Sun Protection

what to wear on a hot day

What is the best sun protection?

SPF 50? Well, it is important, of course. It’s just that I don’t like sunscreen: it makes me feel sticky, and it smells. So, I usually just wear my regular Nivea day cream with SPF 30. And I wear it all over my body, not just on my face. But that’s not the point here.

There are more efficient ways to protect yourself from the sun.

The first one is to simply stay out of the sun when the UV rays are the strongest, between 10 am and 5 pm. For me, this is easy: hot weather makes me feel as if my brain is melting, so I tend to stay indoors anyway. Or at least avoid walking in the sun for long periods at a time.

But the second one should be easy for everyone: wear protective clothing, and a hat.

what to wear on a hot daysandalswhat to wear on a hot day

I’m very sensitive to sun and hot weather: I burn easily, and even moderately warm temperatures (around 24-26 °C) make me feel extremely uncomfortable. I’m also prone to heat exhaustion.

This is why I prefer to wear something loose-fitting and floaty (and made of natural fibres, of course), and either a sun umbrella or a hat. A hat with a wide brim, the wider the better.

I used to carry a sun umbrella, but these days I prefer a hat, mainly because I like the hands-free convenience it provides. It seems that as I get older, my style and fashion choices are more and more governed by my need to feel comfortable at all times…

summer beachwearstraw hatMidsummer in Hanko

Outfit details:
dress: Gant (old) / hat: KN collection / sunglasses: Woobs / sandals: Bianco /
earrings: Annele World / necklace: vintage
Location: Hanko, Finland

What do you wear on a hot day?


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  1. Claudia
    25 July 2022 / 6:59 pm

    That outfit looks so cool and comfortable! I’m likewise unwilling to forgo convenience these days. On hot days, I gravitate towards kaftans, some in neutrals and others in colourful patterns, depending on my mood.

    • Tiina L
      1 August 2022 / 12:18 pm

      Thanks, Claudia! I’ve never understood why we should tolerate restrictive clothing or uncomfortable shoes in the name of style. Clothes are meant to be lived in, after all.

    • Tiina L
      1 August 2022 / 12:19 pm

      Thanks, Mireille! Isn’t it weird, in winter we dream of summer and sunshine, and in summer we do everything we can to avoid exposing ourselves to the sun….

  2. thestylesplash
    27 July 2022 / 8:41 pm

    I love your sun hat and flowing dress! I do like warm weather but only if I don’t have to exert myself too much. Thanks for joining in the link up!

    Emma xxx

    • Tiina L
      1 August 2022 / 12:20 pm

      Thanks, Emma!

  3. Q
    30 July 2022 / 10:09 am

    I prefer a loose-fitting dress made of light fabric on a hot day. I don’t wear hats, but I use a silk scarf if I need to stay long out of shade. That hat of yours looks fabulous and you carry it so elegantly.

    • Tiina L
      1 August 2022 / 12:21 pm

      Thanks! Yes, loose-fitting clothes, in natural fibres, are the best.

  4. 31 July 2022 / 5:34 am

    I am loving that dress and your hat is so stylish! 🙂 It’s a shame you don’t cope well in the heat as you look so stylish in the heat! It does get a lot hotter here in summer, 24 is like early spring temps for us 🙂

    Thank you for joining the #WeekdayWearLinkup! Hope you are having a lovely weekend 🙂

    • Tiina L
      1 August 2022 / 12:22 pm

      Thanks, Mica! I love summer, but I prefer it a bit cooler, so Nordic summer suits me just fine.

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