Garfene Grandison, Gleaner Writer
Summer has come and gone but we are still engaging in energy conservation methods, albeit regarding fashion. And though the fashion forward often says, "Fashion has no temperature," many mature women going through the change of life may beg to differ.
The menopause period can be a frustrating time for many women, with even the strongest ladies occasionally finding themselves lacking in confidence. What is even more interesting is the fact that it affects women in different ways with some of the symptoms coming and going without any warning. Hot flashes are one of the more common symptoms and can be very frustrating, occasionally interfering with work and social activities.
While many moderate changes in body temperature might not be noticed, these hot flashes or 'personal summer' come on rapidly and can be a hellish experience, especially where the choice of clothing is concerned. The challenge of staying cool while at work or play, therefore, remains a monumental one.
There are suggested basic fashion principles to follow when selecting clothing options for your daily routine.
Select and base your wardrobe around breathable cotton items rather than those constructed from man-made fibres, which can help combat the impact of hot flashes. In the same breath choosing loose layers rather than thicker, figure-hugging tops also helps.
Yet again this year, spring brought with it a trend for bright colours, floral patterns and prints. which is being continued into the autumn season. While these are the trends on the high street, there is no reason why older women should be left in the dark simply because of menopause.
Wear sleeveless. Forget about your arms not being toned or tanned. Have a sweater or jacket on hand that you can easily slip on when needing to appear professional.
Wear open-toe shoes if your company allows it. Sandals are even better if you can get away with it. But beware of the hosiery. It's a no-no in this temperature for menopausal women.
Tip #3Do not wear any piece of clothing that fits tightly or snugly. Look for tops made from moisture wicking fabric. This doesn't mean you have to go all baggy. Loose-fitting clothes just don't stick to your body as easily as the snug or tight pieces.
Invest in a moisture-wicking sleepwear wardrobe. Just imagine how miserable you will be in the morning after waking up several times during the night in a puddle and having to change your pajamas, nightgown, pillowcases or sheets.
Drink iced drinks only. Keep some cool water ready at all times. If you start going into a flash, gently press an ice cube at the back of your neck. We hear this helps!
Following these tips does not necessarily mean that ladies cannot enjoy taking part in the latest fashion trends and getting the confidence boost that comes with a great new look. It cannot go unnoticed that older women have a better sense of individual style, but many, due to menopause, have just lost the confidence needed to embrace it.
Creative Director: Garfene GrandisonPhotographer: Gladstone TaylorModels: Kay Osborne and Jean Anderson-WrightMake-up by Paul March, 840-5420Shot on location at the Devon House heritage site, 26 Hope Road, Kingston 10. Tel: 926-0815. Location Manager: André W. Reid.