Some fashion experts in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) have advised women to wear clothes that would not expose their bodies to avoid skin damage during the harmattan.
The advice is coming as the world marks “World Pneumonia Day” on Wednesday.
Some of the respondents who spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja said ladies should imbibe the habit of wearing clothes that cover the body.
Agatha Ochima, a nurse at National Hospital, Abuja, said ladies should adhere to dressing properly, especially during the period of harmattan, at least for medical purposes.
She explained that most cases of the pneumonia were as a result of body exposure to cold, dust among others.
Ochima said: “As harmattan is around the corner, everybody should prepare for it not just women alone.
“You can use this period to shop for decent and attractive clothes that cover your body”.
Samantha Maigari, a fashion designer at Gwarimpa, said women could still look gorgeous and attractive while they cover their bodies with clothes that were decent.
According to her, the way a dress fits depends on the way you use it.
“You are not made beautiful by exposing yourself in the name of fashion.”
Another fashion designer at Gwagwalada, Taye Biodun of “Tee Kay” Collections, said the cold period was usually a challenging moment in the life of fashionable folks.
“Harmattan season is a period that not only fashion conscious people dread but virtually every one because it is a time that one doesn’t usually wear what he or she likes to wear.
“In as much as it is time to cover up your body, some women don’t like the idea of total covering of their bodies.
“But I must say that some covering clothes look good as well,” Biodun said.
Clara Williams, a student at the Open University, Abuja, attributed dress sense to the individual state of mind.
“I urge girls to please try to cover their bodies because cold is no man’s friend.
“You can still look stunning and elegant in clothes that cover sensitive parts of the body,” Williams said.
NAN reports that every Nov. 12, Nigeria joins the rest of the world to mark the “World Pneumonia Day”.
The aim is to raise awareness of pneumonia, promote prevention and treatment and generate action to fight the illness by being conscious of what individuals wear.
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