Singapore is known as one of the countries that is blessed with sunny weather all year round. However, the hot and humid weather also makes it difficult for us to decide what comfortable clothing to wear. For some, wearing shorter clothes seems like the most obvious way to cope with this tropical climate. However, this outfit choice may bring concerns about dress code during certain occasions such as at the workplace or formal gatherings.
Indeed, dressing for comfort during hot weather is not only about the length of your clothes. In fact, there are many other elements you can experiment with too, such as your choice of fabric and accessories. Wondering where to start? We’ve got you. Let’s take a look at these tips on the best clothes to wear during hot weather!
There is a reason why certain fabrics are popular for the summer season. Light weight and cooling fabrics are usually the first choice that you might want to consider. Heavy fabrics will make you sweat because it tends to cling to your skin and trap heat, which may restrict your movement too. Some common fabrics that is ideal for hot weather including the following:
Cotton is one of the most popular fabrics in the world. Usually made from natural sources, it allows air to circulate and helps to absorb moisture. A good, lightweight piece of cotton fabric can help you to cool down quickly.
Linen is always seen during the summer season. Due to its nature of breathable and cooling properties, linen can help keep you dry and stop you from overheating. But linen can also be a double-edged sword. When you enter an air-conditioned place, you might be shivering because linen does not insulate at all. Bring a light jacket with you if you will be traveling in and out of air-conditioned places.
The hot and highly humid weather in Singapore can make it uncomfortable when we need to stay outdoors for a long period of time. Therefore, the fabrics of our clothing must be breathable. We perspire to release heat. When choosing clothing, it is important to choose the fabrics that allow air to circulate easily, which helps our body to cool down the temperature.
However, you should be aware that light weight fabrics do not guarantee breathability. There are light weight fabrics like nylon that can trap heat, causing discomfort and irritation. These synthetic fabrics are usually water resistant and tend to create unpleasant odors too!
Protective Clothing & Accessories
Singapore’s weather is sometimes even more scorching hot during certain months. We bet you have experienced this before—wearing less and exposing your skin under hot sun. As a result, your skin turns red and even becomes painful to touch. Sound familiar? We have all experienced sunburn before. While staying stylish and comfortable under the sun, you need to make sure you are protected from the UV rays too.
Some people may choose long sleeved shirts or long pants in lightweight and breathable fabric. Meanwhile, you can also wear a hat for sun protection, which adds a fashionable piece to your outfits as well. Imagine walking under the sun while exposing your head, shoulders and neck. A hat can save you from sunburn and further damage from UV rays. Meanwhile, we would suggest you to minimise your accessories. Too much dangling necklaces can be quite irritating during hot weather because they tend to stick to your skin.
Light Color Fabrics
Summer clothes are usually designed with bright and light colours. As we all know, dark color absorbs more heat which can make the wearer feel hotter. On the hand, light color clothing helps release heat to make you feel cooler.
We always associate summer with bright colours which enhances our mood, and we can apply these colours on our clothing as well! Some great ideas for bright colours to wear include white, beige, yellow and pink. These colours can help us feel more cheerful as well. Speaking of colours, you should avoid certain colors like grey which tend to show sweat stains easily.
Natural VS Synthetic Fabrics
The composition of the fabric matters when it comes to comfortability and breathability. Usually, natural fabrics are more suitable for hot weather due to its nature of being absorbent and also its air circulation properties.
On the other hand, most synthetic fabrics are constructed to trap heat and are non-breathable. It keeps our body warm which means these fabrics are more suitable for the cold or windy season.
However, we have to consider how the fabric is constructed and our purpose of wearing it. For example, certain synthetic fabrics such as microfiber are often used in sportswear. At Custom Prints & Apparels, you can have t shirt customise service that best suits your needs and purpose.
Pairing your outfits with nice footwear is crucial. Sometimes, you might still feel hot even though you are wearing lightweight clothing. This may be due to your footwear! Flip-flops are great for the beach but not for a great choice for work. Based on the suitability of your outfit, you can choose neat and stylish sandals. Sandals are generally breathable and comfortable to wear. For a smarter look, you can consider wearing ankle boots or a sneaker made of breathable materials.
Living in an all “summer” season country can be just as comfortable if you know how to dress accordingly. Next time when you are buying clothes, you can choose clothing based on these tips to fight against the hot weather in Singapore.