I’m not sure what it’s like where you are, but here in my neck of the woods, it’s H.O.T.
It’s only the beginning of Summer though, so there are no doubt more sweltering days ahead – but sweating your way through Summer can really cramp your style!
Which is why I’m sharing with you some of my fave heat friendly fabrics that help your skin breathe and keep you cool in the Summer heat and humidity.
Eyelet is an obvious choice for Summer because of the many holes and lightweight material. This fun, flirty fabric has a feminine flair to it that looks great worn casually or dressed up. A simple white eyelet top looks great with brightly coloured or patterned cotton shorts. You can even find eyelet shorts, which can add some unexpected texture to your outfit. When buying white eyelet dresses though, make sure a reliable lining is underneath.
Seersucker is extremely breathabable, and also adds a classy air to any Summer outfit. Seersucker suiting is a great alternative to heavy suit fabrics, but instead of doing it head to toe, go for seersucker separates like a pair of shorts or a blazer. Seersucker is also great for dresses, shirts, skirts, and pretty much anything you can think of.
Linen always makes a big comeback during the Summer months after laying dormant for the rest of the year due to its ability to make formal wear light and breathable (linen has a porous weave that allows heat to escape away from your body and back out into the humid air). Oh, and it’s also highly absorbent so it helps keep ugly sweat stains at bay.
Linen is super versatile as well. For example, casual linen pants are a popular choice to wear at the beach or to an evening get-together with friends.
The only downside to linen is its tendency to wrinkle easily – but people expect to see linen a little wrinkly; it just adds to its charm.
A note about caring for linen…always wash by hand or on the cold cycle.
Silk is lightweight, breathable and adds a bit of sex appeal to any outfit.
A summery silk top can easily be paired with any type of bottom and silk dresses can be dressed up or dressed down for a warm weather occasion.
The only downside to silk is the extra care necessary for washing.
Cotton is lightweight, comfortable, and soft which makes it one of the most popular choices for the heat.
It is an extremely common, year round material and is an ideal fabric if you have skin allergies.
However, cotton isn’t always the best at hiding sweat marks, so just make sure to avoid tight cotton shirts or dresses on a particularly hot day.
It’s also important to take care when washing and drying cotton because of its frustrating tendency to shrink and possibly go from a size large to a small. This problem can be avoided though by making sure the cotton clothing you buy is pre-washed and dried.
Chambray is a type of cotton that feels and looks very similar to a thin denim.
A pair of cute chambray shorts and a simple tank are an easy breezy Summer look.
A dressier chambray tops also look great worn with white pants or capris.
So there you have it – six different materials to help you beat the heat this Summer!
In the meantime,