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Elegant Comfort: Fashion Tips for the Workplace

Updated: Feb 14


Middle aged woman wearing sunglass
“I do think that when it comes to aging, we’re held to a different standard than men. Some guy said to me: ‘Don’t you think you’re too old to sing rock ’n’ roll?’ I said: ‘You’d better check with Mick Jagger.’” - Cher

Ageing is a process in a everyone's life that brings about unique challenges, including how one approaches fashion in the workplace. With ageing, comes menopause for women. Recognizing that each woman experiences menopause differently, Surety offers a diverse collection of fashion ideas tailored to individual symptoms and preferences.


Adapting to Bodily Changes with the Right Lingerie

The decrease in estrogen during menopause can affect skin elasticity and breast shape. Adapting to these changes can be challenging, but finding the right bra can make a significant difference.


Brands like Triumph, Wacoal, and PrimaDonna offer a variety of push-up and underwire bras designed for support and comfort. Choices range from seamless cups for a smooth look under clothes to lace-decorated options for a touch of elegance.


For those prioritizing comfort, consider wire-free sports bras or full-coverage options made from spandex-free, rash-resistant materials. Adjustable straps and side-support panels can provide extra lift and support, making them a practical choice for daily wear.


Clothing Choices for Comfort and Professionalism

Navigating menopause in humid climates requires thoughtful wardrobe choices. Layering and opting for loose-fitting styles can enhance comfort without sacrificing professionalism. Clothes with discreet lace layers can help conceal any undergarments, offering both style and practicality.


For women experiencing irregular menstruation, darker colors may be more suitable on heavier days, while lighter fabrics are preferable for managing hot flashes and night sweats.


Accessories and Aesthetic Touches

Accessories like chic sunglasses can add a touch of elegance and lift your spirits on challenging days. They offer a simple yet effective way to enhance your overall appearance.


Adapting to Changes in Body Shape During Menopause

With menopause causing shifts in muscle mass and fat distribution, especially around the mid-section, selecting garments made from breathable materials becomes essential.


Evaluating Fabric Breathability

To assess a fabric's breathability, prioritize thinner materials and finer yarns. A simple test involves holding the fabric against a light source; the more light that shines through, the higher the fabric's breathability.


Inclusive Fashion Tips

For plus-sized individuals, there are numerous stylish and comfortable fashion choices. On days when tight clothing might feel constricting or lead to discomfort, opting for a more relaxed fit is recommended.


Guide for Plus-sized clothings in Singapore


Period-Appropriate Underwear

Leakproof briefs and water-resistant period pants are practical choices, especially on lighter days. They offer comfort and are an eco-friendly alternative due to their reusability. Even when wearing these, the snug fit ensures pads stay in place, providing added security.


Addressing Menstrual Comfort

During periods of heavy flow or irregular menstruation, avoiding tight clothing is key!


Smart gowns and A-line dresses can relieve pressure on the midsection, reducing discomfort.


For bloating, loose shorts or high-quality fabrics can offer relief without compromising on style.


On heavier flow days, loose dresses or slip skirts paired with an additional layer like spandex shorts can provide extra security.


Printed tailored pants can also be a stylish and practical choice for these times.


Fabric Choices for Menopausal Comfort

Linen in the wind
Linen is a natural conductor of heat, keeping you warm but retaining the heat in its fibers, not your skin.Linen is a natural conductor of heat, keeping you warm but retaining the heat in its fibers, not your skin.

  • Cotton: Ideal for managing hot flashes, cotton allows air circulation and helps regulate body temperature. However, removing period stains from cotton can be challenging and may require specific cleaning methods.

  • Linen: Light and breathable, linen is excellent for its absorbency. Ironing linen garments can help maintain a crisp appearance throughout the day.

  • Chiffon: This fabric is light, breezy, and does not encourage sweat, making it a comfortable choice.


Fabrics to Avoid

Rolls of silk
Silks ain't a god absorbent as compared to cotton and therefore wearing it on a hot, summery day will leave you all sweaty.

  • Silk and Satin: While luxurious, these fabrics can show sweat spots, which may be inconvenient during menopause.

  • Polyester: A low-maintenance fabric that's wrinkle-free but can highlight sweat patches.

  • Nylon: This synthetic material is not water-absorbent, potentially making it uncomfortable in hot conditions.


Balancing Comfort and Practicality

While natural fibers offer a luxurious feel against the skin, synthetics provide ease of care and enhanced durability. They maintain shape better through wash cycles. Hence, a blend of materials like cotton with Lycra or polyester, or combinations of silk and viscose, strikes a good balance.


Always verify fabric composition by checking the garment label. Avoid overly stiff or plastic-like materials, as they're likely to induce sweating.


Choosing Workout Attire

For exercise apparel, consider the benefits of moisture-wicking and quick-drying fabrics to maintain comfort. Merino wool, known for its odor resistance, stands out against nylon and polyester for not trapping smells. It's a misconception that all wool is too warm or uncomfortable; lightweight merino wool blends are ideal for both athletic and casual outfits.


Opt for a snug fit in sportswear for support and efficient sweat wicking, keeping you dry and comfortable. For those who prefer less form-fitting options, a loosely draped vest or T-shirt in a light fabric offers coverage without sacrificing style.


Select colors that boost your confidence, such as your favorite hue or classic black, steering clear of grey marle to avoid highlighting sweat marks. This guidance is equally applicable to daily wear, where a slim-fit camisole or tank beneath a flowing tunic or wrap creates a polished yet casual ensemble.


Style with a Smile

Remember, confidence and a positive attitude are always fashionable. Dressing comfortably and stylishly during menopause can enhance your well-being and professional presence!


 

Important Notes: This article is intended solely for informational purposes and should not be considered as medical advice. Always seek the guidance of a medical professional for personalized health advice. No medical professionals or legal entities have reviewed this article. Additionally, the inclusion of any websites or external links within this article does not imply sponsorship or endorsement of their content.


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