Q & Answer: Is There Sun Protective Clothing Out There That Isn’t Supremely Dorky?
Joel asks, and adds:
I have looked at various outdoor clothing brands, but everything
has a million buckles and zippers. I just want a simple OCBD that will
keep me from getting melanoma! Any help?
As a pale male myself, Joel, I feel your pain. The good news is that most (not all?) clothing offers some measure of skin protection from the sun’s harmful rays, even a plain OCBD. And while the amount of protection a given item offers is hard to pin down specifically, the general protectiveness of a garment follows a pretty logical formula:
Weave–Tighter weaves offer more protection than loose weaves. If you hold a fabric up to the light and can see through it, UV waves can probably get through. Slubby linen? Bad. Denim? Good.
Color–White clothing is the least sun protective. Dyes help.
Weight–Very generally, heavier weight fabric offers more protection.
Fiber–Cotton is among the least protective textile components. Nylon and polyester are better in this case.
Naturally, it doesn’t help a LOT to know that wearing layers of dense, heavyweight clothing offers full sun protection, because you need full protection when it’s hot and your preferred number of layers would be zero. When you’re wearing one layer only, knowing the UPF rating of your clothing can help.
Unfortunately, as Joel has found, most companies that make UPF focused clothing are less focused on style. Outdoor gear companies are far more likely to specify UPF than, say, Brooks Brothers, who presumably assume you’re wearing their clothing under primarily fluorescent office lights. Some decent choices right now?
Another (potentially more expensive and involved) option is finding UPF fabric in bulk and having your clothing custom made. According to Derek, depending on your size, you will need 1.5-2 yards of fabric (assuming it’s 59" in width) to make a shirt. Cottonwork and Proper Cloth are two good options for this sort of thing—and both will work with a customer’s fabric.
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