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By Rachel Greenberg

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Sunny days beg to be spent outdoors, but it’s important not to over-expose yourself to the sun’s strong rays. In addition to being diligent about sunscreen, there are a few fashion choices that will help shield your skin during barbecues, pool parties, picnics, beach days and other outdoor activities. In fact, we'd say these five lightweight pieces are outfit essentials for any safe (and stylish!) sunny day.

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Hat

It’s possible to protect your scalp without going sporty with a baseball cap or preppy with a printed bucket hat. Instead, try a straw fedora, woven Panama hat or oversized sunhat to achieve an elegant effect.

Madewell.com

Biltmore & Madewell Panama Hat, $58

& Other Stories Straw Fedora, $25

Hat Attack Floppy Sun Hat, $89.50

Rash guard

Once used primarily for water sports, rash guards are making a fashion play as of late — and we love the "athleisure" style for long, hot days by the beach. This season’s sun shirts are not only a great alternative to a traditional bikini top; they’ll also look great with your favorite shorts.

JCrew.com

Old Navy Women’s Patterned Rash Guard, $24

Nanette Lepore Maharaja Rash Guard with Zipper, $92

J. Crew Sailor Stripe Rash Guard, $55

Sunglasses

Shield your eyes from harmful rays and annoying glare the movie star way — with a pair of glamorous shades. Opt for an oversized silhouette or a unique frame to instantly elevate your outfit.

WarbyParker.com

Warby Parker Banks Sunglasses, $95

H&M Sunglasses, $8

Stella McCartney Animal Print Square Frame Sunglasses, $86

Linen pants

Coverage in the summer months needs to be balanced by breathable fabrics. A relaxed linen trouser feels appropriate anywhere from the backyard to the farmer’s market and is airy enough to feel comfortable on the hottest of days. Opt for light colors and a loose fit and you’ll never want to take them off.

VictoriasSecret.com

Lou & Grey Linen Zip Pocket Joggers, $60

Pilcro Linen Trousers, $88

Victoria’s Secret The Beach Pant, $20

Summer scarf

If the thought of wearing a scarf when it’s sweltering outside makes you laugh, hear us out. This versatile accessory does wonders as a sarong or head cover and can be just the buffer you need between your skin and the sun if you feel yourself getting burnt. Opt for a gauzy version and tie it to your tote when it’s not in use — the pop of color will still contribute to your overall look!

JoeFresh.com

Zara Bandana Print Scarf, $16

Joe Fresh Stripe Light Scarf, $10

COS Lightweight Printed Scarf, $69