The peak Summer heat has the MET department issuing red
color alert in various cities. A temperature as high as 46 degree Celsius, with
heat waves taking a toll, nothing really stops. Working women won’t cease to
stop, even though a new sunscreen will make an entry in their bags, working men
won’t let the sweat come in-between getting the job done, and lastly, a
vacation or two won’t fill in for the two months of hot-hell that we go through
Even though monsoon might be on the way, forecasters have
said that this time mid-June is when it will start to reach North India. While
the sun god is on it, let’s do whatever we can to limit the toll on our skin
and bodies, and prevent us from having a heat stroke. We recently told you how
you can make you Coolers cool you off like an air conditioner (Read here), and
today we will take you through 5 fabrics you can switch to this summer to let
you breathe in peace.
Linen has made quite a comeback and is doing rounds owing to
its sustainable nature. Designers are bringing in day dresses, summer pants,
kurtas, shirts, and what not! The fabric is not only super breathable but looks
fabulous. It lets heat escape your body, and will keep you cool for those squad
lunches, office meetings, a date, and even a vacation. So many options in linen
are making a statement this summer, so don’t shy up on hoarding dresses,
shorts, tops, jumpsuits, shirts, or kurtas. A linen suit is good an option too!
This comeback fabric of the season has been known for its versatility and comfort since time immemorial. Pick out khadi kurtas, pants, or dresses for a tiring day at work, or as a relaxed ensemble for a brunch.
Chiffon has been a staple for several young ladies for
decades. Men can also spot chiffon shirts and make a statement. If you are someone
who hates clingy clothes or clothes that are practically non-breathable, make
chiffon your staple. It looks elegant and flattering at the same time. From
chiffon skirts that flow beautifully, to chiffon sarees that make you look elegant
like a queen, or a romantic dress with a top knot bun can make you look chic,
while making you comfortable and sweat free all day long. Chiffon rompers and
jumpsuits are also quite a rage, make sure you pick something that suits your
style, and step out in the summer heat perfectly comfortable.
Cotton and classic
Nothing beats a breezy cotton dress in Summers. It looks
super smart, and can be elegantly styled too. Cotton shirts for men are an all
time favourite too, and can be worn to office as well. Pick cotton shirts instead
of ones in clingy fabrics or synthetic ones. Coming to Summer dresses, they don’t
have to be short to feel like summer, an elegantly worn midi dress, with three
fourth sleeves, styled up with a belt and sliders can make you look classy.
Cotton dresses, shirts, tops, can be done up for any occasion nowadays. With a
bevy of styling options available, suit your comfort first, and then your
style. A pure cotton tee paired up with a skirt or high waist pants can let you
make quite a statement!
Chambray has been making rounds in the fashion industry for
quite some time now. A popular summer fabric trend in 2019, Chambray is a thin
fabric with a finer weave that’s not as restricting when it comes to shorts,
rompers, and even jumpsuits. It’s breathable, layers well, and doesn’t feel too
harsh on the skin. It resembles denim in aesthetic, but it’s so forgiving under
the hot sun. Style chambray as dresses, jumpsuits, shirts, and crop tops.
It’s time you stock away leather, limit denim pieces, and
keep the polyester in the gym!
That was that for fashion advice, but when it comes to Summer, no amount of right clothing will help you survive the heat unless you cultivate habits that will keep you cool on the inside too. Here are some quick ways.
Hydration is key
If your eyes are feeling droopy, or you are suddenly feeling
out of energy, increase your intake of water. Summers will dehydrate you way
more, so a minimum of 6-8 glasses of water is recommended per day. Do carry a
water bottle along whenever you step out during summer to keep up the hydration
levels. You can also squeeze in some lemon and a pinch of rock salt into a
bottle of chilled water and carry it along to work, or anywhere you go during
Never skip sunscreen
No matter you are a male or female, never ever skip
sunscreen. Skin issues such as tanning, skin burns and rashes are quite common
during summers, and extreme exposure to UV rays can cause ageing and even
cancer in certain cases. The intensity of UVB rays is the highest between 10am
and 2pm, therefore make sure you wear sunblock higher than 50 SPF, and carry
along an umbrella if possible. You can also wear a cotton scarf while you step
out in the sun, make use of caps and hats and protect your hands while
Avoid spicy food
Avoid eating outside in Summers, stay away from “hot” foods
that are too spicy. Hot peppers can be replaced with green chillies, hot
peppers contain a chemical called capsaicin which makes your body sweat more
without raising the body temperature. So the more you eat, the more heat your
body will produce. Switch to smaller portions and more liquids. Dahi-chawal can be a great dish for
Make sure to take care of your body first, and also switch to breathable, non-synthetic fabrics in Summer. Sun the insoles of your shoes and properly air dry them from time to time to sanitize them through any bacterial growth due to sweat in summers.