The season of sun and sweat is here and switching to string tanks and shorts seems to be the only way to cope with this weather. It’s all in the fabrics you wear. While it’s more tempting to strip off the extra layers of fabrics from your outfits, you don’t necessarily have to compromise fashion and style. There are a number of fabrics and materials for the hot days. You can play with your creativity to show off your fashion and style sense by utilizing these fabrics. Keep up your style game by choosing the coolest fabrics for spring and summer and shine. Check out our guide to the 5 best breathable summer fabrics to help you chill out this summer.
Cotton is perfect for all climates, which is why it’s widely worn & loved. Wear this in dry heat or humidity, too. This natural fiber allows air to circulate & move freely through the fabric, which makes the heat more bearable. It’s like a built-in air-conditioner for your body.
Tip: Remember, cotton can shrink in the dryer! In the summer, take the extra minute to hang dry your cotton garments (it’s hot anyways!).
Because this is cotton, it too will keep you cool in dry heat & humidity. Chambray often comes in a higher thread count, which means it’s a finer weave & more breathable fabric.
Tip: Chambray has a similar look to denim so you can get the look without feeling weighed down.
Rayon is best in dry heat. Since it’s still not a natural fiber, it won’t wick away moisture as well as cotton. It is a man-made fiber created from the cellulose extracted from trees. Rayon is a thinner thread than cotton, so it’s great for delicate, lightweight clothing that drapes ever so well.
Tip:Light-colored garments in white, cream & pastels don’t absorb sunlight like dark colors do. Wear them to stay cool.
Anywhere! Linen is totally for the heat. It is made from the fibers of the flax plant and is known for its exceptional coolness and freshness in the summer weather. Linen textiles are some of the oldest in the world—people have been wearing it for centuries, and for good reason. The natural fiber and light weave allow for maximum breathability; the coolest of the cool.
Tip: Wrinkles are part of the carefree, lived-in beauty of linen. Hate to iron? Lightly spray your garment with a water bottle and smooth over wrinkles with your hand.
Synthetic fabrics are known for detracting moisture (think: athletic wear), so they’re great in humid climates. Blends are a mix of either fabric: cotton, polyester, spandex, nylon, and rayon. Blended fabrics keep their shape & require little to no maintenance (like ironing!).
Tip: Blended fabrics resist heat well, so you can wash and dry garments without worrying about damage or dreaded shrinkage. Machine washable = huge time-saver!
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