the sun’s harmful rays. In fact blue and other bright colors have a high UPF, even more than white. So why not wear something like this long sleeve Echo gauze boyfriend shirt, $89 and shorts, $79 over your swimsuit? It will give your skin the added coverage to keep your body protected, and you just might feel more confident wearing it to the beach.

Sun Hat

A wide brimmed sun hat will shade your hair, head, ears and face. And you can look glamorous while wearing one. We can avoid hair color changes from sunlight, a sunburned head (if you are like me and have thinning hair) or adding any more damage to the skin on our face simply by wearing a hat in the summer along (with your sunscreen of course). This Physician Endorsed Cordoba straw hat is a perfect choice for $87.  And it is easy to take along with you since it is packable too.

Summer Scarf

A scarf is a fabulous way to keep the sun off the delicate skin on your neck and shoulders during the summer months. Choose a lightweight woven fabric for warm weather like this Fraas Vichy Check Scarf for $78. The oblong shape works well to wear around your neck or over your shoulders like a shawl. Besides, it adds instant drama to a simple t-shirt.


It’s not only important to protect your eye-lids and undereyes from the ravaging sun, but your eyeballs themselves need to be shielded. Find a pair of sunglasses with 100% UV protection in a style with a lot of coverage around your eyes and face. The AAO (The American Academy of Ophthalmology) recommends choosing sunglasses that have 100% UV protection or UV400 protection to block both UVA and UVB rays. And bigger is better when it comes to protecting your eyes. These cool oversized Ray-Ban Magellan Square Sunglasses (now $134.40) will do just that.

Gardening Sleeves

Here is a chic way to cover your hands in the summer. The skin in your hands really needs to be protected, too. So while gardening, doing other outdoor chores or even driving, these YPHCDO Gardening Sleeves form Amazon, $16.99 in a whimsical botanical print with have you covered.


Do you have any sun protection clothing or accessories that you like to wear?


Carol Calacci

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