HOT HIJAB STYLE : TOPPERS
We’ve been getting a lot of emails lately from Muslim women who want to know how to layer comfortably when it’s hot outside. Soon it will be summertime and we’ll all be dealing with those dreaded 90°+ temperatures; and that hot weather can definitely be a problem for sisters who wear hijab.
It’s easy to feel isolated in our layering dilemma, but we’re not the only ones who have this issue. If you think about it, businessmen and women wear at least 3 layers of clothing all year long. They typically have on a blazer, a button-front shirt, and pants or a skirt. Not to mention boxers and undershirts for men; and bras, panties, slips, and stockings for women.
The good thing for us, though, is that we don’t have to wear thick business suits (unless of course your job requires them). Instead we can follow a few simple tips to ensure that our summer hijab style will be more haute than it is hot!
The key to being comfortable in your layered outfits is choosing the right fabric. Instead of layering with a thick cable-knit cardigan, choose a lightweight jersey shrug to top off your maxi dress. Instead of wearing a polyester-lined blazer with your long skirts, opt for a lightweight linen or cotton blazer instead.
When it comes to fabric, the more natural the fabric is, the more comfortable your clothing will be. The reason for this is that natural fibers (think: cotton, linen, silk, and rayon) have an open weave to them which allows air to pass through your clothing and keeps your skin feeling cooler. Artificial fibers like polyester and pleather (please don’t wear pleather this summer!) will prevent summer breezes from reaching your skin and you’ll end up feeling hot and sticky when temperatures rise.
Summer Hijab Style Cheat Sheet
1. Choose natural fibers like cotton, linen, rayon, and silk.
2. Put away your thick knit sweaters and heavy blazers. Replace them with thin (not sheer) shrugs, boleros, and summer-weight jackets.
3. Shop for your layers on the full-price racks if you can. These pieces are meant to be worn when it’s hot outside, so they’ll probably be much more comfortable then the clothes that are on clearance from last winter.
4. Polyester is not your friend!
Hopefully these little tips will be helpful to our inquirers. If you have anymore tips for comfy layered style, please leave them in the comments section!