“Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.” – Henry James
Do you like summer? People in India are not much interested or give a favorable answer for this question as they experience this climate for almost majority of the year. If you ask the same question to someone in western or an European country, they will say big ‘Yes’ as summer is the most liked climate in western and European countries.They also celebrate the start of the summer season like a festival by announcing holiday for the schools,colleges,shops etc.
That’s the reason for lot of tourists travelling to India during summer. Especially they love to took sun bath and roam around the country happily.
Generally northern parts of India are more hotter than South India.Summer is peak in India from March to May .The temperature may go up to 40 degree C in south whereas it may shoot up to 45 degree C in north.
Summer in India is different from other countries because the humidity is more in India.So extreme care should be taken by the tourists in choosing and wearing the correct clothing in summer.Otherwise it may be lead to skin rashes,sun burns,sun strokes etc.
1. Light and Loose wear
Only loose and light clothes should be worn because people tend to sweat more during summer.Loose clothes allow the air to circulate freely in the body and the lightness of the clothes helps to dry the sweat soon.
Avoid heavy clothing like overcoats,heavy shirts and jackets.
2. Fabrics to use during summer
Cotton fiber is the most used natural fiber in the world.Cotton Clothing are the best to wear during summer as it is very effective in absorbing the moisture , keeping our body cool and protecting from heat.
Cotton It is also very light in weight.They are less expensive when compared to other materials.They can be washed easily and more durable.
People who are prone to allergies or having sensitive skin should wear only cotton clothing because cotton is hypoallergenic and does not cause any allergies to the skin.
Khadi or Khadar fabric
This fabric is originated in India and is more commonly used by the freedom fighters in India.Nowadays it is popular among the youth also as it is very comfortable to wear during summer. It is a hand made fabric.
Linen fiber is the next preferred fabric in summer.It looks similar like a netted cloth so that air will be circulated freely.It absorbs moisture so that we won’t feel damp.Check out the website http://linenpage.com/ to get an idea of different varieties of linen wear.
Khaki fabric is more popular in the western countries.It is nothing but the material used in cargo pants & shorts.It is one of the best casual wear for summer.It is available in light brown and green color.Wear cargo pants or shorts if you are trekking or climbing a high mountain.
3.Types of clothes to wear
Half sleeve shirts and Tees (T-shirts) are more comfortable to wear during summer for men as well as women. Sleeveless tops are also good.Men can wear shorts or trousers instead of formal pants. You can also wear the Indian style pajamas.
Skirts and tees or tops are the best summer wear for women.You can also wear the typical Indian dress like cotton salwar kameez or kurtas.
Bikinis are best if you wish to take sun bath in beaches.
4.Sun protective clothing
This type of clothing is specifically designed to wear during summer and they are made of a fabric which protects us from Ultra Violet rays.Choose the clothing which have high Ultra Violet Protection Factor(UPF). These clothes usually come in dark colors.
5.Clothes to avoid
– Don’t wear clothes made of synthetic fibers like nylon, polyester etc as they get melted easily with heat and the clothes will get to tied your body damaging your skin badly.
– Wearing silk clothes will increase the sweat in your body and irritates your skin badly.
– Wear open neck shirts instead of closed neck.
– Avoid wearing tight jeans and leggies.
Where to shop summer dresses?
Check out the site http://khadionline.in/ for buying clothes made of Khadi.Some of the popular Indian sites from which summer clothes can be bought are given below:
Beat the summer!
In addition to the above clothes wearing sunglasses, applying sun screen lotions/creams,drinking lot of fresh fruit juices will help a lot to beat the summer and enjoy your stay in India.