i do appreciate that i can buy nice crepe silk yardage on sale for less than a blend in RTW and it's so much more comfy and even luxurious.
If I could afford it - I would make myself 5-6 pairs of silk matka slacks each summer. The wear-ability factor is AMAZING - though they are not the most durable of slacks. Of course with 5-6 pairs - I might could get 2 summers out of them.
As for hot flashes - never had those either. Went through a phase of "sweats" everyday at 3:00 pm and 3 days of non-stop sweating while attending training in Wisconsin - in March - for a job I took but DID NOT WANT. My Doctor (and every woman I knew confirmed to me) - hot flashes do not hit at 3:00 pm everyday - those would be panic attacks. Quit that job - got rid of the panic attacks. The job wasn't hard - I was out of my mind BORED.
Menopause was mostly 7 years ago. I now must exist in 74 degrees at all times - unless I am doing manual labor - then its 72 degrees. Hot drinks and hot soup have been off limits except for the dead of winter and then that's only been possible for the last two years - the rest of the time - my caffeine is on ice!