The Best Fabrics to Wear in Summer
I'll be real with you guys, I am not built for heat. I'm built for layers on layers, coats, hot chocolate and skiing. Despite my every effort, I just can't get down with the blazing sun of summer. My distaste, however, doesn't manage to solve the crisis of global warming, so my wardrobe and I must adapt. Summer dressing is all about ease, comfort and ventilation. Yes, a pair of shorts will keep you a little cooler, but did you know that some pants might actually do a better job? The trick is the material, so keep an eye out for sweat-wicking fabrics below in mind when picking up your summer gear.
Seersucker is a favorite of the country club set, but it wasn't always so. When it first appeared in the US (fresh from tropical British colonies) it was worn by the poor. The cotton derivative quickly changed images as preps and Southern gentlemen adopted it for its light-weight breath-ability. Technically, you're only meant to wear it between Memorial Day and Labor Day, but who really cares?
I actually wear madras all year round, and I really don't care. If you do it right, you can layer it under sweaters in the fall and winter. It's the most comfortable of all fabrics and feels like there's almost nothing there. Traditionally, it's more of a men's fabric, but if you look you can find some decent options like this one from L.L. Bean.
Linen always makes a big play for summer. It's often used as an alternative for heavier suiting fabrics, but you can get it in pretty much any style. The only thing is, it wrinkles very easily and very noticeably, so make sure you keep an eye on that. (A linen blend is usually easier to deal with.)
Eyelet is a natural choice for warmer weather, simply because the all-over holes and intricate patterns let your skin breathe and keep you ventilated. And add some sex appeal.
Terrycloth is more commonly used in linens and bathrobes, but sometimes designers will try it in ready-to-wear. The fabric itself is woven from thousands of small loops that are super-absorbent, so it will definitely keep you dry if the heat gets to you. It's also very breathable, so you'll be comfortable no matter what.
Silk is a really accessible choice for warmer days. It's lightweight, breathable and easy to layer. Of course, because it's so delicate you have to be extra careful about how you wash it.
Chambray is another type of cotton with a similar feel to denim. It's a really good choice for transition months when it's not scorching hot, but getting there. Also, very appropriate for the beach.
More from Luckymag.com: