UV Couture's Gabrielle Hoodie is designed for travellers who love the sun, but need more protection than a parasol.
How it works
A long-sleeve cover-up made from SPF 50+ fabric, the hoodie effectively does the work of a heavy-duty sunscreen. (If you plan to take it on and off, then apply sunscreen too.) At first glance, I question the comfort factor. The hoodie is form-fitting and the spandex-like texture reminds me of something I'd wear to stay warm while running. But at high noon on the beach (and without any sunscreen), I feel cool and comfortable, my upper body is totally covered and I don't get burned.
Pros and cons
It rolls up into a beach bag and washes easily by hand in a hotel sink. I don't make use of the hood, but like the long sleeves that cover up hands. It's a Canadian-made product, so you'll be supporting a homegrown business.
Die-hard sun worshippers may think it's too much coverage, but it's a smart and stylish top you can wear from beach to bistro. $99, http://www.uvcouture.com