Summer’s here and with it, the sun-kissed days we’ve been dreaming of all winter. But while you’re soaking up those golden rays, it’s crucial to keep your skin protected. The good news is you can shield yourself from the sun and look fabulous at the same time. 

Here’s how to protect your skin in style. 

Head to the Hat Rack
Hats aren’t just a fashion statement; they’re your first line of defence against sunburn and premature aging. Wide-brimmed hats are as trendy as they are functional. Think oversized, floppy brims that scream glamour while also providing shade for your face, neck, and shoulders. Choose natural fibres like straw and cotton for breathability and comfort.

I love a visor but my scalp does not. And while a trendy baseball cap offers some protection, it leaves much of your face and neck exposed. Instead, opt for a trendy bucket hat if you’re looking for a sportier vibe. These provide 360-degree protection and come in a variety of fun patterns and colours.

Go Big With Shades
When it comes to sunglasses, bigger is better. Large, oversized styles not only make you look like a movie star but also offer more coverage to protect your eyes and the delicate skin around them. Look for sunglasses with UV400 protection, which blocks 100% of UVA and UVB rays. 

Aviators and wayfarers remain timeless classics, but the latest trend includes bold, geometric shapes and coloured lenses. Mirrored lenses are also in, reflecting away even more sunlight. Ditch the small, narrow frames—they may be trendy, but they don’t do much in the way of sun protection. Or, channel your inner Cory Hart and only wear those at night. 

Wrap It Up
Lightweight wraps and scarves are perfect for adding a touch of elegance to your sun-safe outfit. Vicky and Ruza at Jus B Gauze Burlington suggest draping them over your shoulders or using them to cover your legs when the sun gets too intense. “Think breathable fabrics like linen and cotton in bright, summery prints or classic neutrals.”

“Sarongs are also making a stylish return, versatile enough to be used as skirts, dresses, or even headscarves. Heavy, dark-coloured fabrics can make you overheat, so go for light and airy.”

Less Skin Is More
“For swimwear, opt for maximum coverage with classic one-piece suits or tankinis,” advises Karen Capocci from Linea Intima in Oakville. “This season’s modern designs along with playful prints and colour blocking are trending. If a bikini is more your style it can be paired with pretty cover-ups, tunics, and sarongs that will add a fun and functional layer to your beachy or poolside look.”  

Choose UPF Fabrics
Synthetic fibres like polyester and nylon offer better protection than natural fibres because they are less likely to let UV rays through. However, natural fibres like tightly woven cotton and linen can also be effective. 

Some fabrics are now being treated with special UV-blocking agents. Check for labels indicating UPF ratings, and consider investing in these high-tech textiles.

Sun shirts, or rash guards, are no longer just for surfers. These stylish pieces are perfect for beach days or any outdoor activity. A UPF (Ultraviolet Protection Factor) rating of 50+ is ideal, meaning the fabric blocks 98% of the sun’s rays.

Final Touches
Don’t forget your sunscreen! No matter how covered up you are, sunscreen is essential for any exposed skin. Choose a broad-spectrum SPF 30 or higher, and reapply every two hours, especially after swimming or sweating.

Accessorize with a chic beach tote to carry all your sun-safe essentials and a reusable water bottle to stay hydrated. It’s easy to protect your skin without sacrificing style. 


Jus B Gauze,
4019 New Street,

Linea Intima,
196 Lakeshore Road East,

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