1. Wear Cotton
Even though it seems like something lighter weight might give you more breathing room, say satin or silk, it's actually cotton that will do you a solid in the dog days of summer. The reason is that it's much more breathable than polyester or other synthetic fabrics, and won't trap your sweat and prevent your body's natural cooling system. Other fabrics that are also more breathable, but not as cooling as cotton, include linen, rayon, and chambray.
2. Soak an item of clothing in ice water
This is one of my favorite things to do, because it seriously feels all kinds of refreshing. It's best if you can get it on a clothing item near the skin of your face/neck, like a baseball cap or a headband/headscarf. I don't tend to use it on larger articles of clothing that I consider dear to me and don't want to damage (water can deform the bill of baseball cap). But if you're indecisive about it consider the fact that it's cleaner than soaking your clothing in sweat!
|Also, try not to jump too much when the sun is literally hovering over you. It gets hot.|
I consider this more of a safety measure than anything else, because it's very easy to become dehydrated when you're sweating outdoors for a long period of time. The general guidelines of how much water you should drink per day fall around 12 cups, I believe. But if you're outside in the hot sun for long periods of time, apparently it's closer to 20 cups of water. What I've heard is that you're supposed to drink enough water so that when you pee, it comes out clear and colorless. That's hard to titrate, so for those in doubt, follow the guidelines depending on your level of activity! I always try to keep a 24 oz. reusable water bottle with me, but even that only translates to 3 cups per bottle, meaning that I would have to refill it 7 times in a day to keep up with the guidelines (or if I'm inside, 4). This is definitely something I need to work on as well!
4. Avoid Tight Clothing and Dark Clothing
I think this lovely Zara outfit was actually a Rayon/Polyester blend, so often times I don't even follow my own advice. But despite the lack of fabric breathability, the fact that it was lightweight, loose, didn't cling to me and was able to flow with movement meant that I was still better off than I would have been if I had chosen some other options, like a movement restricting dress or tight jeans. It's obviously intuitive to avoid tight clothing because of the obvious discomfort, but did you know that black/dark colors tend to absorb more light and convert it into heat? If you've completed a basic science class, then probably yes, but it makes a real difference whether you choose that white T shirt or black T shirt. Especially because I know many fashion bloggers love their all-black outfits--sometimes it's actually healthier to choose a little color!
5. If all else fails... Go inside
If you're feeling weak, lightheaded, overwhelmed and maybe overly red-in-the-face... avoid the sun and get inside. Heat stroke is an emergency and can affect you even if you don't show the "telltale signs" that lead up to it, like heat cramps or fainting. If you do have heat stroke (your body temp is higher than 104), you should call 911.
Two-Piece Set: Zara