Yesterday, we decided to go on a hike near a local lake after working in the garden. The air was hot and humid, but besides the heat coming from the babe strapped to my back, I was quite comfortable.
And yes, I was wearing a dress. At this point in my life, I am known for wearing dresses and skirts. I am quite old-fashioned, and I long for a simpler time where gender roles were distinct across the culture. I also believe that dressing modestly in a feminine way is glorifying to God.
Over the years I’ve learned that wearing a skirt or dress doesn’t have to be uncomfortable. In fact, it is quite comfortable, even in the heat of summer or dead of winter.
My top tips for staying cool during the summer are simple, and are as follows:
1. Wear lightweight, loose skirts and dresses. Over the course of history, we can see that many cultures have dressed modestly during the heat of summer by wearing lightweight and loose clothing. I would contend that this type of clothing is more comfortable than tight, immodest apparel when warm. Loose, lightweight clothing helps keep material from sticking to your skin, and your skin from sticking to itself. Also, the skin which is underneath my clothing does not heat up like the skin exposed to the sun does.
2. Wear light-colored clothing. Light colored clothing does not attract the sun like dark colored clothing does. I feel much cooler when wearing light-colored clothing, usually.
3. Wear short leggings underneath skirts and dresses to prevent chaffing. During the summer, I wear short leggings underneath my skirts and dresses, and they are a must in order to stay comfortable.
4. Wear a hat to keep the sun off of your face. The least amount of skin exposed to the sun, the better. Hats help to shade your skin from the sun’s harsh rays.
Over time I’ve determined that I am much more comfortable wearing a loose, lightweight, long-sleeved dress during the summer than a tank top which exposes so much of my skin to the sun. If I know I will be in the sun for awhile, I do sometimes wear long sleeves simply to protect my skin from damage. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve realized more and more how important it is to take care of my body. It is a gift from God, and I should try my best to keep it safe.
I know my tips are simple, but I hope they might have helped you. Here’s to a nice, modest, cool summer!
Don’t let your beauty be external—braiding the hair and wearing gold jewelry or fine clothes. Instead let it be in the hidden person of the heart, with the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious.
1 Peter 3:3-4 TLV