How to survive the summer heat and stay fashionable with your Hijab
It’s the time of the year again when the sun is shining, the birds are chirping and everyone is
outside enjoying the gorgeous weather. After many years of wearing the hijab, I think I’ve
finally mastered the art of surviving the summer’s heat while wearing a hijab and dressing
Things are so much easier nowadays, you can choose between material, print, size, style and
accessories. When choosing an outfit on a sweltering day, you need to consider three things: Is
it modest? Is it good for the heat? Is it stylish?
Islam dictates that our clothes should be loose and not form fitting which happens to be perfect
for summer dressing. Loose clothes help air circulate throughout your body and keep you cool.
Tight clothes will trap moisture and body heat causing you to sweat and smell.
Fabrics that are breathable and light weight are ideal for hot temperatures. A fabric’s breatheability is determined by how fine the thread is and how loosely its woven together. Long sleeves
and covering your body not only protect your skin from the suns harmful rays but they actually
act as a barrier against the suns heat as well.
Hat: if you’re going to be out in the sun, you should definitely wear a hat for protection from
the suns’ harsh rays. Opt for a wide brimmed hat for a more feminine look.
Sunglasses: Look for sunglasses with 100% UV rays protection and some HEV (High-energy
visible) ray protection. Eye protection from the sun is very important and squinting causes
Color: Find cotton hijabs in light colors that are not transparent yet breathable.
Hijab styles: Opt for styles that are not tightly wrapped around your head or face. The looser
your hijab, the less suffocated you’ll feel.
Top: If you can find long sleeve shirts made out of linen or cotton, kudos to you. Otherwise
you can improvise and come up with cute heat friendly outfits, long summer dress with
cardigan or long skirt, tank top & cardigan.
One piece sleeve: They are long sleeves attached together from the upper back/shoulder
area. They’re excellent for outfits that have see-through sleeves or no sleeves at all. Instead of
wearing an entire shirt underneath your sleeveless outfit, you can avoid looking bulky and over
heating yourself by wearing extra fabric on your arms!
Bottom: Plazzo pants are perfect, light, airy and not form fitting.
Slip: Wear them under your skirts and dresses to ensure full coverage.
Shilwaar’s: The pant piece of South Asian outfits are called shilwaar’s. They are cut more like
a trouser and you can wear them under skirts and dresses. Hike it up a little higher than normal
and then enjoy the heat without exposing your legs or being uncomfortable.
Skirt: Fully lined skirts in summery prints are perfect for coolness as well as fashion.
Just remember the hijabi code and the fact that you have many options to stay cool and
fashionable during the summer.