A few weeks ago, I reviewed sunwear offerings from Title Nine, and I’m back today with Carve Designs summer wear. If you’re getting serious about sun protection like I am, and want travel-ready pieces that serve several purposes and mix and match with several swimsuits, read on!
Capistrano crushable hat: Soft and crushable, this wide-brim (three inch) sun hat option has a cute ribbon accent around the brim and comes in three colors that will go with anything: olive, natural (which is like a cream color) and black. This hat is equally at home on your next beach vacay or your next international trek. Pick it up on Carve Designs for $38.
Lake Sunshirt: This is the best heavier-duty sun shirt I’ve tried this summer, lightweight yet substantial. You get a full zip front, which I appreciate when I’m wearing sun hats or trucker hats, and zip pockets on each side, which is practical for a little tube of sunscreen or a chapstick. I love that this sun shirt comes in a wide variety of colors and patterns, all of which can match Carve Designs’ swimsuits. I picked up the ‘starburst’ pattern (pictured). It comes in XS-XL, and at 5’4″ and 140, the medium is perfect for me during paddleboarding sessions. This sun shirt could really double as a light jacket if the weather turns, too. You get a high neck (which can be zipped down) and UPF 50, and no hood for $58.
Breaker sun shirt: If you want a lighter weight sun shirt with an oversized hood and more room in the shoulders for paddle sports, the Breaker is less fitted than the Lake sun shirt and made of thinner material. It’s still UPF 50 with a full front zipper and zippered pockets, but you also get thumb holes and side cinch styling. It comes in three color patterns: Bay Stripe (nautical-looking navy stripes), South Point (black with minimalist flower pattern), and Water Shimmer (white with a few blue accents). I love the white, as it goes with all my board shorts and swimsuits. Pick it up in XS-XL for $90.