We are in the height of the summer…..and heat! Honestly, not my favorite time of the year. I would much rather be cold than hot….and I despise applying (and reapplying) sunscreen on myself and my kids.
This summer I rounded up my favorite go-to styles and products that have helped me stay cool, get out AND limit having to wear sunscreen. They also include some that I think are great for keeping the bugs away. If you don’t know, I am also 34 weeks pregnant with Baby #5 and very much over maternity clothing. So, in most of these, I just sized up and wear them comfortably now. This round we are featuring styles form Columbia, White Sierra, Mountain Khakis, Pistil, Purple Rain, Toad&Co. & Craghoppers.
I also am always ALWAYS on the lookout for great outdoor clothing for women, so please do comment with your favorites too so I can add them! There is no way I could cover all the great gear that is out there in one post (but I love you giving me your suggestions!) Plus, I am not wearing many pants/shorts these days, so need your suggestions!
And before I get going, here’s a coupon for White Sierra! Use code MAMA33 for 33% everything on their site!: https://www.whitesierra.com/
Also, I’m going to save you all from a billion photos of myself. Be sure to check out the descriptions of each item, though, where I go into more detail on how they fit, etc.
Favorite sun/wicking shirts:
- Columbia Trail Strike Shirt: $100 I really like this one because it has a bit of stretch in it AND a zippered pocket in the front that I can throw even my bigger iPhone 7 into. Lightweight, perfect for dunking in the river and wearing wet, and easy to roll up the sleeves if you prefer that.
White Sierra Gobi Desert Shirt $40: This one is pretty similar to Columbia’s Trail Strike in that it has UPF 30, is very lightweight and comfortable and has roll up sleeves. There are no pockets on it, but it’s also a much better price-point too!
- Columbia PFG Zero Long Sleeve Shirt &
- Short Sleeve version $40: I really, really love this one and wear it all the time (in both versions). It has the Columbia Omni-Freeze ZERO technology to keep you cooler, and I swear by it. I stay cooler in these than any other shirt I own (including the two above). It’s also super soft, washes really well (which says a lot for those light colors) and keeps me comfortable. Also available for men and kids!
- White Sierra Odor Free Striped Tee $30: While this one doesn’t have sun protection in it necessarily, it is great for wicking and staying comfortable while playing outside, adventuring and looking cute too. I love that it’s just a bit longer for more coverage and it’s stretchy for ease of movement.
Favorite Bug-Free Shirts:
- White Sierra Bug-Free Henley: This one doesn’t work super awesome pregnant, but it seems to be fairly effective at keeping bugs at bay, which I really appreciate! I look forward to wearing it more when I am baby-bump free!
- Craghoppers Astrid Cardigan (find on Amazon here): I wear this one a ton too. While I have had a mosquito bite me through it, I think it general it does keep the bugs away much more than without it. I like that I can just throw it on over whatever I am wearing and have a little more coverage from the elements in general.
- White Sierra Bug Free Trail Hoody: Just a little more protection with a hood and long sleeves for when the bugs are swarming at dusk and dawn!
- Bug Free Multifunctional Headwear: Ok, so this isn’t a shirt, but can be used in SO many ways and is the perfect addition to camping when you don’t want to do your hair anyway….
- Columbia All Who Wander Skirt (or buy here on Amazon): This one is super soft and stretchy. It does tend to cling a bit and is more of a pencil skirt. But, I like that I have full range of motion in it and can layer it under other tunics, dresses and shirts.
- Mountain Khakis Solitude Maxi: I’m all about the Maxi dresses right now. I get compliments on this one all the time. It’s comfy and wears well. My only gripe? It requires a bra that crosses in the back. Even sizing up, I don’t feel like it’s too long (and I am on the short side!)
- Mountain Khakis Go Time Dress: SUPER comfortable and soft – this one is like wearing a long tee shirt all the time. I often layer it over the Wander skirt just because I prefer a little extra length right now.
- PFG Reel Beauty Maxi II Dress: This is the other one I wear a couple times a week. Omni-Wick technology, SPF 15 and a super comfortable feel. I think I’ll get it in another color next year too.
- Nuu-Muu Ruu: While this post is all about women, I have to say that my 3 year old daughter wears her Nuu-Muu dresses literally almost every day. They’re perfect for wicking, staying comfortable and cool and layering up. I see them more of a long tunic than an actual dress, but you can do just about everything in them (I always pair them with shorts or leggings).
- Purple Rain Skirt: This one remains my favorite outdoor skirt. I had Mandy from Purple Rain make me a custom one that’s just a few inches longer, and I love the extra coverage while maintaining freedom of movement. It also has the best quick-dry AND big pockets for carrying what I need!
- Toad&Co. Montauket Long Skirt (Buy on Amazon here): Just enough stretch and super comfortable fabric, a slit for keeping cool, my favorite waistband and a flattering pattern. Oh how I love thee, Toad&Co! Perfect for dressing up or down.
- Columbia Global Adventure Sun Hat: So this one is the only one I have pictured that is more of woven than the others, but it still has a wicking band and I have folded it up and beat it up and it’s going strong. The only thing to note is that it does come in sizes, and apparently I have more of a larger head than smaller (so should have sized up!)
- Pistil Highland Hat: Super comfortable, lightweight and wicking! The brim isn’t too super huge, but I feel like it gives adequate coverage. You can seriously do anything to this hat and it won’t mess it up!
- Pistil Tish: If you prefer more of a cap style, this one is cute and comes in a couple of colors. The holes do allow a bit more airflow, but on really hot days, I do still get hot in it. I also get tons of compliments on it when I wear it.
- Pistil Mina: I LOVE this one. Very similar to the highland, but a wider brim. I call it my “Aussie” hat because I feel like it’s straight from the Outback. Very comfortable for wearing all day long!
- Sunday Afternoons Quest Hat: I have had this one for years actually and still wear it often. Breathes well, floats well and has that under chin strap that is breakaway for safety.
- Mountain Khakis Bison Patch Trucker Hat: Totally a favorite MKs hat. Kids steal it from me constantly and it’s the perfect Wyoming hat…..which draws a lot of attention, which is not always welcome! Like all MKs hats, very comfy and breathes well!
Today we get to give some gear away to THREE lucky winners. Here’s what’s up for grabs:
- $75 gift card to Mountain Khakis
- Pistil Highland Hat (photo above)
- Pistil Mina Hat (photo below)
As usual, please use the widget below to enter to win. The winners will be emailed and announced on this post in the widget. Have questions? Please don’t hesitate to contact me at mountainmamatales(at)gmail(dot)com so I can help! This giveaway is open to the U.S. and Canada.
Also, don’t forget this coupon code for White Sierra! Use code MAMA33 for 33% everything on their site!: https://www.whitesierra.com/
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