The weave and weight are the most important factors in determining the sun protective effectiveness of fabrics, but it turns out color plays an important role too.
We were all told growing up to wear lighter colors because they are the coolest colors in the sun, but scientific studies have proven that darker colors are more effective at protecting us from the sun's harmful UV rays. Just like a denser weave can prevent UV rays from reaching and damaging our skin, so too can certain colors.
Read on to discover the best colors to wear in the sun and how to wear your favorite colors while still ensuring high sun protection.
Choose dark and intense colors for sun protection
A study conducted in Spain found that fabrics with darker or more intense colors tended to have better UV radiation protection than lighter colors. Of all colors tested, dark blue offered the best levels of UV protection, making it the best color to wear in the sun. Contrary to the popular belief that they are the coolest colors in the sun, white and yellow were the worst performing colors in terms of UV protection.
So why is this the case? The researchers admitted that, whilst the results of their tests were conclusive, they were not entirely sure why some colors performed better at preventing UV rays from penetrating fabrics than others.
The Cancer Council in Australia suggests that darker colors absorb UV rays, which helps block them from your skin. That’s why dark blue, black, and dark red are the best colors for sun protection compared to white or pastel colors of the same fabric.
Make sure your favorite colors are the coolest colors in the sun
As a leading Australian sun protective clothing brand, Solbari tests every fabric with the Australian Government. We can confirm from our fabric testing results that darker colors are the best colors for sun protection. Of course, that doesn’t mean you can’t still be safe in the sun while wearing your favorite colors.
We only offer the best fabrics for sun protection and these still come in a range of stylish colors. All our garments have been tested and rated UPF50+ by the Australian Government. So, no matter which products you choose, you can wear any of the color options with confidence.
Find the best fabrics for sun protection at Solbari
Dermatologists recommend sun protective clothing to prevent sunburn and skin cancer. That’s because you can still get sunburned through regular clothing. Instead of relying on the coolest colors in the sun or the best colors for sun protection, you need to wear clothing that has been designed to block UV rays.
Solbari’s award-winning range includes UPF 50+ shirts, polos, trousers, arm sleeves, and umbrellas in a wide variety of colors to suit all your needs and preferences.