THIS week we have looked at how the menopause brings symptoms ranging from lower libido to acne.
By far the most common is hot flushes, affecting 80 per cent of menopausal women.
Fluffy jumpers, cosy coats and trusty tights are seasonal staples — but when a hot flush hits, they can be a sweaty nightmare. So try out this chic but cooling clobber.
PINK TEMPERATURE TECHNOLOGY DRESS
WE love to dress up until things hot up. HotSquash cleverly uses special fabrics to regulate temperature.
This dress in funky fuchsia uses tech the brand calls ThinHeat and CoolFresh to suit your body’s needs. As for the tights, Snag uses moisture-wicking breathable fabric to keep you cool.
CAMO COAT AND KHAKI TROUSERS
WHEN it rains, it pours. Be ready for whatever the weather throws at you with a recycled feather and down parka from Marks & Spencer’s Goodmove range.
The elasticated cuffs lock in warmth but if you get hot under the collar, the hood can be removed. Better still, the coat can be folded up and carried as a backpack.
The rest of this outfit is all about comfort — loose faux-leather trousers from Reserved and a sustainable cotton T-shirt from Primark.
ROLLABLE QUILTED JACKET AND JEANS
TAKING off a layer means yet another thing to carry. So with overcoats, lighter is better. This H&M sleeveless quilted jacket is a godsend. The lightweight fabric keeps out the cold but won’t overheat you.
For those warmer moments, its neat, sleek shape means it can be rolled and popped into a handbag.
The layer underneath, from La Redoute, creates the illusion of being worn over a blouse. But the collar is attached to the jumper, meaning air can circulate through the knit and on to the skin.
PINK SWEATER AND LOOSE TROUSERS
MAN-MADE fabrics such as polyester and nylon don’t let your skin breathe. Sustainable cotton is kinder on the skin and permeable. This pink Goodmove jumper from M&S is cosy but won’t make you clammy.
Team it with an oversized shirt like this from Finery London and airy trousers like these Warehouse culottes.
LEGGINGS AND TRENCH COAT
THE line between gymwear and casual is blurred these days. We wear stretchy leggings for walks, to the pub and even to work.
This Primark pair made from recycled plastic — with a breathable structure and moisture absorption — will keep you cool anywhere. Rather than a thick coat, layer with light jumpers and a trench like this one from Reserved.
SLEEVELESS JUMPER VEST OVER A SHIRT
Layer sleeveless jumper options — “tank vests” — with a gentle, breathable fabric like this cotton shirt from Asos. The sleeveless H&M jumper has a zip from chin to chest too. The shape is flattering for bloated days, too.
OUR 3 AIMS
- MAKE hormone replacement therapy free for all women on the NHS.
- ENSURE every workplace has a menopause policy that supports staff.
- GET men and women talking about the menopause to shatter taboos.