Spray Tans – What To Wear

What to wear after a spray tan

Don’t let clingy clothes and bad weather ruin your spray tan!

It’s so important to leave our spray tanning salon with a loose, protective post-tan outfit to keep your spray tan looking fabulous.

Take advice from this post, and you won’t have to walk about Glasgow in your pyjamas or your Dad’s gym clothes to keep your tan on!

What’s not good to wear

  • Leggings
  • Tights
  • Tight Jeans
  • Clothes with tight sleeves
  • Bra or bra with straps
  • Leather
  • Boots 
  • Jewellery

What to wear to a spray tan appointment

  • A long-sleeved, dark, loose t-shirt or jumper that’s a bit loose at the sleeves
  • If you’re feeling a bit extra – buy ‘The Bronzie’: click here
  • Slightly baggy trousers or tracksuit bottom that covers your legs entirely (adjustable tie preferable)
  • Trainers or plimsolls with laces that can be widened if needed
  • Waterproof, long-sleeved coat with a hood
  • Bring an umbrella just in case

T-shirt, blouse or shirt?

A loose, long-sleeved top is essential after a spray tan, so the tan doesn’t rub off easily if the top is too tight on your body. Loose wristed sleeves are best, so no lines are created at the wrist. It’s also best to tuck your top into your trousers to stop the top of the trousers from rubbing against your skin as you walk.

Leggings, trousers, shorts, skirts or dresses?

Jeans, tights and leggings are an absolute no-no when it comes to tanning. Although leggings seem stretchy, it’s actually the seam of the leggings that can cause a problem. On jeans and leggings, there will almost always be a seam line down the thigh’s inner and outer side, which makes the tan gather and become darker. This results in a darker brown line all the way down the thighs, which isn’t the best look!

Tights are the lesser of those two tanning evils, but they will still cling to the skin, which may rub off tan, causing your legs to be slightly lighter than the rest of your body.

Slightly baggy work trousers, tracksuit bottoms or harem pants are ideal for bringing along to your appointment, especially ones that trousers can adjust with ties. They must go all the way down your leg so that you are protected from rain or puddle splashing.

There are hundreds of after spray tan outfits to choose from online. ‘The Bronzie’ is my personal favourite for jumpsuits suitable for colder countries, and ‘The Little Tanning Dress’ is excellent for warmer climates.


We are in Glasgow, which means we have unpredictable weather. Therefore a long-sleeved jacket with a hood will protect you from the rain as droplets of water hitting your spray tan can ruin it. Loose gloves may also be a good idea if the weather is terrible.

If you’re wearing a bag, make sure you don’t carry it on your shoulder or arm if this makes lines.


Boots are great for avoiding splashes from the rain, but they can cause rubbing all around the ankles and legs. 

From our experience, it’s best to wear flip flops, trainers or plimsolls after a spray tan as you can adjust these types of footwear to prevent tan rubbing off. 

Another great tip is to dust talcum powder (once you’ve dried for 5-10 mins) on your feet. This locks in the tan and prevents it from rubbing off while you walk!

Other helpful tips 

  • Park close, get a taxi or get someone to pick you up
  • We have disposable rain ponchos that we give away for free just in case you forget your coat
  • Avoid seat belt strap marks by keeping your coat on in the car