Summer fabrics — What to wear Posted on August 9, 2017 under Blog. | no comments.
Summer fabrics that are lightweight and “breathe” can help you stay cooler in the hot and humid weather in Southwest Florida.
During the summer, you want to be comfortable, stay as cool as possible and look good. Just because you are hot and sweaty doesn’t mean you have to look it. Whether you are wearing casual clothes to a party or event or going to work in a suit and tie, you want to feel and look your best.
Natural fabrics are the best for hot climates because they won’t stick to your body and they allow your skin to breathe properly.
Common clothing fabrics are cotton, rayon, silk and linen. Of these, cotton is a good option because it allows air to pass through and helps keep the body temperature cooler. Cotton is also easy to clean. Most of the time, you can just throw it in the washer or have it laundered.
Cotton, however, does have a tendency to wrinkle. To resolve that issue, you may prefer a cotton and polyester blend. You’ll have the benefits of cotton and it will be less likely to wrinkle.
Other Summer Fabrics
Another great summer fabric is linen. The lightweight fabric looks crisp and comfortable in casual and professional settings. However, like cotton, linen is known to wrinkle. If you aren’t careful, you can end up looking slightly disheveled.
Silk can be a wonderful summer fabric and is one of the more elegant materials, but it can show sweat stains more than some other fabrics. It is used in pants, shorts, shirts, tops and dresses. Silk often requires dry cleaning.
If you’re a professional who has to wear suits or long sleeves and a tie, you still want to be as comfortable as possible. You also want to avoid sweat stains. If you do get sweat stains, be sure to let your dry cleaner know so they can address it.
Many sports fabrics are synthetic but are good at absorbing sweat. Polyester, on the other hand, is not the most comfortable in hot climates.
The best summer fabrics are light and can effectively absorb moisture from the body without staining. You also want to wear light colors because they tend to reflect heat while many dark colors will absorb heat. White, beige and pastel colors are the coolest.