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Meyerw01
Jul 25, 2017 8:16 AM CST
I am looking for a long sleeve shirt for gardening in very hot weather to avoid skin irritation from plants. Any suggestions? It would be a men's large.

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dyzzypyxxy
Jul 25, 2017 9:19 AM CST
I'm a redhead living in Florida - endangered species because of all the wonderful sun. So I wear the sunscreen shirts made by Coolibar. They're a nice knit fabric that breathes well, not the sticky non-breathable fabric that sunscreen shirts used to be. They're not cheap, but they do last a long time, and if you can hit one of their sales, you can get 40% off. Their site is www.coolibar.com

My dermatologist also made the point that if they save you a couple of bottles of sunscreen over the course of a summer, that's another $20. My shirts have lasted at least 4 years so far. Very comfortable.
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tarev
Jul 25, 2017 9:35 AM CST
I like the long sleeved shirts we get at Uniqlo. The material is supima cotton, not a thick type of cotton and I love how soft it feels on the skin but still allows good cover without being too tight feel. And I try to wear white colored shirt if I can outdoors, so the color does not absorb further heat.

Or at times, I wear any old short sleeved cotton shirt, but I wear driving sleeves. It might however look funky on men, but, better funky than damaged skin.
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bxncbx
Jul 25, 2017 9:36 AM CST
You can also go to any sportwear store like Dick's Sporting Goods and get a running shirt. They are breathable and dry quickly. I typically wear one when I'm out gardening for the same reason as you and also to prevent mosquito and spider bites. I have three and they have lasted almost 10 years.
Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Jul 25, 2017 12:10 PM CST
I buy long-sleeved all-cotton shirts at the thrift store. I look for good and baggy blue colored ones. If the sleeves are too long, cut them off. Smiling
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Name: Cindy
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Jul 25, 2017 12:18 PM CST
You may want to check out Duluth Trading. DD has to wear long sleeves to protect her skin from the sun but didn't want to be overly warm. She did buy one at Duluth that allows for some air flow and she's very happy with it.
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Name: Philip Becker
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Philipwonel
Jul 25, 2017 4:01 PM CST
I agree with Daisy.
Thrift store.
Buy youself a couple, or more, thin, lite shirts.
I'd, bet, farmer's, don't belive in this new tech, high dollar junk.
Look at what farmers where. I'd bet, few, if any, use this high techno, designer junk.
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Name: kathy
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katesflowers
Jul 25, 2017 6:48 PM CST
Yup, Philip, it is true, we farmers have been wearing the same shirt for a lifetime = long-sleeved, cotton, caught on the barbed wire electric fence, mended; stained when picking raspberries; once I took it off and hung it on the hook inside the tractor cab but it blew out the open window and I ran over it with the disc, I mended it; million-timed laundered/hung on the clothes line. Gosh I've got so much invested in this shirt now, why buy a new one?
AND, when I stop to talk to neighbors down the lane aways, why ... they're wearing a similar shirt Whistling
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Name: kathy
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katesflowers
Jul 25, 2017 7:39 PM CST
Yup, Philip, it is true, we farmers have been wearing the same shirt for a lifetime = long-sleeved, cotton, caught on the barbed wire electric fence, mended; stained when picking raspberries; once I took it off and hung it on the hook inside the tractor cab but it blew out the open window and I ran over it with the disc, I mended it; laundered/hung on the clothes line. Gosh I've got so much invested in this shirt now, why buy a new one?
AND, when I stop to talk to neighbors down the lane aways, why ... they're wearing a similar shirt Whistling
"Things won are done, joy's soul lies in the doing." Shakespeare
Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Jul 25, 2017 8:00 PM CST
That's why I buy my shirts as the thrift store. I wear them, tear them, mend them and eventually toss them - then go look for another (at the thrift store). Rolling on the floor laughing

Edited to add: Sometimes I don't buy the best looking shirt as I see someone in the store that could REALLY use that good lookin' shirt. So I buy the ones that look half dead before I get them home.
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plantmanager
Jul 25, 2017 8:19 PM CST
I've had the fancy Coolibar things, but I like the thrift shop shirts the best. They are cheap and last a long time. If I'm going to a party where people swim, I do have a swim coverup from Coolibar that looks great and is very protective. It even has the zinc oxide manufactured right in the item.
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Bonehead
Jul 25, 2017 8:43 PM CST
I had a sun resistant shirt once but didn't care for the style so gave it to my local thrift store. I do recall being pleasantly surprised at how cool it kept me, so it must have done good at blocking. Now I just follow the shade.
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Philipwonel
Jul 26, 2017 8:01 AM CST
I'll follow you Deb.
I me i'm with you Deb.
I follow the shade also. Thumbs up

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porkpal
Jul 26, 2017 8:22 AM CST
I like the cotton canvas shirts - Wrangler makes some - they are a little stiff and don't cling in humid weather. Air can circulate under them. Thorns don't snag on them and they also last forever.
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