Chic Ways to Cover Up This Summer

Don’t let harmful UV rays ruin your summer, protect yourself in the chicest ways possible

We are blessed to live in a beautiful, tropical paradise like Hong Kong. With beautiful beaches and stunning jungle just a few minutes away, of course Hong Kongers want to get outside and enjoy the beautiful weather! But with beautiful sunny days come scary, harmful UV rays.

UV rays are ultra violet light that emit from the sun, and they’re linked to skin cancer, melanoma, premature aging, cataracts and more. Basically, they’re no good for you. But that doesn’t mean you can’t go outside! There are a few easy – and chic – ways to stay protected beyond your basic SPF.

Sun Hats

If you’ve been on Instagram in the past year you know that sun hats are back, in a big way. What used to be every mom’s favourite functional accessory is now a fashionistas best friend – and the bigger, the better. Any hat will help protect your delicate face from UV rays, but we’re partial to an oversized straw hat. It makes a statement and keeps you safe. We love this oversized option from ASOS, which is made even more attractive because of their great shipping and returns policy!

Caftans

Another item that’s come back into vogue is the caftan. Sure, it’s a favourite of grandmothers around the world, but now fashionistas are jumping on the bandwagon. Designers from the high street (hi Anthropology) to unique boutiques (we love Karim Bouriad Bazar in Morocco) are embracing the flowy, elegant and uber-feminine piece. Throw it on at the pool, the beach or on the boat and stay chic and sun-safe all day long. Looking for inspiration? Hong Kong’s own Dervla Louli knows how to rock a caftan like no one else!

Read more: #MyLKF Wellness Edition with Dervla Louli

Sunglasses

Every girl’s favourite accessory is a cool pair of sunnies. The right ones complete an outfit and add that special je ne sais quoi that comes with being a bit mysterious. We love a good pair of sunglasses, and they’re a great way to keep your eyes healthy and safe on long summer days (and beyond). You can’t go wrong with a classic pair of Ray Ban Aviators, which are universally flattering. If you want something more daring, follow the models and rock a pair of sleek micro sunglasses, as seen on all the top models. Check out Versace and Gucci for some stunning options.

Protective Clothing

And finally, one of the best ways to stay protected from the sun is to embrace sun-protective clothing. No longer just for surfers, protective shirts and shorts often have 50+ SPF, which keeps you safe from harmful rays all day long – no sunscreen required. Breathable and light, sun protective clothing is comfortable on the hottest of days. Coolibar has options for day-to-day wear and beachwear, and they ship to Hong Kong. Check them out to see if they have something that works for you.

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