Flu Fashion

I recently had the flu. The real flu, not the pretend “oh I had a touch of the flu last week” kind of cold.

I had the flu where I alternated between hot sweats, cold shivers, body pain, headaches, vomiting and nausea. It was hideous.

There really is no comparison between the common cold and influenza – the flu is just the pits.

In between feeling like crap and struggling to find the strength to drag myself to the toilet, I pondered some weird and wonderful things. I think I’ll blame some of it on the fevers. And the nausea. And being bored as I was not feeling up to doing the least strenuous of tasks.

One of the thoughts that occupied my mind was the notion of “flu fashion”. I don’t know about you, but I needed to think more carefully about what I wore at the the height of my sickness. That’s sounds as silly to me as it no doubt does to you but it’s true.

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For instance, I learned to layer. Of course, I should have learned this long ago from fashion magazines (if I had bothered to ever read any) but layering is a must when you are alternating between hot and cold due to fever. Having the option to wear little when sweating it out and then cosying up when you are numb with cold shivers is the best way to stay as comfortable as possible when sick.

Taking a second or even third change of clothes with you is also a must. On the one day I went to work while ill, I managed to sweat through a complete set of clothes before arriving at work. When I finally returned home I needed another change. I would have changed even earlier if I had followed my own advice and had some clothes at hand. If I only I knew…

Another tip, stick to flat shoes. With blocked ears and nausea, my balance was shot and I was lucky to stay upright at all, let alone trying to do so in heels. Sure, heels look better, but the look is lost if you lose your balance and fall over on your butt. Believe me, heels don’t look quite as sophisticated with legs up in the air!

A final piece of advice – embrace the messy up-do. Again, when your fever spikes, it’s a relief to have your hair up and away from your neck to help cool you down. It’s also handy if you’re feeling nauseous and ready to hug the bowl – having your hair out of the way in such a situation is a very, very good thing!

Never thought I would become a fashion blogger, but there you are! Have you learned some flu fashion tips from bitter experience?

Care to share?

Linking up with Grace (FYBF), Ann (TIK), Bron (WR) and very belatedly with Rhianna (TT) as I’m VERY thankful that my need for flu fashion has now passed!

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30 Responses

  1. It’s amazing the things a fevered mind comes up with. If I’m sick to the point of vomiting I don’t care what I’m wearing as long as my hair is tied back. You poor thing, it sounds like a nightmare.
    Pinky Poinker recently posted..U- is for Unattainable Dreams

  2. Oh my, you went to work?! I’ll bet they were thrilled about having you there!
    My Doctor wanted me to wear Flu fashion late last year when I contracted Pneumonia. I couldn’t bring myself to wear a mask however. I certainly wasn’t going anywhere and it was hard enough to breathe without one! Hope you are on the mend. Illness is so unfun. I have had more than my fair share on a constant round in this large family.
    Jody at Six Little Hearts recently posted..ShuPeas Infant Shoes – A Review and Giveaway

    • Kirsty says:

      I went to work the day before I discovered I had the flu – I felt so bad about it. My thermometer was not right so I was unaware I was trying to go about my life with a 39C fever – no wonder I was sweating through clothes and feeling like crap! Pretty much fully recovered now, thank goodness 🙂

  3. your take on fashion had me in giggles! When I’m sick, you’ll find me whingey in bed, goodness knows what I’m wearing. xS
    Sarah from Creating Contentment recently posted..let go of your results.

    • Kirsty says:

      I could never be a serious fashion blogger 😉 And I wish I could have spent more time in bed but I still had to get the kids to school and back each day. It was not a good week!

  4. ann says:

    Hilarious!! I need a leopard mask!!
    You totally make a fashion blogger!! My flu fashion involves trackies and pajamas I will have to remember your tips next time I am fluey!!
    ann recently posted..Things I Know #4- Leaving on a jet plane

    • Kirsty says:

      I should have stuck with trackies and pyjamas but I still had to get the kids to school each day – would have been so much easier otherwise!

