I'm traveling to Dushanbe, Tajikistan
in Central Asia this summer. I'll be there for June, July, and a bit of August, where temperatures can reach the 90s °F (mid-30s °C).
In addition to the heat, Tajikistan is a mainly Muslim country. I won't need to cover my hair, but I will need to dress modestly. That means no low necklines, short sleeves, tank tops or shorts - all staples of my summer wardrobe here in Ohio, USA.
I'm very fair-skinned and about 30 pounds overweight, so the sun and heat already aren't my best friends. I most likely won't have access to air conditioning.
What can I do to keep my sanity in the heat? I plan on observing the locals and picking up some clothes over there when I get a chance, but I want to bring at least a few outfits of my own to wear in the meantime. I'm tall-ish, chubby, female, and early 20s. I'll be going there as a student.