As evidenced by edible underwear, beer-drinking hats, and T-shirts that double as road maps, the best pieces of apparel are multifunctional. Sport stylish shirts that also stave off insects with today’s Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of Insect Shield apparel from Haeleum, which vends its wearable wares exclusively online.
Haeleum combines EPA-registered Insect Shield technology with handsome moisture-wicking garments to repel the relentless nibbles of our planet’s peskiest inhabitants, including ants, mosquitoes, flies, and ticks. Odorless permethrin, a man-made variant of a natural byproduct excreted from certain chrysanthemums, treats each item in the women’s, men’s, and youth catalog, and the clothing is guaranteed to beat back bug assaults for up to 70 laundry cycles. Constructed from light-weight, 100% DrýTru polyester fabrics, Haeleum shirts rest or stretch smoothly on the skin, stay cool and dry during periods of activity, and deny sneaky sunbeams with the strength of 30 nightclub bouncers slathered in 30+ UPF.
The carbon célan short-sleeved top is jacquard knit for exceptional air-flow properties, and wrinkle-free protection prevents confusion when the California Raisins come to town ($39.98). The long sleeves and striking color of the cadmium braedan shirt impresses whether in the backyard, in the woods, or climbing up the office’s mountain of discarded printers ($39.98).