Stylish Summer Party Dresses with Sun Protection

Choosing the coolest (or is it hottest?) outfits for those beach and poolside parties, summer picnics, cookouts, and BBQs? Here’s something to take note of. When it comes to having fun in the sun, fashion apparently counts for more than just making you look good!

There are now summer wear lines that are made of fabric with an ultraviolet protection factor (UPF), like these 12 fab finds we’re sharing. So, check for dress labels with a UPF of 50 (98% of UV rays blocked) to be both stylishly and safely dressed for those summer parties! (*this post contains affiliate links from Amazon)

Find the Perfect Outdoor Party Dress with Sun Protection


1 – Coolibar UPF 50+ Women’s Summer Wrap Dress
For a slightly dressier summer gathering, here’s a lovely choice featuring a wrap neckline, 3/4 length kimono sleeves, a curved wrap hem, and a self-tie waist. The luxurious, silky aire SUNTECT® fabric with UPF 50+ drapes beautifully and is feather-light and breathable with built-in stretch.

2 – SUMMERSKIN Women’s Sun Protection Maxi Dress
Eye-catching in coral, this sleeveless maxi dress is made with a soft and breathable bamboo-rayon-spandex blend for easy movement – and rated UPF 50+ for excellent sun protection. A side slit with hidden button closures, plus a back pleat with ladder-stitch detail gives a flattering and comfortable fit.

3 – Coolibar Women’s Oceanside Tunic Dress
Love the black and white palm leaf print of this tunic dress with a feminine notch neckline, 3/4 sleeve length, side seam vents, and mid-thigh length. Made from ZnO SUNTECT® fabric from a bamboo/spandex blend with UPF 50+ sun protection and the highest quality zinc oxide protection; super soft, lightweight, cool and comfortable.

4 – Coolibar UPF 50+ Women’s Tie Front Dress
A striped nod to the nautical with this relaxed fit, pull-on dress with an open crew neck, full length sleeves, and a flattering adjustable tie front. Made with ZnO SUNTECT® cotton/viscose fabric from a bamboo/spandex blend, it is super soft against the skin, lightweight, cool, and comfortable, and offers UPF 50+ sun protection.

5 – Cabana Life Women’s Three-quarter Sleeve Cabana Shift Dress
Cool in a soft-blue gardenia gardens print, this fitted shift dress with three-quarters sleeves is designed for comfort and ease. Its quality material is quick dry, retains its shape, and is highly resistant to chlorine, salt water, and avobenzone-free sunscreens. Plus, its 50+ UV protection lasts the life of the garment.

6 – Cabana Life Women’s Three-quarter Sleeve Tunic Dress
Another fitted tunic style summer dress, this time in a breezy green and bright blue combo. A button-closure keyhole neckline, and slits at the cuffs of the three-quarter sleeves and on the sides of the mid-thigh hem provide unique touches. Its fabric is rated at 50+ UPF, and is quick dry, retains shape, and is resistant to chlorine, salt water and avobenzone-free sunscreens.

7 – Columbia Women’s Freezer Maxi Dress
Definitely easy wear, this pull-on maxi dress has a sleeveless, fitted top flaring to a relaxed skirt with side slit. Its fabric in a “collegiate mosaic navy dot” print features Columbia’s special Omni-Freeze™ technology that reacts with your sweat to lower the temperature of the material, so you feel cooler! Plus it’s combined with Omni-Shade™ UPF 50 sun protection.

8 – Lilly Pulitzer Women’s Upf 50+ Rylie Cover-up Dress
In Lilly Pulitzer’s classic pastels, this long-sleeved summer cover-up can also be worn as a party dress. Its 93% rayon + 7% Lycra Spandex fabric features a playful “multi sea, salt, and sun” print, with a UPF 50+ sun protection rating.

9 – SUMMERSKIN Women’s Sun Protection Maxi Dress
Remember the cute coral dress above? Here’s its variant, but this time in black and heather-grey stripes. Not in your usual summer colors, this pull-on maxi dress can be worn at other occasions as well. Its blend of soft, breathable bamboo, rayon, and cotton spandex provides maximum comfort, along with its side slit and back pleat with ladder-stitching. And it has a rating of UPF 50+ for superior sun protection.

10 – Coolibar UPF 50+ Women’s Tie Sleeve Dress
Pretty in a magenta paisley print, this slightly fitted shift dress would be a breeze to wear at any outdoor event. It’s designed for both comfort and style with its boat neckline, 3/4 length sleeves with ties at the cuffs, and side seam vents on the skirt that ends slightly above the knee. In addition, it’s made with cotton/viscose fabric from a bamboo/spandex blend that’s light, cool, and soft against the skin with a UPF 50+ sun protection rating.

11 – Lilly Pulitzer Women’s UPF 50+ Sophie Ruffle Dress
It’s that hint of ruffles on the three-quarter sleeves that add a flirty touch to this shift dress in “High Tide Tropicolada” print. Its UPF sun protective fabric is a rayon + Lycra Spandex blend that is lightweight, cool, and so summer-ready!

12 – Coolibar UPF 50+ Women’s Oceanside Tunic Dress
The perfect balmy look with its pattern of tropical leaves in Baja Blue, this pull-on style assures effortless style and comfort. The comfortable, lightweight fabric offers UPF 50+ sun protection, while its side seam vents and mid-thigh length makes it great for everyday use.


With dress choices like these, summer partying never looked so pretty while being stylish and sun-safe, too!

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