It is crucial to wear, not strongly encouraged because it is a must to wear. If you’re scared that wearing one will make you look like an elderly, fat, ugly, chubby, not only you refused to follow Nabi Muhammad saw advice however you also had criticized Allah’s creation, thus you shall bear the torment Allah shall give you.
If you’re scared of the heat, let the heat be the reminder of Hell’s fire. Which one would you prefer? Dunya’s heat or the hell?