We have officially hit the Dog Days of Summer. Here in the coastal Southeast where I live, the daily heat index averages around 100 degrees. That is HOT y’all. After just 1 minute of being outdoors in the sun you can start to feel the effects of the heat as you break out in a sweat and feel your skin beginning to burn. A few weeks ago during my morning commute to work my attention was caught by an NPR news story discussing how to dress during the hottest part of summer. I cranked up the radio volume as the reporter gave tips to ensure you keep your body temperature at a safe level so as not to fall out from heat exhaustion. It gave basic do’s and don’ts…
- Black or dark clothing
- Fabric that doesn’t “breathe” such as polyester or rayon
- Tight clothing
- Light colored clothing
- Fabric such as cotton or linen
- Lightweight, loose fitting clothes
- A hat to shield the sun
This is all pretty much common sense, right? Still, according to the National Weather Service, “Heat is the number one weather-related killer in the United States, resulting in hundreds of fatalities each year. In fact, on average, excessive heat claims more lives each year than floods, lightning, tornadoes and hurricanes combined.” Crazy! So, to ensure that none of my readers fall victim to the summer heat, I encourage you to dress appropriately. And I’ve even provided you with some great examples below of clothes that are sure to keep you cool (and fashionable) during the sweltering summer.
Of course, there are other tips to avoid overheating in the summertime besides just what you wear. The other obvious choices are stay hydrated, avoid alcohol and caffeine, and find a shady spot if you do have to be outdoors for an extended period of time. Oh and don’t forget the sunscreen!