Most of us naturally assume it’s time to pull out our old denim shorts and carefree gunjees to wholeheartedly embrace the summer appeal. Well, while you may be almost right, summer styles are more than just that! It’s not just about what to wear but how to wear it. Quirky, happy prints aside, we’re here you to teach you the science of staying cool in the scorching summer sun and look stylish none the less.
QUALITY OVER QUANTITY
It’s not about wearing fewer clothes. That’s a myth! It’s about wearing it right. It’s about choosing between your cotton full sleeves vs your polyester gunjee. Fabrics like linen and cotton are great for the summer, while wool and cashmere not so much!
SAY YES TO SUNSCREEN
Direct contact with the sun can damage your skin, expose them to the harmful rays of the sun, and leave you feeling even hot and sticky.
WOOL IN SUMMERS
Another common myth is that related to wools- We usually assume wool is reserved for the cold winters but that is not necessarily true. Very fine Merino wool can work wonders to keep you cool in the heat and also work as natural UV blockers.
Wicking is the property of fabric that allows them to draw off moisture and sweat. As your body precipitates to keep you cool, your linen and cotton fabrics wick off the excess moisture produced by your body and keep your fresh. Surprisingly, wool also does a pretty good job at this. (But remember- Only very fine Merino wool)
HOW OPEN IS YOUR WEAVE?
“It’s not about how light your clothes are, it’s about how open they are. The more airflow the better.” Linen and its Asian cousin ramie are great for this because they are quite stiff, allowing for really open fabric structures.
The tighter your clothes are, the hotter you’re going to get and feel. This goes back to airflow. Summer is one of the few times where it’s ok to loosen up a bit and relax about getting the “perfect” fit. Go for roomier cuts, or even size up. Give your skin some room to breathe – get a looser t-shirt, dress shirt, pants, and shorts.