Monday, June 7, 2021


By Dan Matthews

Outdoor Fashion to Improve Healthy Habits This Summer

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The days are getting longer and the temperatures are getting higher. The feeling of summer is already in the air, and now that there’s an end in sight to the pandemic, this particular summer is bound to be a great one. There’s no doubt you’ll want to make the most of it, spending time with family and friends, going to the beach, or maybe even doing some safe traveling.  

Chances are, you’re also going to be heading to a lot of outdoor events. Picking the right outfit for each one should be fun, so do a little closet digging to find that perfect linen short set for your next picnic or your favorite vintage tee for that rock concert in the park. 

But, did you know what you wear this summer could actually have an impact on your health?

Let’s discuss some outdoor fashion ideas that you should be incorporating into your closet this summer. By focusing on both fashion and function, you’ll stay safe, happy, and stylish all season long. 

Stay Active, Stay Safe

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Summer is the perfect time to take your workouts outside and to mix up your routine. From jogging around the neighborhood to swimming, cycling, and hiking, there are endless possibilities to staying active and healthy. Things like outdoor yoga can give a good group experience and help you stave off health problems like heart disease or varicose veins.

But, what you wear while you’re working out could have a bigger impact on your well-being than you might think. 

Not all workout gear is the same. Some might hinder your performance. More importantly, the wrong workout clothes could put you in danger, depending on how hot it gets. Clothes made of standard polyester or 100% cotton tend to trap moisture while you’re moving. If you sweat during your workout, that could make it easy for you to overheat quickly. It will also make your clothes heavier, so your routine will become more taxing. 

Moisture-wicking fabrics, on the other hand, will keep your body cool. They’re breathable and easy to clean, so you don’t have to worry about any long-term odors or even the risk of bacteria lingering in the fibers! Some of the best moisture-wicking fabrics for workout clothes are: 

  • Spandex
  • Poly-Dri
  • Bamboo fiber
  • Nylon
  • Lyocell
  • Moisture-wicking cotton

Thankfully, with a little digging, you can find workout clothes made from these materials that are also extremely fashionable. If you plan on staying active this summer, it’s worth it to change up your workout wardrobe to stay cool.

Invest in the Right Jewelry

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If your healthy summer habits include things like hiking, camping, or even climbing a local sand dune, finding the right clothes is only half the battle. Accessories are important no matter what you’re doing!

While you’re probably not going to be wearing a diamond necklace or Rolex while you’re rock climbing, you might still want to wear your wedding ring or other meaningful pieces. So, how can you protect your accessories while you’re staying active? 

Whenever possible, choose jewelry options that will work with your active lifestyle. Leather and cloth are great for necklaces, bracelets, belts, and hair accessories. They can be easily washed, won’t get damaged, and won’t be uncomfortable while you’re moving around. 

Sweat-proof jewelry is also an option if you know staying physically active is a big part of your life. It’s becoming more popular and widely available. You can also choose materials that are more likely to withstand outdoor conditions, sweat, and physical activity. For example, choosing wedding bands made of tungsten or silicone will make it easier to avoid damage and they’ll be more comfortable to wear. 

And, a helpful tip for anyone about to propose to a partner that loves to be active – go with a real diamond for their engagement ring! Any tough gemstone will work, just try to avoid cubic zirconia. It’s more fragile and may crack or break under certain conditions.

Fashion That Fights the Sun

Staying active in the summer is just as beneficial to your mental health as it is to your physical wellbeing. That includes relaxing activities that can calm your mind and keep you moving all at once. Gardening, for example, is a wonderful way to stay active and reduce stress. But, you might not want to put on workout gear to dig in the dirt. 

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So, what can you do to keep yourself protected no matter what you’re doing outside? 

The most important thing is to keep your entire body safe from the sun. That starts with using sunscreen the right way, so keep these simple tips in mind: 

  • Using sunscreen even on cloudy days
  • Applying at least one ounce 15-30 minutes before going outside
  • Making sure your sunscreen is water-resistant
  • Reapplying every two hours

What you wear can also protect your body from the sun. If you’re going to be outside for any length of time, opt for a sun hat to protect your head, and even a cover-up or a light long-sleeved top to give your skin a break from the sun’s harsh rays. 

Eye protection is just as important. Investing in a pair of sunglasses or even contact lenses with UV protection will keep your eyes safe and your vision healthy. Contacts with UV protection are perfect for people with active lifestyles since you don’t have to worry about them falling off or getting lost, as you might with sunglasses. 

No matter how you choose to stay active this summer, your clothes should work with you and improve your healthy habits, not hold them back. Keep these ideas in mind to stay safe and protected, and enjoy everything the warmer weather has to offer. 

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