Preventing Skin Cancer Is Stylishly Hot!

stylish clothing that protects against the sun

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I'm probably in the minority, but I don't love to tan. I don't like the way I look with a tan, and I hate how dry and worn my skin looks several days after a good bake. My dermatologist obviously loves my pale self for this, though my husband does say my legs are a little scary when I wear dark shorts.

I really should have been born in Jane Austen's time period because I would have fit right in with all those sun-shy English ladies with parasols.

Unfortunately, parasols are not in fashion right now (a girl can hope), but I was happy to learn that some of the hottest style trends for summer also offer tons of sun protection.

I should probably defer to Beauty & Style Buzz guru Cafe Michele for the real scoop. The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center is not the fashion capital of the world by any stretch. But those docs do know their UVAs like anyone's business.


Here's a list of must-have sun protection clothing and accessories for summer from MD Anderson dermatologist Susan Y. Chon:

Sunglasses The trendiest sunglasses are those with extra-large frames that help shield the delicate skin around the eyes from skin cancer and aging. Sunglasses should have broad UV protect that absorbs at least 99 percent of UV rays.

Leggings A runway staple that can go under dresses and tunics, and even in hot weather they are not as heavy as pants. Women tend to develop skin cancer on their legs at a much higher rate than men, probably due to more exposure from wearing bathing suits and shorts.

Long dresses The move from mini to maxi or full-length dresses were everywhere on the spring/summer 2009 runway -- being worn for day and night.

Hats This season on the runway, the bigger the brim, the better. These modern, wide-brimmed sun hats (try to find a tightly woven one) shield the face, neck, ears and chest.

Tunic tops Boho-style beach cover-ups with long sleeves are a great way to save the skin from over-exposure in a teeny-bikini. Plus, they can transition from day to night when worn with chunky bracelets, necklaces and belts.

Scarves Summery shawls and scarves in lightweight fabrics are back again, helping to keep forgotten spots, such as the back of the neck and decolletage, safe.

One-piece bathing suits These are always "in," and help to protect the stomach and lower back (an area often missed while applying sunscreen).



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