Best Fabrics for Summer

by Crystal R. Mendoza Paulin

When it comes to summer, staying fresh and cool are musts! Here are the best fabrics to wear this summer to keep you cool and dry:

1. Cotton

Cotton maxi dress, Old Navy, $32.99

Cotton maxi dress, Old Navy, $32.99

In general, clothes made from organic materials are best for keeping you cool. Cotton is a great fabric: breathable, comfortable, and inexpensive! You can get just about any clothing item made from cotton these days for a great price!

2. Linen

Linen pants, Macy's, $49.50

Linen pants, Macy's, $49.50

Linen, a more upscale cousin of cotton, is also a lightweight organic fabric. Linen is traditionally popular in tropical and humid climates because the fabric is especially woven for maximum breathability. Linen does wrinkle easily but gives you an instant vacation vibe!

 

3. Chambray

Chambray top, JCPenny, $36

Chambray top, JCPenny, $36

Chambray is a woven cotton textile, not to be confused with traditional cotton knits as shown in #1! Chambray is an extremely lightweight fabric that responds well to constructed cuts and tailoring. Many chambray textiles are even made to look like denim, as shown above, so you get the look of denim without the extra weight!

 

4. Rayon

Rayon blouse, Venus, $24.99

Rayon blouse, Venus, $24.99

Rayon is a synthetic blend of natural materials (cotton, wood pulp, and other fibers) that looks and drapes like silk! Because it's not a natural material, it won't wick away moisture as well as cotton or linen, but it's certainly light enough to keep you comfortable and stylish in varied prints!

 

5. Blends

 
UnderCool, ThermApparel, $198.99

UnderCool, ThermApparel, $198.99

 

Blends of natural and synthetic materials (cotton, polyester, nylon, rayon) can offer great comfort and breathability. Think of athletic fabrics— those are especially designed to wick away moisture from your body to keep you dry and cool. When looking at blends, select fabrics that have a higher percentage of organic to synthetic materials.

Need something to cool you from the inside and won't cramp your style? UnderCool is light and sleek enough so that no one will be able to tell you're wearing a cooling garment under your clothes. With UnderCool you can stay cool and look it too!