To protect yourself from the sun, choose light-coloured, loose-fitting clothing that covers much of the skin as possible, such as long pants, long-sleeved shirts and long skirts.
Tightly woven fabrics block the sun’s rays the best. Material that is dense or a heavier weight generally provides better protection from UV rays than thinner fabrics. If you can see through the fabric, UV rays can get through it. Sunscreen should be applied under sheer clothing.
Some clothing is specially made to block UV light. UV protective clothing will have the Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF) rating on the tags that will range from 15 (lowest level of protection) to 50+ (highest level of protection). The higher the UPF rating, the greater the amount of UV light that is blocked.
Learn more about sun-protective clothing from the Canadian Cancer Society to better protect yourself from the sun.