For women going through the menopause there are plenty of things that can cause stress and anxiety, from unannounced hot flushes to chronic fatigue and insomnia, so staying stylish shouldn’t be on this long list of worries.
But unfortunately the menopause can impact the clothes women feel comfortable in, from a change in body shape to those aforementioned hot flushes; a favourite dress or outfit might just not have the same impact anymore.
Here, menopause expert and founder of Esteem – No Pause, Jane Hallam, shares her top five style tips on feeling fabulous during the menopause.
1. Embrace your new shape
During the menopause a lot of women report a change to their body shape, so don’t be afraid to try new things when you’re out clothes shopping. You’ve probably spent years dressing for your old shape, so you are going to have to be adventurous and try on things you would have usually left on the rail.
Take a trusted friend or partner with you for a second opinion and embrace your new body!
2. Choose colours carefully
Hot flushes are one of the main menopause symptoms and unfortunately they’re unpredictable and uncomfortable. But you don’t want the evidence of a hot flush living on in your clothing.
Try choosing neutral colours, such as white, cream, black and navy that don’t show sweat patches as visibly.
As part of Esteem’s Don’t Pause the Talk campaign, we asked real women about the impact of night sweats and hot flushes and this was one of their top fashion tips.
3. Be smart with the fabric
We know that hot flushes and night sweats are unpredictable so be prepared for that sudden burst of perspiration by making sure clothes are made using the best fabric possible. At Esteem – No Pause we use smart wicking fabric that is able to absorb even the smallest amount of moisture and the close fitting designs means it does so quickly.
Previous advice was to wear loose fitting clothing in natural fibres to keep cool and avoid fabrics such as polyester and nylon, as these would leave you feeling hot and sticky. However, over the years, with the rise in athleisure wear, fabric technology has developed with changes to fabric construction. These additional properties in manmade fabrics now make them just as effective, if not more so in many cases, as natural fibres in keeping you cool.
4. Layer up
Especially in the cooler months, wearing several thin layers will be better than one thick, heavy jumper. That way you can strip off the layers as soon as the hot flush strikes and then re-dress when your body is back to its normal temperature.
Our vests are an ideal first layer and can be worn under tops to give extra protection from perspiration.
5. Menopause doesn’t mean you’re past your prime
It is important to remember that going through the menopause DOES NOT MEAN YOU’RE OLD. Many women are shocked to start their menopause journey in their 40s, but the average age is around 47. But remember, if you don’t look or feel old, then certainly don’t dress it! You can be stylish at any age.
If starting the menopause, and the changes this brings, has knocked your style confidence, then look at ways you can get this back. Whether that’s a pampering session where you get a facial and your hair done or treating yourself to a new dress, confidence is key and it shines through over anything else.
Keep an eye out for more menopause tips from Esteem’s Jane Hallam.
Esteem – No Pause, is a range of nightwear, loungewear and lingerie made specifically for women who suffer from night sweats, one of the most common symptoms of the menopause.
Created by Jane Hallam, the specialist clothing range uses performance tested, breathable wicking fabrics. Esteem – No Pause provide style and comfort to the millions of women who suffer from night sweats, helping to improve their sleep and boost their confidence. Esteem – No Pause can be purchased exclusively from www.EsteemManchester.com.