Did you hear the great news? Our exclusive UltraSofts® brand is not only one of the softest interlock knits made today, but it was recently awarded a grade of EXCELLENT by the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), rating our UltraSofts® to be UPF 50+ which means that your precious skin is protected by our exclusive knit, and this makes us extra happy!

You read that right ladies, UltraSofts® provides excellent UV protection in many types of weather. Here’s some food for thought: Did you ever think you could be sunburned on a cloudy day? Or even through a window? Did you know, all skin tones need protection from the sun? Interesting, right? As summer arrives, we relish being outdoors. Sitting by the pool, laying on the beach, or walking in the park are some of the activities we all love this season. Wearing UltraSofts® and knowing your skin is protected from the sun, will make being out and about more enjoyable!

It’s important to note, a relatively new rating designation for sun protective textiles and clothing is UPF (Ultraviolet Protection Factor), which represents the ratio of sunburn-causing UV rays measured without and with the protection of the fabric composition.[i]

UPF Rating Protection Category % UV radiation Blocked
UPF 15 – 24 Good 93.3 – 95.9
UPF 25 – 39 Very Good 96.0 – 97.4
UPF 40 – 50+ Excellent 97.5 – 98+

An additional reference work by Paul Johnson at: www.sunshinefacts.com helps us to appreciate that UPF 50+ means that the garment only allows 1/50th (2%) of the sun’s harmful UV radiation to pass through the garment.  UPF 50 blocks approximately 98% of the sun’s radiation before it reaches your skin.

So, what does all of this mean for you, me, and our summer wardrobe? National’s UltraSofts® collection offers EXCELLENT UV protection in so many styles! Hooray, I love options! It’s fun to shop with National, and we offer you savings on the ultimate in comfort and style. More importantly, we can offer you the sun protection you’ll need for summer styling.

There is only one thing left to ask gals, which UltraSofts® styles will you shop for today? I’ve chosen my favorite UltraSofts® UV styles. What are your favorites? Shop the UPF 50+ Collection and shine on with National today.

Happy Summer,


[i] Johnson, Paul. Summer Fun Winter, Fun Sunshine Facts-An Outdoor Vacation Resource, © 2019 Sunshine Facts.


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