The Don’ts of Heatwave Style

This past week has been what feels like the first true week of summer in the UK. This heat wave has been prevailing over all of us, and so naturally we must find ways to stay cool and unflustered at the same time.

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So here are some things that you should avoid wearing at the height of August, because you might start struggling to make it to September.

Polyester Pains

So I absolutely try my best to avoid polyester clothes in the summer, but especially when the weather is unbearably hot.

Firstly, polyester clothes are not breathable. You will have a lot of trouble staying cool in clothing that do not have the ability to give your skin some fresh air from the heat. Its hydrophobic properties (meaning it repels water) means that not only will the cool breeze stay outside of your clothing, but any moisture under your clothes stays there.

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This usually leaves me feeling very sticky and uncomfortable, because my plastic based clothes won’t let go of the perspiration. As a result, you will feel that you’ll start to smell more unpleasant more quickly, and of course you must keep changing your clothes often.

Not fun, especially if the heat is already making you feel so exhausted.

Tight Full-Sleeved Cotton Pieces

Okay now I know cotton is normally the go to, perfect kind of fabric for summer, and it is. I can be so lightweight, so freeing and so sensational on your skin on a very discomforting day.

And its absorption properties are not only its strength, but it’s weakness too, especially during summer time.

If you opt for, say, a long sleeved light-colored top. It’s a beautiful basic, and its so form fitting from your arms to you body. It doesn’t give you any room, particularly under the arms.

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Now this can be a real problem, because if you’re anything like me, and you happen to be trying to survive this weather, then you will find that you’ll sweat.

It’s a normal part of being a human being, but if you’re wearing a form-fitting cotton top, then it will soak through.

Now this is normal and nothing to turn your nose up about, but the problem is that some people will. It will look as if your ability to keep yourself under calm and control has gone out the window. And unfortunately its just so badly obvious.

It can even be a little embarrassing, and a little hard to pass off as something not to worry too much about.


Sometimes its easy to forget that even your feet can create an uncomfortable amount og moisture.

Your feet are the basis of which you stand yourself up with, your building block foundation, and without comfortable feet how can you conquer the world in the heat?

Because when your feet are all pent up in those little foot ovens, well you are cooking up some trouble there.

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Now I get that you can’t help it if your working and have a dress code. I must work for 10 hours daily in my thick safety shoes, and its not very homely.

But if you can help it, free your feet! Because giving you feet these conditions can be a starting point for some little foot infections, which are usually caused by bacteria thriving.

And with that, you should also avoid socks with that. Don’t double the risk on your feet, and let it feels the breeze this summer.

Darker Clothing

If you are avoiding the sun’s rays during the peak of daylight, then steer clear of darker shades of clotthing. From blacks, navys, dark reds or browns. Though these can be classed as fall/autumn colors, these tones do not do many favors in the heat.

Naturally darker colors attract more of the sun’s rays. If you dress yourself head to toe in a navy blue outfit, you’ll find that the color is more likely to absorb the heat from the sun.

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Doing this results in your clothes becoming warm to the touch, and it also makes you feel incredibly warm too.

This is not what you want at all, and unless you can get constant air con all the time, then I suggest that light clothing will keep the hot temperatures a little off you.

Metal Jewelry

Now if you’re into your jewelry 24/7, no matter what the weather, then fee free to ignore me on this. I would never want to encourage anyone to restrict their self expression of themselves. But jewelry can be quite hard to wear in the hot weather under the sun.

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Metal jewelry, like any other metal, makes a good conductor of heat. Therefore, when placed under direct sunlight for long periods of time, its ability to conduct will make it harder to wear.

You might that small pendant necklace hard to wear around your neck because the necklace moved slightly and you felt that heat, almost as if it burned you.

This is not fun to go through with, and I would consider going as jewelry free as possible.


So even through lockdown recently, I had stopped wearing foundation altogether. Everyday when I was at work, I would get warm and the foundation would not always stay.

Combined that with coming hoe after a long day at work, the last thing I wanted to do was to add to a routine by doing more skincare. It became so tedious on my long work days.

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But in the summer, foundation is even harder to keep on. I usually wear a liquid foundation, because of the way it sits perfectly on my combination-skin type. And when it gets wet, it will start to transfer off you skin.

It doesn’t matter if its liquid, matte, powder foundation, it will just fall off, and if I’m wearing my sunglasses to protect my eyes my foundation will transfer to my sunglasses too. And I don’t want those ring shapes under my eye where the foundation rubbed off (because it will be there).

Wear Too Little

Yes I know that summer time is all about getting your skin out there in contact with the world. To breathe, to cool off, to not be covered by some oven inducing conditions in those clothes.

But maybe wearing too little won’t always save you from the heat. The more skin you have exposed to the sun, the more at risk you are to burning yourself.

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This can be avoided by adding some sun cream to your morning and daily routine. Apply it liberally so you reduce the risk of serious harm from sun burn.

Actually, for examples like when you’re swimming in a pool, wearing more is more beneficial.

If you wear a tee shirt while you’re swimming, you’ll actually be a less risk of seriously damaging your skin compared to if you swim in your normal swimwear without your tee shirt.

You clothes can serve as a vital part in protecting you from the sun’s harmful UV rays, the type you cannot see with you bare eyes.

This is a problem, precisely because you can’t see it until after its effects have happened.

So these are the things that I generally avoid when choosing pieces for the summer. At the end of the day, if you know what you like wearing during the summer time, just wear it. But also remember to carry and portable fan and plenty of water to survive it.

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