1. UV-protective clothing
You should be familiar with the term sun protection factor (SPF) because you should be applying a sunblock with at least an SPF of 30 every day, even if you’re staying at home indoors. (If you’re not, it’s not too late to start now.) But have you heard of UPF — ultraviolet protection factor? The rating indicates how effective an article of clothing is in shielding you from the sun rays.
According to Japanese label Uniqlo, “UPF measures how many times more it would take for your bare skin to be sunburned from the same sunlight exposure” and that “a higher UPF offers better UV-blocking properties due to longer UV protection”. In addition, Uniqlo agrees that non-UPF treated fabrics only have a low UPF rating of 5 and would thus be insufficient to protect your skin from UV rays.
Uniqlo has released a collection of outerwear comprising parkas, cardigans and hoodies for both men and women that are minimal yet stylish. As the category suggests, these are meant to be worn over other outfits, including the brand’s perfect-for-summer AIRism range, to shield you from UV rays.
2. Big sunglasses
Trendy mini sunglasses, like those sported teetering close to the ends of noses on the likes of Kylie Jenner, Rihanna and Dua Lipa, might be cute for the ‘gram and all, but they simply do not provide enough shade protection against the sun’s rays.
Instead, we’re advocating for large, goggle-like sunglasses that cover from the eyebrows to the top of the cheeks as they block out as much light as possible. Remember, sunglasses are the only sunblock option for your precious peepers. Lastly, ensure that your sunglass is actually certified to have UV protection.
We are currently loving the XL size of this Dior pair that was released as part of the summer’19 collection as it has a large size while retaining lightweight properties with ultra-thin frames. In addition, its rectangular silhouette is flattering to most face shapes. You could even wear this for days where you’re just running errands and don’t want to put on too much makeup.
DiorSoLight2 sunglasses, price upon request, from Dior.
3. Straw hat
A straw hat is almost synonymous with summer vacay. It’s undeniably your best friend in balmy weather because 1) it shades you from the sun and 2) it looks cute with a breezy summer outfit, whether you’re going for a beach party or just lounging by the pool.
This summer, we’re opting for a straw hat with straps because you can securely knot them around your face to prevent them from flying away with the wind. The last thing you want to do on a romantic picnic date at Marina Barrage is to chase after your hat, right? We also don’t recommend a visor if you’re going to spend a long time in the sun because scalp sunburn is real.
Certified with a UPF 50 rating, this unisex straw hat from American label Sungrubbies comes in two sizes (medium and extra large) and sports a minimalist design that can complement well with your summer outfits.
Hat, $56, from Sungrubbies.
4. White shirt
White shirts are a wardrobe staple to look sharp for work. But there’s no reason to keep them in the closet for the weekends either. Whether it’s a t-shirt or a button-up shirt, you can dress them down in a multitude of ways — from making it into a crop top by tying a knot to french tucking it into casual wide-legged trousers or denim jeans with a straw bag in tow.
Plus, white reflects heat so it will keep you cool too- — just choose a looser silhouette or one made with a thinner, lightweight fabric such as silk or linen.
Made with a lightweight combination of viscose and polyester, this Maje number comes with feminine floral lace guipure detailing on the cuffs and collar. You can wear it tucked into a high-waisted mini skirt or unbutton a few buttons to reveal a sexy lace bralette or bikini underneath.
Top, $310, from Maje.
5. Flat sandals
Summer is a period to spend time outdoors and enjoy nature. You might be taking more walks in the park or heading to yacht parties, so proper footwear are in order to fulfil your needs. And by that we mean flats, because well, it’s self-explanatory why they are a better choice than heels. Sandals get our vote because not only are the straps secure, they are also girly and chic, and easy to pair with your coveralls and kaftans.
We’re loving the warm bronze tones of these Charles & Keith flats, especially when complemented against a trendy animal print ankle wrap strap that adds just enough pizzazz without being too over the top. Wear with a monochromatic outfit and let this elegant pair shine.
Sandals, $49.90, from Charles & Keith.
6. Linen clothing
Made out of fibres of the flax plant, linen is another summer staple to have in your wardrobe. Not only is it lightweight, linen is also absorbent and breathable, which means that it can absorb your perspiration and wick them away to ensure that you feel fresh and cool. Plus, linen clothing come in a rainbow of colours, from its natural shade of ivory and ecru to black, red and blue even, so trust us when we say it’s hardly a boring choice.
Great for a weekend al fresco brunch date or for work, this earthy brown Marks & Spencer number is a versatile piece to add to your collection. Pair it with gold jewellery and leather boots. It is also available in navy, light blue and black.
Dress, $129.90, from Marks & Spencer.