image

Dressing for menopause: top tips

Hot flushes are one of the most common symptoms of menopause, affecting around 75% of women.

They’re sudden, spontaneous, and can be pretty uncomfortable. Yet, with the right preparation, there’s no need to let hot flushes get in the way of living your life. Key to combating these irritating hot spells is dressing in menopause-friendly clothing.

Layer up 

Dressing in layers makes it easy to adapt to those quick, unexpected heat waves. Instead of pullovers, opt for easy-to-remove cardigans with thin camisoles for underneath. As an alternative to heavy winter jackets, choose a quilted gilet that’s easily to layer over jumpers and t-shirts.

Accessories like scarves, gloves and knit hats will also keep you warm in chilly weather, whilst remaining easy to remove should a hot flush creep up out of nowhere. The more you can rely on layers to keep you warm, rather than thick jumpers and overcoats, the more adaptable you can be.

Choose your fabrics wisely 

Attention! Put down the waterproof, nylon jacket and step away from that polyester trouser suit. Synthetic fabrics aren’t ideal for anyone, let alone women subject to menopausal hot flushes. Textiles like polyester, nylon, rayon, spandex and acrylic are comprised of man-made fibres that don’t breathe as well as those made of natural fibres. Instead, choose clothing made of breathable fabrics like linen, cotton and denim.

For the summertime, seersucker—a thin, puckered style of cotton—is a particularly menopause-friendly fabric that’s both fashionable and breathable. In the winter, choose loose-knit cardigans made from Merino wool, which is unique it its ability to simultaneously insulate and breathe.

Show some skin

Fortunately, a lot of contemporary fashions happen to work very well for women who are going through menopause. For example, cropped trousers leave an ideal amount of skin exposed at the ankle, making it easy for air to circulate around your legs. Similarly, v-neck t-shirts and three quarter length blouses are good alternatives to polo necks and long sleeves.

Pack practical items in your bag

A handbag has long been a lady’s best friend, and there’s a reason handbags keep getting bigger and bigger. They’re not just a fashion accessory, but a portable closet, office desk and bathroom cabinet all wrapped up in one. Your handbag can also be a reliable repository of relief when a hot flush hits.

Do yourself a favour and buy a bag that’s big enough to store essential hot-flush-combating accessories. Before you leave the house, make sure to throw in a mini hand-held fan, a reusable water bottle (staying hydrated helps you body regulate temperature), a cold gel pack and any prescribed medicine or supplements you use.

Hot flushes may be an inevitable part of menopause, but they don’t have to make your life miserable. Dressing for hot flushes is just one simple way to stay cool in quite an uncool situation.

What are your tips for staying comfortable and stylish during menopause? 


Have you got a health question?

We've teamed up with AXA PPP healthcare to bring you articles, information and tips from their clinical teams on a wide range of health topics. And if you have a health related question of your own - about your or your family's health, medication or upcoming procedures, for example - you can also access their, "Ask the Expert" service. Available around the clock, 365 days a year this free resource allows you to ask the team of friendly and experienced nurses, midwives and pharmacists about any health concerns you may have - whenever you need them, 24 hours a day, every day. Please get in touch now.

Click below to submit your question online.

ASK THE EXPERT

The following two tabs change content below.

Rachel - Silversurfers Assistant Editor

Hello there! I’m Rachel and I’m the Assistant Editor for Silversurfers. I work behind the scenes to bring interesting, informative and entertaining subject matter to the Silversurfers community. I hope you enjoy the features we have shared with you. Please feel free to comment below and share your thoughts with us, we love to hear from you!

Latest posts by Rachel - Silversurfers Assistant Editor (see all)

Leave a Comment!

Not a member?

You need to be a member to interact with Silversurfers. Joining is free and simple to do. Click the button below to join today!

Click here if you have forgotten your password
wiffler
15th Nov 2014
2
Thanks for voting!
When travelling have a cool bag big enough to carry a cold flannel. You can wipe your face with it or fold and put on the back of your neck which is really refreshing.
0
Thanks for voting!
Great tip Wiffler 🙂

Community Terms & Conditions

Content standards

These content standards apply to any and all material which you contribute to our site (contributions), and to any interactive services associated with it.

You must comply with the spirit of the following standards as well as the letter. The standards apply to each part of any contribution as well as to its whole.

Contributions must:

be accurate (where they state facts); be genuinely held (where they state opinions); and comply with applicable law in the UK and in any country from which they are posted.

Contributions must not:

contain any material which is defamatory of any person; or contain any material which is obscene, offensive, hateful or inflammatory; or promote sexually explicit material; or promote violence; promote discrimination based on race, sex, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation or age; or infringe any copyright, database right or trade mark of any other person; or be likely to deceive any person; or be made in breach of any legal duty owed to a third party, such as a contractual duty or a duty of confidence; or promote any illegal activity; or be threatening, abuse or invade another’s privacy, or cause annoyance, inconvenience or needless anxiety; or be likely to harass, upset, embarrass, alarm or annoy any other person; or be used to impersonate any person, or to misrepresent your identity or affiliation with any person; or give the impression that they emanate from us, if this is not the case; or advocate, promote or assist any unlawful act such as (by way of example only) copyright infringement or computer misuse.

Nurturing a safe environment

Our Silversurfers community is designed to foster friendships, based on trust, honesty, integrity and loyalty and is underpinned by these values.

We don't tolerate swearing, and reserve the right to remove any posts which we feel may offend others... let's keep it friendly!