|From long sleeves to short in a jiffy.|
|In the heat, this cotton top (design by BN) is brilliant and beautiful.|
- Eschew close-fitting garments.
- Avoid knit fabrics, which are designed to cling. Go for cotton weaves.
- Look for clothing design that lends itself to modesty in a single garment.
|The under-bust blouse seam allows for the addition of an inset panel. From inside, the piece looks like the front half of a singlet crop-top.|
|Interfaced patch pockets provide the modesty,|
100% cotton weave provides the comfort.
|This BN shirt was designed to look good with its cuffs folded up.|
If you're thinking, "But I don't want to iron in the heat!" my reply is, I don't iron any of the garments you see in this post. They're washed with a slow or medium spin, then hung on an indoor rack or hanger (no peg marks!), with a judicious tug here and there to prevent creasing as they dry. These cottons are fairly crease-resistant and I don't mind starting the day with a slightly crumpled look -- after all, as soon as the fabric gets between me and a seat it'll crease anyway.
|Does this outfit look warm to you? It's not. The only concession I need to make for extreme heat is to roll the cuffs up. See below for why it's so comfortable.|
|This patch pocket is ornamental. Modesty is obtained from two layers of fabric used at the front, forming a lining for the transparent broderie anglaise.|
|The back is one layer of fabric.|
|I've pulled the shirt against my body so you can see the join where two-layered front meets one-layered back.|
|It's not normally as noticable as in that photo, and probably you wouldn't have noticed it if I hadn't pointed it out, but next time I do this pattern I'll make sure I have enough fabric to double the back as well as the front.|
- Nobody else needs to know you're not wearing underlayers today. Be modest in manners as well as appearance.
- Loose doesn't have to mean shapeless. My tops are loosely tailored using darts or ties so they look attractive but maintain wearability.
- If you don't live in a perpetual heat zone, you may need to adjust to the concept of trickling perspiration. It's not a bad thing if you're appropriately attired. Get into the mindset (as you did to dressing modestly) and you can be comfortable!
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