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.
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?
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