The Ultimate Guide to Breathable Summer Fabrics

Triple digit days mean the struggle is real, so fabric you choose during the summer makes a big difference. Lightweight, breathable, and airy fabrics are so much more comfortable to wear and will help you beat the summer heat. Keep on reading for our best fabric picks this summer to keep you fashionable and comfortable at the same time.

  1. Chambray

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chambray dress with striped hat

A woven cotton textile, chambray will keep you cool in dry and humidity. Chambray often comes in a higher thread count, which means it’s a finer weave and more breathable fabric perfect for summer dresses, tank tops, and shirts. Since chambray has a similar look to denim, you can get the casual look on your street style without feeling weighed down by a heavy fabric.

  1. Cotton

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A soft and fluffy fiber, cotton is known for comfort as it’s made by interlocking threads that create airy loops. Since cotton is perfect for all climates, invest in your basic staples like a dress, button-down shirt, and skirts that you can wear anytime. This natural fiber allows air to circulate and move freely through the fabric, which makes the heat more bearable while absorbing the sweat making you feel cool. It’s more durable and can be machine-washed without any problem.

  1. Linen

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Linen is one of the best summer fabrics known for being the lightest of all. Made from fibers of the flax plant, linen is exceptional for giving you coolness and freshness in the hot weather. The main benefit of wearing linen during the summer is that it allows easy air flow and reflects heat better. Like fashion blogger Mary Orton, opt for a summer linen dress with creative prints that can be stylish on your office looks. However, the only disadvantage of the fabric is its tendency to wrinkle and crease. Though the wrinkles are part of the carefree, lived-in beauty of linen, you may lightly spray your garment with a water bottle and smooth over wrinkles with your hand as it also dries very fast when wet or damp.

  1. Chiffon

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Made from cotton, silk, or synthetic fibers, chiffon resembles a fine net or mesh which gives you lightweight vibe while looking sexy on its sheer properties. Like fashion blogger Kristina Bazan, you may opt for a chiffon blouse that can be great with a zebra print skirt. This way, you’ll feel breezy on your summer style even you’re a fan of neutral and dark shades.

  1. Rayon

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A man-made fiber created from cellulose extracted from trees, rayon can be manipulated to imitate the feel and texture if silk, wool, cotton, and linen. It absorbs humidity, making it a great fabric for summer. Rayon is a thinner thread than cotton, so it’s great for delicate, lightweight clothing that drapes ever so well. Since it’s still not a natural fiber, it won’t wick away moisture as well as cotton and it’s not as durable, and thus should be dry cleaned instead of washed.

Keep also in mind that color and style of your outfit have important roles in keeping cool. While light colors reflect light and heat, loose-fitting silhouettes keep the air circulating around your body. With our summer fabric guide, you’ll be able to dress up season-appropriate while looking stylish on your street looks.

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