Dressing appropriately has its advantages at every time. If it’s a big meeting, a wedding, a band, or just a summer, the right outfit is essential. With the mercury rising, you ‘re going to want to take careful precautions to ensure you don’t overheat, something we ‘re going to have to think about progressively. What’s more, it’s usually an outside temperature of 30 degrees out here in Singapore. Here are the best style dressing practices for the humid, hot heat.
- Stick to Light Colors
The darker the clothes are, the lighter they absorb and convert to heat. In comparison, lighter tones reflect the energy away. Short long tale, wear white clothes to keep yourself calm.
But scientists have found it in matters of thickness, too. Bedouins wear thick , black robes for getting them through the desert’s scorching sun. This sounds counterintuitive but is known to be beneficial. It works because the fabric is sufficiently dense enough to absorb the rays of the sun on the fabric ‘s surface, while the interior part remains cooler, transmitting less heat to the body. But if you’re not a Bedouin, keeping the colors bright probably is easier.
2. Wear Lightweight, Breathable Fabrics
Heavier fabrics tend to be more heavily woven, trapping heat and restricting air flow, and that’s a issue, as airflow is what carries our bodies’ heat energy. When you sweat, and the sweat evaporates, your body takes heat and releases it to the air. But for sweat to do its job there must be airflow so evaporation can occur.
Madras fabric appears to be made from a light and open weave of cotton, making it ideal for the summer. Seersucker is also a good choice because its rippling feature ensures that the fabric does not adhere to the skin , allowing air to escape. Linen and hemp fabrics often tend to be more loosely woven, and thus breathable. They also dry quickly, which helps to continuously evaporate sweat.
Conversely, synthetic materials such as polyester and nylon appear to trap heat and humidity, rendering them inefficient in the summer. But, there are many synthetic fabrics specifically designed to control temperature in hot weather.
Although wool is usually considered as a winter fiber, it can actually be used well in the summer as well. Lightweight wool fabrics, while wicking away moisture, have open weaves and greater breathability than synthetic fabrics.
3. Loosen Up the Silhouette
Your look might be clothes that match close to the body but it’s not the best choice to stay cool in the sun. Slim-fitting clothes do not allow loose clothing to flow as much as air. They will absorb the sweat, too, and make you walk around with damp clothing. Wider silhouettes don’t stick as well to the skin , allowing air to flow over the skin and evaporate more of your sweat, dissipating more heat from your body.
You may of course opt for clothes made with more drape. But if a brand you like isn’t making looser-silhouettes, you might try to scale it up. You may also have a tailor let out the style for some garments. However, that’s mostly limited to dress pants and suit jackets, which have seam allowances built into them to allow for tailoring.
Tucking in your shirt is like keeping the windows closed in a hot house. When your shirt is tucked in, it seals off air from entering through the hem opening of the shirt. It’s not exactly giving you a looser silhouette, but it does allow more air to flow.
4. Wear a Hat
The hotter you’ll get the more heat your body absorbs. While you might take that to mean you should take a paraglider with you, carrying a hat is a more practical, hands-free option. Some claim that hats are capable of trapping heat which is valid to some degree. But the sun’s radiant heat will contribute to the ambient heat (the average air temperature we feel in the shade). That depends, then. If the sun is blazing, then wearing a hat is fine. A hat may not do you much good on a sunny, but overcast day.
When it’s warm, try to get one made in a lightweight, open-weave fabric in a light colour, considering the other tips on this page. If you want the hat to remain on your head, then you’ll have to skip the loose-fit part.
5. Shorter Clothes Are More Breathable, But More Exposing
Long sleeved shirts and pants simply add more of a barrier to allow your skin to breathe. While light-colored clothes with an open weave are better for breathability than heavier, darker clothing, in the end they are not as breathable as a pair of shorts or a shirt with a short sleeve.
However, with this, there is a kind of caveat. Short and short-sleeved (or sleeveless) shirts allow better airflow and more internal body heat to be released. Your body can still absorb heat, however, from being more exposed to the light. Not only that, it can also make you more vulnerable to harmful UV radiation. Sunburn aren’t a nice way to stay healthy.
Though you could avert sunburns by applying sunscreen to your exposed skin, many sun screens might actually make you feel hotter. That’s because they cover the skin in a smooth layer which allows sweat to form larger into larger droplets which are harder to evaporate than smaller droplets. This explains why many people report feeling as though sunscreen makes them sweat more because they experience larger beads of sweat.
6. Be Light on Your Feet
Shoes made from tougher fabrics or less breathable fabrics such as leather are less breathable than a sneaker on canvas. Lightweight canvas sneakers provide decent breathability, but you still need to make sure that you have the right socks. Stop heavy camp socks, or heavy knit socks. If you can help, find socks that have less synthetic fibers that appear to absorb sweat instead of wick it away. Some brands are also making socks with summer-friendly linen fabrics, which is a smart idea.
Open-toed shoes such as sandals and flip-flops also offer a perfect choice to prevent your feat from overheating. Again, the greater amount of room allows for more air circulation. We’re not saying that we don’t like socks with sandals, but you save a pair of socks from your next load of laundry, and that’s something.
Stay cool, folks.
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