THE SCIENCE BEHIND WEARING BLACK IN SUMMER

Updated: Sep 21, 2019

For those of us who shy away from wearing black in summers, we are talking about the science behind wearing black despite the hot sun glaring on us.

Summer Fashion has traditionally been all about whites and florals. But all the cool people will wear black this summer. We are tempted to say that it’s because of The Perfect Black launching their uber cool Black Tees (round & polo) and Black Shirts this summer. But hey that nevertheless, we are talking about the science behind wearing black despite the hot sun glaring on us.

Black Absorbs the Heat From the Body


Black does absorb everything that comes from the sun and we are not contradicting that but also unlike white, it absorbs the heat from the body instead of reflecting it back to us. So, the heat coming off our sweaty body is reflected right back at us by white but not by our darling absorbing Black.Now that your black tee has absorbed your heat, you would ask how would it radiate it away? Well all it needs is a little help from some wind. When you get hot you sweat. To cool off, you need that sweat to evaporate. It's evaporation that drains the heat from your body. This obviously works better when you are more indoors and not under direct sunlight for most of your time.

Thickness and Fabric Matters

Researchers have studied the heavy black robes worn by Bedouins in the desert.

Another aspect is the thickness of the cloth, the fit and the quality of the fabric. You need relaxed fit to ensure the flow of air to do its work. Researchers have studied the heavy black robes worn by Bedouins in the desert. They say the key there is thickness. The outer layer of fabric does get hotter because the black colour absorbs more heat but that heat doesn't get transmitted to the skin because of the thick fabric. So, would any Black Tee or Shirt do? Na-uh. You need premium quality cotton with right thickness to do the job.

Go for Black

Well we all know that there’s science but it is still subjective and for those of us who enjoy air conditioned environments for most of the day, all this doesn't really matter, isinit! We would say if you really love wearing Black, go for it.

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