Wearing the right clothes can help you cope with menopause symptoms like hot flushes - and still be comfortable and stylish. Here are some tips for stocking your wardrobe...
It's not easy to dress for going out if you can be suddenly hit by a hot flush - or even to know what to wear in bed if you can be drenched with a night sweat.
Fortunately, brands like Become and Jilla are developing clothing ranges using fabrics specifically designed for women in menopause. And if you follow these tips you can dress with confidence - for comfort and for style too.
Dressing for hot flushes
Hot flushes - also known as hot flashes - are often described as a sudden, intense feeling of heat, which rushes across the body and can last for several minutes. This flash of heat is often followed by a sudden chill, caused by excessive sweating.
Hot flushes happen when hormone levels in the body begin to fluctuate. Falling levels of the hormone oestrogen can affect the part of the brain that controls body temperature (the hypothalamus). This creates a heat response, causing the skin to redden and flush and triggering sweating, and sometimes palpitations.
The good news is, dressing for menopause can help you to deal with hot flushes and manage your body temperature more effectively.
Dressing in layers can help you respond quickly and with a minimum of fuss when your internal thermostat goes awry. If you feel a hot flush coming on, you can simply peel off a layer, one at a time! Try starting with a moisture-wicking cami top, followed by a light top or blouse. For colder weather, or if you’re in the office, a light jacket or cardigan will look smart and can easily be taken off when the heat strikes.
A scarf is another great accessory, which can help to add a splash of colour to an outfit while also providing another useful layer which can be removed as needed. For an extra cool boost, the Live Better With community recommend the Brobe cooling gel neck wrap, a stylish neck tie which contains tiny cooling beads and can help to keep you feeling cool for up to five hours!
Choose natural fabrics like bamboo
During menopause, many women find that it’s more comfortable to wear light, stretchy and breezy clothes, such as elasticated or drawstring trousers, tunic tops, buttoned shirts and loose, floaty skirts or dresses.
When it comes to tackling hot flushes and night sweats, it’s also important to choose the right fabric. It’s best to opt for a natural, breathable material, such as cotton, linen or bamboo, and avoid wearing synthetic fabrics which can trap heat and odours.
Bamboo is naturally hypoallergenic, antibacterial and moisture-wicking, drawing water away from the skin and allowing it to evaporate effectively, helping you to keep cool. We have a range of recommended bamboo products to help you handle the heat, from bamboo socks and Jilla comfort bras to soft and comfy bamboo tops and an exclusive range of bamboo pyjamas.
Try anti-flush clothing
Anti-flush clothing is another great option, which is specifically designed to help combat hot flushes and night sweats.
The Live Better With community recommend the Become range of anti-flush clothing, which channel heats and moisture away from the body, while feeling light and cool against the skin.
The smart anti-flush technology is proven to reduce the impact of hot flushes and night sweats in over 95% of women, and also includes an odour-preventing finish to help you stay feeling fresh.
Keep your cool at night
Night sweats are the nocturnal version of hot flushes, causing you to sweat excessively at night time. Night sweats can be extremely uncomfortable and women often complain of waking up with their nightclothes and bedlinen soaked through.
Not surprisingly, it’s common for night sweats to impact on your ability to get a proper night’s sleep, which can in turn make you (and your partner) feel fatigued and irritable.
If you’re suffering from the effects of night sweats, the Live Better With community recommend wearing an anti-flush nightdress. The Become anti-flush nightdress can help to deal with sudden changes in temperature, helping you to stay cleaner and drier - and reducing the need for those disruptive midnight changes.
The Live Better With community also recommend using bamboo bedding, which can help to regulate your temperature through night sweats and chills, and feels super soft and luxurious to the touch.
Bladder weakness and stress incontinence can affect menopausal women, but you can restore confidence with special underwear. The Confitex Women's Washable Incontinence Underwear Basic Full Brief is made from stretchable, comfortable bamboo fibre that helps to regulate skin temperature and last three times longer than cotton.
For more tips on dressing for the menopause, you can read a range of Live Better With articles on hot flushes, including 9 simple ways to manage your hot flushes at work and Managing your temperature during menopause.
You can view the full range of Live Better With recommended products to help deal with hot flushes and night sweats here.
Do you have any tips on dressing for menopause? Or are you looking for advice? Why not join the Live Better With Menopause community forum.