Summer is here and, of course, we want to fully enjoy the sunny weather. But how do you survive the hot weather in style? I have 3 tips for you to avoid feeling and looking sweaty and help you stay cool at work this summer. Just enjoy!
Tip 1: Your clothes may be slightly looser!
It is best to choose for loose fitting clothing. Because your clothes must be able to breathe to keep your body cool. Fabric that doesn’t breathe properly keeps sweat and warm air close to your skin. So just wear thin and light weight clothing. The fewer grams of textiles you carry on your skin, the less your body needs to work to stay cool.
Think of a loose fitted skirt or pair of pants with wide legs and loose top. The picture below shows a dress by Fenny Faber – that you can combine in different ways with taupe colored pumps for a professional look or sneakers for a casual look.
Tip 2: best fabrics for summer!
Wear fabrics made for the heat. Natural fabrics are ideal in warm weather. Cotton is soft and light. And linen is strong. Of course they crease but they exude a sense of casual confidence and cool attitude. If you like a more formal look, you can choose (tropical) wool. Wool is crease-resistant, gives an appearance of body and retains its shape. There are many blend fabrics of wool, linen, silk (for the shine), cupro or viscose. Just make sure that the fabric is suitable to wear in hot weather conditions. Because looser weaves, finer threads and more porous materials are comfortable and breathable summer fabrics. A tight cotton fabric is not and holds a great deal of moisture and heat.
Here you see a jumpsuit by Rhumaa which is made of lyocell and of very light weight fabric (feels like viscose). You can finish it off with a short jacket and high heels for a day at the office or with slippers for walking around town.
Tip 3: Cover up and limit sun exposure!
Stripping down isn’t always a good way to cool off on a steamy day! Long sleeved shirts, long skirts and long pants (as shown in the picture below with an outfit of Claes Iversen) can keep you cooler than a sleeveless top or short dress because they keep direct sunlight away from your body. But be aware that covering up doesn’t block out all UV rays. If you can see light through your fabric, the garment is offering little protection. Nowadays you also have sun protected clothes or products that are used like laundry detergents in a washing machine and add a layer of UV protection.
Have fun this summer!
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