The western world sees summer as a break from the biting cold and even looks forward to it, planning all sorts of outdoor activities like picnics and trips to the beach.
But for a tropical country like India, the prospect of leaving an air-conditioned room at the peak of summer is met with abject dread. Unfortunately, Indian summers are synonymous with constant sweating, dehydration and even heat strokes.
It’s unfair, we know. And while we cannot do anything about the weather, we can make some recommendations to help you get through this season of sweltering heat in the best way possible!
One of summer’s many woes is finding the kind of clothing that keeps us from getting overheated. As much as we’d like to, we cannot wear a pair of cut-offs and tanks all season. But don’t you worry; we’ve listed five easy tips that will make you breeze through summer effortlessly — or at least make the weather a lot more tolerable.
1) Choose fabrics with care
If you’re looking for something breathable, lightweight and comfortable, cotton and linen are what you’ll need.
Cotton is one of the most frequently used and long-lasting fabrics. Because of the microscopic hollow holes in the cloth, it is breathable. This makes it easier for it to eliminate perspiration. Cotton materials also allow air to pass through the fibres and wick away sweat, keeping the body cool.
Also made of natural fibres, linen is a slightly more expensive cousin of cotton. It is fantastic at conducting heat and is much stronger than cotton.
Silk is an excellent option if you’re looking at a more dressy occasion. Made of natural protein structures that facilitate breathing, it can regulate temperature and is hence, frequently referred to as a climate fabric. It also absorbs moisture very well.
2) Light coloured clothing all the way
When the Sun’s out there, doing its best to roast you, you want to be wearing something that reflects light rather than absorbs it. That is why we recommend light colours such as whites, sandy hues like khaki and tan, and pastel shades of yellow, pink, blue and green. Even bright shades of cobalt blue, indigo, fuschia pink and lemon yellow work well.
These colours are more suited for summer from an aesthetic point of view as well, whereas black and other dark colours are only going to absorb more heat and contribute to overheating.
3) Avoid pit stains
Pit stains are a major mood kill and are unsightly too. Sweat is, of course, normal, but there are ways to prevent it from leaving stains on your clothes.
Opt for clothes with loose sleeves or go for tops with shorter sleeves. Even sleeveless tops or kurtas are recommended. The idea is to allow as much air to flow through your clothes as possible, so as to keep you cool. You can pair these tops with some denim shorts or cotton skirts for a casual and chic look or a pair of culottes if you want to add a more sophisticated feel to your outfit.
It goes without saying that you must stay away from jackets and shrugs.
4) Say goodbye to form-fitted clothes
There’s no greater enemy in summer than tight clothes. The heat and accompanying sweat make our body-hugging outfits akin to a furnace.
Loose-fitting clothing is your best chance to stay cool during summers. Drop those skinny and heavy denim jeans; instead, choose cropped, wide-leg slacks. Settle for loose shirts, giant blouses, and roomy dresses and skirts.
A comfortable summer dress is a great solution when you don’t know what to wear. Summer is the ideal time to wear minidresses, rompers and miniskirts, but it’s also fine to go a little longer. Choose a sleeveless maxi dress or a long skirt for a boho summer vibe.
Kurtas and sarees can be incorporated into your summer wardrobe too, provided they’re made of some breathable fabric. In fact, a light coloured linen saree or a loose cotton kurta could be great options for a hot day.
5) Prints perfect for summer
One way to amp up your style is by adding prints! Summer is perfect for flaunting all those different prints that you’ve been hiding in your closet.
Of course, there’s the tested and tried florals. Nothing screams summer the way florals do and you can never go wrong with them. However, living in a country like India where so many kinds of fabrics, textures and prints are available, it would be a crime to not experiment with them.
For instance, prints such as ikat, kalamkari, leheriya, dabu, bandhani, batik and ajrak look lovely on cotton. Adding these traditional prints to your wardrobe is a sure fire way to beat those summer blues and liven up your closet.
6) Summer-appropriate footwear and accessories
While flip-flops are perfect for a trip to the beach or even the corner shop, strappy sandals are a more dressy option to allow your toes to breathe. Avoid closed-toed shoes and sneakers.
As far as accessories are concerned, a pair of sunglasses go a long way. Not only do they protect your eyes from the Sun, but a good pair can also make you appear more stylish and put together.
You can steer clear of other accessories such as metal-strap watches, bangles or chains as these tend to stick to the skin, adding to your discomfort.
We hope these tips help you sail through this hot weather deftly. Meanwhile, remember to stay hydrated and wear sunscreen before you step out. Happy summer!
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