Why I don’t wear short sleeves in the summer

Dear reader,

When you think of summer, you think of t-shirts and polo shirts…

… unless you’re me…

I use short sleeves if I want to be comfortable at home, when I exercise, or for sleeping (sometimes).

It would be stupid for me to wear short sleeves under the scorching sun. I would have to constantly cover my skin with sun cream. And I don’t believe the chemicals in sun creams are too good for our health.

Therefore, I try to use sun cream only when I really have to — for mountain sports, or for water sports mostly.

What I do instead in summer, is that I wear long-sleeved shirts and roll the sleeves whenever I can (in the car, sitting in the shade, or walking in a forest).

Otherwise, I roll down my sleeves and even raise my shirt collar if I want to protect my neck. As you can imagine, I favour thin shirts, in cotton or linen (even better). 

What colors?

I avoid dark colors that gather the heat. Pastel colors are the best. They’re joyfull, yet classy, and incredibly versatile (i.e. easy to pair with other clothes).

I would also include pastel yellow. The same applies for trousers.

The other benefit of long sleeves in the summer

There’s another benefit to wearing long sleeves in the summer: dealing with aggressive air-conditioning. 

Air-conditioning precision has improved over the years, but it still happens to me that I am freezing in July in a store, hotel or restaurant.

At my office, for instance, the air-conditioning is way too strong, and no-one seems to be able to do anything about it. Therefore, in the summer, I can roll up my sleeves when I go outside for lunch, and roll them down when I am freezing in the office.



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