July is here, and with it come the first hot summer days — finally!
The downside of the sun rays getting stronger is that this means more heat; which means more sweat; which means having sweat patches more often than not, paired with that uncomfortable feeling most of us struggle with when the summer sun hits and we start sweating more.
We’ll tell you a secret —choosing light, natural, and breathable textiles when you’re shopping for summer outfits is the key. Keep reading for our top tips to aid you with avoiding this downside of summer heat by choosing the right fabrics for your summer style.
Ask any fabrics guru: linen is the go-to summer fabric.
Made from fibers of the flax plant, linen is well-known for being extremely absorbent, light, and breathable — everything you’re looking for in a good summer textile. The only con of linen is that it tends to crease a lot and you need to iron it if you want it looking its very best.
Right next to linen, cotton is one of the best fabrics to wear in summer, and certainly the most popular one. One of the best parts about cotton fabrics is that there are just so many styling options to choose from — you can find almost any piece of clothing made out of cotton, and it’s really comfortable.
If you can’t seem to decide on the best summer choice among the fabrics in the cotton family, chambray might be the best option. It is a lightweight plain-woven fabric perfect to help you beat the summer heat.
Silk is always amazing, but the secret to wearing it in summer is choosing the right kind.
Being a natural protein fiber woven into textile, the secret to choosing the right silk for summer is looking for loosely woven silk fabric. The tightly woven kind will retain moisture and heat, which is not what you want during the hottest season there is. But if you choose right — silk makes for a great insulator, meaning it will keep you cool in the summer, and warm in the winter. Another plus is that silk has high resistance to deformation, so it won’t wrinkle, and the ironing necessary before wear is minimal. Silk is, however, a very delicate, luxurious, and sensitive fabric, so you’ll want to be careful not to damage it.
Yes, you read that right — bamboo!
Made of 100% bamboo pulp fiber, this fabric is known for its high absorbent properties, and great permeability. With a texture similar to a blend of cashmere and silk, bamboo has a soft feel and is extremely easy to straighten or dye.
If we didn’t manage to convince you yet, you’ll also want to know that bamboo has natural antibacterial properties, which will help keep bacteria away from you while being biodegradable and eco-friendly. Its anti-ultraviolet nature has made it perfect for summer clothing as it will protect you from the effects of ultraviolet radiation.
Even though 100% natural fabrics are always the best choice for extreme heat, the last one on our list is a man-made fabric blended from cotton, wood pulp, and other natural or synthetic fibers. Rayon was invented as a cheaper alternative to silk, and its best uses include sportswear and summer dresses. If you’re looking for one of these garments made out of a material that is fresh, light, cooling, and comfortable, rayon is the way to go.
We hope this list helps you in choosing the most comfortable and stylish summer wear alternatives that will keep you fresh and cool through the summer days (and nights!). Which one is your favorite go-to summer fabric?
Do you have one that we should add to the list? Let us know in the comments section below!