While sunblock certainly does its job, wearing an extra layer of sun protection is always a good idea, especially if you plan on being outside over an extended period of time. And if you’re hitting the golf course or attending an outdoor party, a dress with sun protection is perfect. A range of brands like Lilly Pulitzer and Coolibar offer casual yet chic styles with a UPF (ultraviolet protection factor) rating of 50+ to effectively protect your skin from harmful UV rays. To help you narrow down your search, we curated some of our favorite styles ahead.
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1. Lilly Pulitzer UPF 50+ Sophiletta Dress
A fabric blend rich in rayon makes this short-sleeve, straight-fit dress featuring a v-neck and an above the knee hemline super soft to the touch, lightweight and breathable.
Pros: It comes in four different prints. A small percentage of spandex adds the perfect amount of stretch.
Cons: Some may find the material too thin.
2. Annika by Cutter & Buck UPF 50+ Dress
For comfort and style, slip into this collared half-zip dress. The modern look is done in vibrant blue with moisture-wicking woven knit fabric. A straight-cut fit lands just above the knee for the perfect amount of coverage.
Pros: Mesh detailing also enhances breathability. The dress has an invisible front pocket and a back pocket. It comes with matching shorts to wear underneath.
Cons: It’s not offered in other colors.
3. Coolibar UPF 50+ Prado Shirt Dress
Due to Coolibar’s featherlight Aire fabric, even though this below-the-knee dress provides more coverage, it won’t leave you overheated on warm days. It features a collar with a center front hidden button placket, full-length sleeves, a chest pocket and a separate tie belt.
Pros: It comes in two attractive prints as well as solid black.
Cons: Some may prefer it were a tad shorter.