Summer 2011 Fashion: Stylish Sun Protection

by Christina Makoyawo · May 31, 2011

We can never speak enough about sun protection. As our beautiful planet milli-inches more towards the sun [Scary thought eh? We didn't even have a Spring!], we HAVE to protect our skin.  Why not be stylish while you're at it. Here's a mini buyer's guide to some wardrobe pieces to liven up and guard you up against the sun.

A warning of what could happen if you don't take precaution:

Okay so you don't want to look like this...or maybe you do given that engagement ring.

Nor do you want to OD and look like this shellacked-up chap...he looks like he fought his sunscreen bottle actually.


Protect that precious dome of yours with these stylish summer hats.

We all know the sun damages skin but what about the heat & UV rays attacking our hair? The sun has the tendency to suck out the moisture (no brainer) from each and every strand on our heads. Needless to say this would go hand in hand with protein damage. The heat also affects our hair's protein, more specifically the keratin within the hair. Protecting your head's mane is as essential as your skin.

American Apparel, $38 & $40

Bebe Striped Floppy Hat, $49

Madewell Panama Hat, $58

Here's some new sunscreen to load up your arsenal of sun protection!

This Dior 'Diorsnow UV shield' sunscreen is packed with UV protection, antioxidants and triples as a light-weight luminous lotion. Purchase here, for $50.

This sunscreen by Aubrey Organics is packed with natural ingredients including Organic Matcha Green Tea, which serves as a powerful antioxidant. For smoothing & moisturizing of the skin they added Jojoba & sunflower oils. Purchase here, for $13.

Aveeno kind of broke the usual sunscreen mold with their Hydrosport Sunblock Spray. Loaded with an SPF of 85, their lightweight formula acts an actual thin but breathable shield that sticks to skin even after you've frolicked in the pool. Purchase here, for $12.

If you're done getting wet in the water, why not let these lounge numbers adorn your body.

French Connection Pina Colada Beach Full Length Skirt, $105

Free People Point D'Esprit Maxi Slip, $98.

Aqua Egg Contrast Stripe Panel Maxi Dress, $184

Evil Twin Hot, Hot, Heat Maxi Mini Dress, $166

Go here for more summer sun dresses!