  5. Love that leopard mask! Whenever I have the flu I try to wear something with a lurex thread running through it. Hides the sneeze spray. K x

    • Kirsty says:

      Oh the sneezing – I lost count of the number of tissues I ended up going through – hope to never have the need for a mask in future. Flu, no more!

  6. Kathy says:

    Very impressed that you went to work and even thought about fashion (perhaps a soldier’s outfit, he, he). An amazing number of people were wearing masks in Tokyo when we were there in January, but I didn’t see any leopard skin versions.
    Kathy recently posted..Mood swings (or see-saws)

    • Kirsty says:

      Leopard skin isn’t for the faint hearted!

      I wish I could have just crawled in bed for a week but I still had to get the kids to school – thankfully I rethought going to work after that one and only day 😉

  7. Maxabella says:

    You are too funny, but I’m sorry you’ve been so ill. Do you think flu fash will take off? x
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    • Kirsty says:

      I suspect flu fash will never really take off – by rights we really should all be in bed and away from the world when ill, shouldn’t we? However, I got a mention in the Pandemic Morning & Evening online paper http://paper.li/NORADZONE/1346976379 – there may indeed be a market out there for flu fash!

  8. Flu is a rat bastard, mostly when I get it there’s a trip to hospital involved because I try to soldier on and end up dehydrated!! Hope you’re starting to feel on the mend x

    • Kirsty says:

      Oh no – that’s not good for you Tara. I’m pretty much recovered now but it was not a fun time – you have to laugh to get yourself through sometimes, don’t you?

  9. Hilarious. Glad you’re feeling better. I recently had hives and my fashion fave was the bedsheet toga x
    Cybele @ BlahBlah recently posted..Falling off the ceiling and how to make foaming cleanser

  10. You crack me up – but also I’m very nervous to even READ about the flu, as I haven’t had it for ages, touch wood and all that. Here’s hoping you back on your feet now 🙂 x
    Emily @ Have A Laugh On Me recently posted..To mums who have lost their sons to war – Lest We Forget.

  11. I had the serious flu recently too and was too ill to get out of bed, so my only fashion would be P.Js and a flannel for your head 🙂
    Sam Stone @ A Life on Venus recently posted..My home away from home

    • Kirsty says:

      I unfortunately couldn’t avoid having to get the kids too and from school each day – luckily I managed that but I did then spend the times either side and in between resting and feeling pretty sorry for myself. Hope you are feeling better now Sam x

  12. Rhianna says:

    Well done you on finding the bright side to flu. Glad you are feeling better and hope that is all the flu you get this season. Sending lots of fairy wishes and butterfly kisses your way xx
    Rhianna recently posted..Thankful Thursday – The Teapot Edition

    • Kirsty says:

      Thanks Rhi. The irony was I supposed to have my flu shot at work the week I had the flu – let’s hope I have enough immunity now to get me through the rest of flu season!

  13. Grace says:

    Oh, that sounds horrid, Kirsty! The most important thing is to be absolutely comfortable. And if the messy up do helps (which it always does for me, even when I’m not sick!), go for it, I say! 🙂
    Grace recently posted..FYBF – ANZAC Day 2014

    • Kirsty says:

      It was pretty horrid and in the end you do whatever you can to get through. Fingers crossed that’s it for me for this year!

  14. Kimberley says:

    Haha, classic. When we lived in Japan we really did wear those white face masks EVERYWHERE in winter. I felt like such a suck at first, but people look at you oddly if you’re NOT wearing them. Hope you’re feeling better now, Kirsty! Kx (and thanks for linking up with #laughlink this week).
    Kimberley recently posted..10 Things My Kids Have Taught Me

  15. Michaela C says:

    Oh you poor thing! Hope you’re better. Thanks for linking up!

  16. Vaness says:

    My flu fashion is usually an arty display of tissues that I’ve thrown towards the bin and missed 🙂
    Vaness recently posted..Interviews With Myself Part 2: Laugh Link

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