Post # 1
Next weekend (so a week from now) is my bachelorette party, which is one week before my wedding. My friends have been so excited planning it, and are keeping all the activities a surprise, though they did ask me some time ago for a list of activities I’d be interested in that they could use as a guide to go off of.
During a recent conversation, my friends let slip that some portion of the daytime activities will be taking place outside (which I hadn’t been expecting, as all the stuff I’d mentioned to them was indoors). I have absolutely nothing against being outdoors! But this does present a bit of an issue I hadn’t been anticipating.
I’m now super paranoid about tan lines, since my wedding dress is strapless and this party is just a week before my wedding! I tan/burn very easily, and even with sunblock, I usually develop a tan even if I don’t burn. Ever since the weather has gotten better, I’ve been very carefully avoiding being outdoors for longer than half an hour or so in order to avoid any kind of burning or tanning, but it seems I won’t be able to avoid it next weekend!
I hope this doesn’t sound ungrateful. I am so excited for my bachelorette party and so flattered and touched by all the time, effort, and money my friends are putting into this! I am just worrying about getting burned or tanned that day, that’s all! 🙂 It sounds like it’s gonna be a few hours in the sun, so definitely long enough for me to end up with a tan!
So the question is… what’s my safest bet here for avoiding the tan line issue?
Do you guys think I’m better off covering up and going long-sleeved for my bachelorette party? (I have a cute “bride” tanktop I’d planned to wear that day, but I’m willing to sacrifice cuteness for no tan lines! Lol) It’s supposed to be mid to high 70s that day, so long sleeves wouldn’t be ideal, but I’m thinking it’s my safest option? Or does anyone else have another thought or suggestion of how to make sure I don’t get any color from the sun? Like maybe a super awesome sunscreen brand I can look into?
Post # 2
citizenerased14 : I get tan very easily, so to stay Casper the ghost white, I like Neutrogena Helioplex sunblock. I wear spf 110 every day, which is probably overkill, but even during the hottest days of summer, I don’t get tan lines. I would just reapply it often throughout the day.
Post # 3
- Wedding: May 2019 - City, State
I burn very easily, and sunscreens make me sick if I use them too often, so I wear a lot of sun protectant clothing. Check out UPF shirts/jackets on amazon. You can find some pretty cute ones and they aren’t as hot as you’d expect!
maybe something like this?
ETA: you could also do a cute shawl!
Post # 4
Your best bet is sunscreen and a long-sleeved cotton shirt. The cotton should be breathable, so you shouldn’t overheat. I have a friend who used to give walking tours in NOLA, and she swore by long-sleeved button-down cotton tops and parasols. In your case, be careful to use sunscreen at the neckline and you might want to wear a wide-brimmed sun hat, too.
Post # 5
Hat, sunscreen and sun protective clothes.
Post # 6
Wear a really high factor sunscreen, have a coverup for most of the time but if it’s really hot and you don’t want to wear it 100% of the time then mimic your dress shape. If your dress is strapless then it’s super easy, find a cute white bandeau top or dress to wear instead of the tank.
Post # 7
Thank you guys for all these suggestions! I appreciate it! ^_^
Post # 8
citizenerased14 : If the outdoors activity doesn’t involve participating in sports, perhaps this could be an option:the dress is loose so it will help you keep cool, with a light color which also helps. Paired with either a pair of sneakers with a cute design or flats, a fun brooch and a floppy hat:
Post # 9
I am so white I don’t tan I just burn. I apply sunscreen (minimum spf 50) everyday whenever the UV index is medium to high, I reapply times a day usually every two to three hours (I have a solid stick sunscreen I keep in my purse). I seek shade whenever possible, cotton shirts and parasols if shade isnt an option. I use a phone app to know the uv Index and if beach time is involved I only leave the shade of my beach umbrella for the water. :
Post # 10
Sunscreen wont be enough. It’s too risky. We all know instances where we’ve forgotten a spot and been burnt. I recommend covering up and also a parasol
Post # 11
Thanks again! I splurged on one of the long-sleeved spf 50 coverups that was linked, and a floppy beach hat. Gonna combine that with the highest SPF broad spectrum sunblock I can find and hope for the best!
I am gonna look absolutely ridiculous all covered up (and will probably sweat like a pig 😂) BUT I’d rather look silly at my bachelorette party than on my wedding day with bad tan lines! Fingers crossed this will all do the trick! I’ll find out next week…
Post # 12
Surprised no one else mentioned it, but if you can be sure you will tan and not burn, and straplines are all you are worried about, wear a strapless top. Suncream to the max, get someone to help cover every angle, and make sure you aren’t doing anything to active.
Post # 13
I have this same issue, my bachelorette party will be at a lake cabin (that’s all I know lol), and we will spend the majority of the saturday outside by the lake. I am extremely pale and burn very easily, and my bachelorette is the weekend before my wedding as well.
Because we will all be in swim wear, I just bought a bandeau type swim suit so I can avoid the strap lines and will be covered hear to toe in sunblock all day long. My friends have already said they will bring an egg timer so we will all be reminded to reapply every hour or so, and they said they will make sure to help me cover my shoulders/arms/back really well so I don’t have any weird burn patches when wearing my strapless wedding dress. I’m also planning on getting a large floppy hat to protect my face and neck. I think it will be okay. I know I’m going to be worried about it, so I’m going to be super cautious.
Post # 14
megkate87 : wear a rash guard. There are super cute ones out there.