{How to Stylishly Wear Your Sun Protection}

If you haven’t noticed by now, the sun isn’t my best friend… So much so that I had to go down a shade in my powder. UGH, the struggle. BUT I would 100% rather cake on the sunscreen and lounge with my oversized hat than get sunburned. As a kid, playing sports outside or swimming with friends, I never saw sunscreen as a necessity. I’m sure most of us didn’t at a young age, even with our parents nagging us to put it on. Now, my skin is so sensitive that I’ll go outside for a few minutes and immediately get burnt, splotchy and produce a mass amount of freckles. The past few years I have been strict on myself to wear SPF moisturizer every day and always keep sunscreen on hand if I have a long work-day outside. But did you know that over 20% harmful UV-rays can get through your clothing and do just as much damage?

Who else’s skin is highly prone to getting freckles or burning easily? I was such a freckle covered kid and it would just get worse with all of the time I spent outside. Back then we didn’t have clothing options that protected us from the sun. In this Texas heat we were all trying to workout/play sports in the least amount of clothing as possible without dying of a heat stroke. And like I said above, who was actually that dedicated to putting on sunscreen religiously?? I know I wasn’t. I HATED sunscreen and hated how greasy I would feel after I put it on, so I elected to get a burn and freckles instead. Today, I absolutely regret that decision and my dermatologist likes to remind me of how damaged my skin is every time I go get my moles checked.

So, when I first heard about SummerSkin, I was hooked. They are a line of stylish women’s lifestyle apparel and accessories with sun protection or UPF, built right into the clothing. I’m sure most of y’all don’t know what Ultraviolet Protection Factor or UPF is, so let me tell you. Similar to the SPF of sunscreens, clothing is labeled with the associated UPF. The highest UPF rating possible is UPF 50+ and is classified as “excellent sun protection,” blocking over 98% of UV rays. All SummerSkin apparel is rated at UPF 50+. This doesn’t mean you can get away with wearing something and skimp on the sunscreen though!! Even if you just put on a daily moisturizer with SPF, you are still doing a great job protecting your skin.

With Fall on the way we still need to think about sun protection to prevent further damage to our skin. Most people don’t know that even when it’s cloudy outside we can all get sun damage! SummerSkin doesn’t only carry summer clothing but an array of pieces that you can mix, match and layer with your everyday Fall accessories. You know that I’m a little obsessed with maxi dresses and found the BEST grey (another fave) 3/4 sleeve length maxi on the website. I immediately gravitated towards this dress because 1. I can still get wear out of it in the summer and 2. I can EASILY layer this dress with a leather jacket, as I show below, or even a coat, blanket scarf, etc. The options are endless!

Now let’s talk details. This dress is SO SOFT, to the point you would never know it was good for you! ha! I am wearing a size Small and it fit me perfectly but I do love my clothing a little on the looser side. I don’t think I showed this detail but this dress also has buttons on the side, by the hem, that you can undo to make your own side slit! I opted for a knot to give it more oomph but you can wear it unbuttoned to show those sexy legs!!

I urge you to check SummerSkin out! A cause like this is so near and dear to my heart and the word needs to get out. I am such a huge advocate for sun protection and will always spread the word on the importance of sunscreen and skincare.

Outfit Details – 

Dress – SummerSkin // Shoes – Steve Madden

Bag – Camelia Roma // Leather Jacket – Trouve

Sunglasses – ILY Couture // Necklace – Ela Rae

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36 Comments

  • Reply
    Kasey
    September 21, 2016 at 6:00 pm

    I feel the same way about sunscreen!, it feels so gross! That dress is super cute, I’d love to check them out!

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    Felicia
    September 21, 2016 at 7:26 pm

    I’ve started applying sunscreen at least to my face daily. People don’t always realize how damaging the sun can be to the skin. I love this outfit!!

    Felicia | http://www.prettychicpink.com

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    Meggan
    September 21, 2016 at 7:53 pm

    Ugh girl – I have so much damage on my skin from lathering myself in baby oil as a teen!!! Now I can’t apply enough SPF!! Will definitely have to check this company out!

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    Sara
    September 21, 2016 at 9:09 pm

    I loved how you knotted and styled the dress – perfectly chic!

    xo, Sara

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    Marissa Saunders
    September 21, 2016 at 9:34 pm

    Okay, you are so gorgeous and you have the best style!

    xo, Mars
    http://www.simplymars.com

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    Nataly
    September 21, 2016 at 10:10 pm

    I love this dress! It looks super cute on you!

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    Laura Beverlin
    September 22, 2016 at 3:18 am

    Such a chic look! I love sun protective clothing–definitely checking them out!

    xo,
    Laura
    Styled Adventures

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    Kimberly Clifton
    September 22, 2016 at 4:53 am

    I spend so little time outside that I also burn very quickly! This is such a great post!

    Kim
    http://www.mrscliftonscloset.com

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    sher
    September 22, 2016 at 5:03 am

    so cute! i definitely apply sunscreen every day

    Sher
    http://www.shershegoes.com

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    miriam
    September 22, 2016 at 3:21 pm

    OK I think I need this because I am deathly afraid of the sun!!!

