For most, June 21st marks the first day of the summer season.
For women who dress modestly, we have also entered the season of “aren’t you hot in that?!”
It goes without saying that rising temperatures and humidity require weather-specific clothing. However, summer friendly clothing doesn’t necessarily mean shorter hemlines and sleeveless tops. It’s possible to beat the heat while still being fully covered– you just have to get creative.
Although summer can be a challenging time for Muslim women, it’s not only difficult because of the weather. Dressing modestly often brings unwanted questions and curiosity, especially in the workplace. Sometimes, it seems impossible to get around the dreaded “aren’t you hot in that?” comments from coworkers.
Our tip: asking “Aren’t you hot in that?” simply prompts a “Yes, aren’t you too?”
Summers are hot. There comes a point when no amount of clothing (or lack thereof) is going to help keep you cool. Regardless of how you choose to dress, a scorching summer day is going to make anyone uncomfortable.
Furthermore, sun protection is crucial. Although a tank top may seem like the best option in the heat, it doesn’t provide much protection from harmful UV rays. Dressing modestly in the summer may seem counterintuitive, but it can actually help to keep your skin away from direct sun exposure, potentially cooling you down in the process.
For those of you who are feeling the heat– both literally and figuratively– breezy fabrics such as linens or cottons provide the best air circulation without losing their opacity. Even silk can work as an elegant, yet cool option thanks to its natural fiber construction. Additionally, looser, single-layer outfits are a more fitting alternative to layering cardigans or blazers.
Bottom line: How you choose to dress, no matter the season, isn’t anyone’s business but yours. How are you navigating the weather changes? What do you do when confronted with questions about your clothing or modesty?
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