At 110 degrees, the weather is as hot as can be. It is essential to stay cool and safe in such hot temperatures. What you wear is crucial to help you survive these high-temperature days.
Being outside in such hot temperatures can put you at higher risk for things like sunburn and heat stroke. It is important to limit your exposure to your heat as much as possible. Measures like going outside in the early morning or evening only help in addition to wearing clothes that won’t make you overheat.
Here are our top options for what to wear to help keep you cool and comfortable.
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It is important to choose loose, breathable clothing that will help regulate your body temperature. Fabric like cotton, linen, and mesh material will help keep air flow and prevent you from overheating.
Cotton is another fabric choice that absorbs moisture. This material dries slowly, meaning any moisture that it holds will evaporate slowly, helping to keep you cold and feeling good. Wetter fabric can also help prevent chaffing and rubbing skin that may lead to a rash.
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Lighter colors such as white, tan, and pastels reflect the sun's rays rather than absorbing them as darker colors will. By wearing lighter colors, you can stay cooler and help prevent sunburn.
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If you choose to try to stay cool in the water, a bathing suit is a viable option. It is important to wear sunscreen of at least SPF 30 to prevent sunburn, especially if you have a lot of bare skin exposed. Reapply every two hours or after swimming or sweating.
Also help further protect yourself by wearing a cover-up, a large hat, and sunglasses.
Check out these bikinis.
Shorts are great, comfortable options for women and men. Opt for a loose, breathable pair that will keep you cool and not restrict you.
Shorts with an inseam of 5 inches (13cm) or longer can help avoid leg rub and irritation to the skin.
Try out these affordable shorts.
Crop tops are breathable, and have less fabric to catch sweat and leave you feeling wet and tacky.
Try out a crop top with eyelet embroidery or crochet. Not only are they stylish, but they have natural ventilation to keep you at a comfortable temperature.
Discover these crop tops.
Whether it's a maxi dress or a mini dress, a dress is a breathable, versatile choice to help keep you cool in the high heat.
A maxi dress will protect more of your skin from the sun without overheating you while a mini dress will let more of you breathe.
Both can be paired with a cute pair of shades and a hat for added protection.
Check out these summer dresses.
It might seem counterintuitive to wear more clothes in such hot weather. However, clothes can block sun rays and UPF clothing is guaranteed to protect you from UV rays coming in UPF 15, 30, and 50+ protection levels.
UPF clothes come in lightweight, long sleeve shirts, sun sleeves, and neck gaiters to help prevent sunburn and sun rashes especially for those with sensitive skin.
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Dunking a bandana, neck gaiter, or lightweight scarf and wrapping it around your head or neck can help keep you cool in such hot temperatures.
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A hat will help protect your face and neck from the sun. A baseball cap helps protect your face, but a brimmed hat protects your face and neck as it spans all around your head.
For men, why not try a fedora? For women, how about a floppy beach straw hat?
Check out these hats.
Sunglasses will help protect your eyes from the sun's rays and help with eye strain. With so many different styles out there, you are sure to find one that matches your outfit.
Make sure your sunglasses have at least UV 30 protection.
Try out a pair of sustainable sunglasses.
Comfortable shoes are a must. In the heat, your feet are more prone to swelling and swelling, making them at higher risk of blisters from rubbing against your shoes.
Comfortable, breathable shoes like sandals and mesh sneakers will offer the support you need while still letting your feet breathe.
Avoid shoes made from rubber as rubber is not breathable and will overheat your feet very quickly.
Discover these vegan sandals.
Like shoes, if your socks don’t fit right, they can cause blisters. Choose socks that aren’t too loose or too tight and opt for cotton that is breathable while also absorbing any extra moisture.
Why not try out a pair of organic socks?
Workout clothes or athletics wear are a great choice in hot temperatures. It may seem like a poor choice as many are tight against you, but their breathable, moisture-wicking fabric is comfortable, will help prevent chaffing, and will keep you cool and dry.
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If you still have to follow your dress code for work even in the heat, you can still stay comfortable in the right fits.
If allowed, slip dresses are a cool, breathable option for women and can easily be layered under a cardigan or blazer.
If allowed, men can leave the suit at home and go for khakis and a polo shirt that will keep them cool while still looking professional.
Check out these slip dresses.
Check out these khakis.
Even in the heat, layers can be a helpful tool. Undershirts can help absorb access moisture and keep your top shirt clean and dry.
Light layers like short sleeve cardigans and kimonos can help cover your skin from the sun and keep you warm on the inside while not overheating you when you step outside.
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Hair and Makeup
Makeup will melt off your face easier between the heat and sweating more. In these temperatures less is more.
For your hair, putting it up in a messy bun, ponytail, or braid can help your neck to breathe and keep you cool. Try a lightweight scarf or headband to keep your hair away from your face and help slick sweat back.
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