    Looking so good, per usual! <3

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    Alex
    September 22, 2016 at 3:30 pm

    I love SummerSkin, I have a dress from their summer line. It’s such a good concept! Love how chic you look.

    http://adoredbyalex.com

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    Ruthie
    September 22, 2016 at 3:52 pm

    What a creative idea! I can’t wait to check out this line! I don’t think people realize how important it is to protect their skin!! You look stunning babe

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    Steph
    September 22, 2016 at 6:14 pm

    Love the dress! You look stunning!

    xO – Steph
    http://www.urbanblonde.com

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    Kathryn
    September 22, 2016 at 6:33 pm

    I definitely need to look into this brand! I’m all about sun protection!

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    Nicholle Brainard
    September 22, 2016 at 9:22 pm

    I used to hate sunscreen, now I am already seeing the damage. ALL THE SUNSCREEN please!

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    Emily
    September 23, 2016 at 12:57 am

    Absolutely loving this leather jacket!

    xox E
    http://thestylehuntblog.com/

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    Lauren
    September 23, 2016 at 1:00 am

    What a great idea for clothing – the clothes look super cute!

    Lauren
    http://www.anexplorersheart.com

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    Rach
    September 23, 2016 at 2:48 am

    I am such a fun of this company! I love how they made clothing that protects you from the sun but still really cute. People don’t realize how important sun protection is until it is too late. Thanks for sharing this post!

    http://www.rdsobsessions.com

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    Greta
    September 23, 2016 at 1:47 pm

    I wear sunscreen every day! I’m like you, five minutes in the sun and I’m burnt!

    Greta | http://www.gretahollar.com

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    Audrey Stowe
    September 23, 2016 at 4:29 pm

    Such a killer look!!! The leather jacket really makes this whole look! xoxo

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    Shannon
    September 23, 2016 at 5:09 pm

    What a great concept! And the clothes actually look stylish! Love how you styled this dress!

    Shannon
    Clothes & Quotes

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    Emily | Life With Emily
    September 23, 2016 at 5:30 pm

    Obsessed with that dress. I am SO prone to freckles… I swear I get them when I’m even in my car driving down the road haha! Need to try this out!

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    Dani
    September 23, 2016 at 5:36 pm

    Love this edgy look! You make black look AMAZING girl! I am so ready for fall! xo
    Dani // http://www.daniellealexandra.com

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    April
    September 23, 2016 at 8:07 pm

    That’s seriously amazing tech… I’ve been so much more serious about taking care of my skin lately. Love.

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    Brie
    September 23, 2016 at 8:18 pm

    I absolutely love the Summer Skin dress and that it protects your skin from the sun! It looks amazing paired with the leather jacket. 🙂

    xo Brie

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    Larissa Krutewicz
    September 23, 2016 at 8:59 pm

    Amazing dress! <3

    xoxo.
    L
    livingincolorblog.com

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    Lauren
    September 26, 2016 at 3:44 am

    You are perfect! I’m the same. My foundation is lighter than it’s ever been because of how much I DON’T go out in the sun (living in Miami). Sunscreen is so important! People seem to forget that even if they don’t go out in the sun. Love it, girl!
    xo
    Lauren

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    Dede
    September 26, 2016 at 3:44 am

    Ah this look was made for you!

    Dede Raad http://www.dressupbuttercup.com

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    Emily
    September 26, 2016 at 6:17 am

    I love your style here.Perfect pairing.
    http://michaelkorsstore.znaturaloriginal.com

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    Angelle Marix
    September 26, 2016 at 6:19 am

    Gorgeous!! Loving this dress on you!!

    xoxo,
    Angelle
    http://www.dashingdarlin.com

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    Jessica
    September 26, 2016 at 6:32 am

    I feel like i used to be very sensitive when I was younger but my skin has actually gotten a lot less sensitive over the years..I’m not sure if that’s a good thing or a bad thing, but I’ll take it!
    – Jessica
    Miss Moore Style

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    Carolyna Bauer
    September 26, 2016 at 2:54 pm

    Love summerskin!! I’ve worked with them in the past and they are amazing. You look great. XOXO, Carolyna
    http://www.carolynabauer.com

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    Morgan
    September 26, 2016 at 5:55 pm

    I can’t believe the clothes have sun protection! That is the COOLEST!

    -Morgan
    How 2 Wear It [] http://how2wearit.com

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    Amanda | Glitter & Spice
    September 27, 2016 at 3:16 pm

    Oh girl I need ALL of these pieces. I am pale AF and the sun is not my bestie. Love how these are actually chic (as opposed to the shirts I got my grandfather a few years ago that have sun protection… those weren’t so chic…)
    XO Amanda | http://www.glitterandspice.com

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    Swanky Cyn
    September 29, 2016 at 4:46 am

    Oh my gosh! I love it. I thought I was the only one that tied the double slit dress. I tie mine in the middle, the front part with the back part. Kinda gives me a diaper look by the end of the day, but I don’t mind. It’s comfy like my harem pants. 🙂

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    Rachel
    October 3, 2016 at 11:41 pm

    What a fabulous idea for a clothing line! The dress is super cute and you look amazing!

    xo Rachel – To Hell in a Handbag

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