Street style during Milan Fashion Week. Photo by Luchino
Ask anyone, and they will tell you the right colour to wear in summer is white, well, at least, that’s what almost everyone believes, but if you talk to science geeks, you’ll be surprised to hear that the colour you should wear in summer is black. Now would be a good time to think that maybe you - and me - should have paid a bit more attention in science class! But do not worry, we're not here to send you back to school, keep reading, and you'll see it actually makes sense.
I bet you've always heard that white clothing keeps you fresh because it reflects the sun rays instead of absorbing them as the black colour does. This explanation makes perfect sense, right? So as soon as the first signs of summer appear, we all run to our wardrobes to get out those lovely white linen dresses and cotton trousers, the shops are filled with light coloured garments, and you say goodbye to your chic black clothes.
But according to physics and biology, the heat doesn’t only come from the outside, from the sun, it also comes from your own body, this is why when it’s cold, people stay close together, for human warmth.
Now imagine you’re wearing your lovely summer clothes on a sunny day thinking, quite rightfully, that you"ll be fresh since the white colour reflects the warmth from the outside. When the heat that your body naturally generates hits the white fabric covering you, it will also get reflected, but in this case, right back to you, so basically you will be cooking yourself inside your clothes!
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I know it seems absurd, but the reality is that black is a much better colour to wear in summer. Although it absorbs the heat from the sun rays, it also absorbs the heat coming from your body instead of reflecting it back to you, and considering that your body is much closer to your clothes than the sun is, you just do the math. It is no wonder women have worn black in Sicily for hundreds of years and so have the Touareg nomads in the desert.
Of course, you will need to find black clothes in light and breathable fabrics like thin cotton and linen, to keep cool this season. Can you imagine the relief of being able to enjoy a picnic without having to worry about the grass stains on what used to be your crisp white outfit?
So ladies and lads, get your Mediterranean look; when it comes to summer fashion, black is the new white!
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