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Friday, June 10, 2011
I think I'm going to print out this picture and put it on the wall next to my computer. It has been so very hot here in Missouri--and in so many places around the country--these past two weeks. How does one stay cool and still look decent in public?

I could use some input on that. My fallback measure is always jeans or blue-jean cut-offs, but the cut-offs just won't work for a wedding. The medication I'm taking makes me perspire (or as some would say, glow) so heavily I'm always wearing wet clothing.

How do you beat the heat? I love linen, but I don't iron. I love silky shirts over tanks, but I don't have any decent looking shorts, and the jeans are just far too hot right now. Undergarments are also problematic (if you know what I mean, girls) or I'd wear sundresses all summer. Pantyhose do not exist in my house. And they won't.

Who has some great cool-down ideas for summer clothing?

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Hannah Alexander  
posted at 11:49 AM  
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At 1:00 PM, Blogger Tracy Ruckman said...

100% cotton clothing is the only way to keep somewhat cool. You can usually just toss in the dryer to get out wrinkles. (I don't iron at either!)Cotton capris are thin and airy, or cotton skirts work well too.

Adding lemon juice to whatever I'm drinking (works for water, tea, or soft drinks) helps cool me from the inside out - of course with lots of ice. And if it really gets bad, a cool damp washcloth on the back of my neck works wonders, even if it's only sneaking it for a moment in a public restroom!

At 3:04 PM, Blogger Hannah Alexander said...

Yes, Tracy, I need to get some cotton capris. I wore my lightest clothing today, split light cotton skirt with meant-to-be wrinkles. I'm always waiting to lose weight before I go shopping--so I seldom go.

At 4:36 PM, Blogger jel said...

can't help ya with clothing, cause I wear jeans and t-shirts year round!

I see a woman wearing a mesh shirt and not a thing under it,
coming out of the store ,

At 6:23 PM, Blogger Hannah Alexander said...

I'll be running right out behind you, jel. Still, my jeans are just too hot right now.

At 7:11 PM, Blogger jel said...

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At 2:04 AM, Blogger Ruthie said...

The only encouragement I can give you is to remember that everyone else at that wedding will be as hot as you...some will *ahem* "glow" and some will not, but everyone will feel the heat. It may be that you will have to run to the ladies' room once in a while to mop up and cool down a bit, but so what? All eyes will be on the bride anyway (don't you feel for her with all the trappings!!) so they may not even notice your sufferings. Just pretend that you are as normal as everyone else and have a great time!

P.S. A light-colored cotton dress will help. So have some fun and go shopping already! ;-)

At 6:32 AM, Blogger jel said...

Just think of something cool!

like jumping into a
GIANT SNOWCONE!! that would cool ya down! :)

At 12:32 PM, Blogger Hannah Alexander said...

Yes, a light cotton dress sounds wonderful, Ruthie. The only dress I have left is my wedding dress. Probably shouldn't wear it. LOL

Yes, jel, a giant snowcone would be wonderful. It would melt quickly in this heat. Or we could pray for much cooler weather next week.

At 3:00 PM, Blogger jel said...

we have cool down too 77 now! :)

At 4:58 PM, Blogger Sandie said...

Can't help with this one except to wonder if it's medication maybe they have a medication that can take care of the sweats too? I hate the heat so I have taken to wearing sundresses, just bought two today in fact. My faves are cotton or knit with adjustable straps and a smocked top.

At 8:18 PM, Blogger Hannah Alexander said...

JEL, no kidding. I'm loving it! Come to me, north wind!

Sandie, I know, right now's the best time to buy summer clothes, too. I don't know of a non-dangerous med that stops the perspiring. I tried to get off the med that causes it, but my symptoms came back. Trying to do all-natural, but just can't quite get it done. Better living through modern chemistry...

At 2:05 PM, Blogger Crystal Laine said...

You're a sporty-natural girl like me! And Eddie Bauer has a great line of clothing called Travex, which is this wonderful material that wicks moisture, is cool, and also has sunscreen in it. Not super dressy, but nice. Also, Title IX carries a line of cooler, sporty and fun designs. Try Soft Surroundings and also I think there's a clothing company called Travel Smith that carries easy-wear, nice designs that's cooler. My best places to find not only style, but easy-care clothing that wears almost as nicely as your jeans! :)

At 3:09 PM, Blogger Hannah Alexander said...

Thanks, Crystal. I receive the Travel Smith catalog and have ordered from it before--though what I really liked was the travel gear. I think I'll check out Soft Surroundings. I'm really looking for some capris that are loose and baggy, as Tracy suggested. And I'm checking out the Eddie Bauer website now.

At 10:40 AM, Blogger Chris Jager - Baker Book House-fiction buyer said...

I didn't get a chance to read all the comments so if someone else already suggested this sorry.

I am not a big fan of skirts or dresses because I hate when my thighs stick together. LOL. But I discovered running shorts. They are made out of a amterial that "wicks" moisture away from your skin (thinking cool) and it also keeps my thighs from beening to friendly with each other. :-D

I don't have to wear hose, which I really hate, but I can wear a nice dress to a wedding or wearever I want. Works out great. You can get them in different colors so you don't have to worry about them showing through the skirt.

Good luck

At 11:08 AM, Blogger Hannah Alexander said...

Chris, that's exactly what I needed. I've tried those before, but not the wicking kind, and it was too hot. A tight girdle is out of the question, but this is perfect. Thank you!

At 11:50 AM, Blogger Chris Jager - Baker Book House-fiction buyer said...

Your welcome. I don't wear girdles either, those are evil. I believe those were invented by the same person who came up with those horrible heels woman are teetering around on now. :-D

At 1:20 PM, Blogger Hannah Alexander said...

I last wore heels at my wedding to Mel 15 years ago, and that was forced. My back thanks me for my flats.


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