Summer’s Coolest Fabrics

As summer heats up, perhaps the biggest dilemma in maintaining your street style is finding the right clothes that are comfortable and cool.  Who enjoys wearing slacks and a sport coat in 90 degree weather, anyways? But the change in seasons does not mean you have to ditch the formal wear to prevent that sticky back sweat and clammy hands and feet.

The most important thing to remember while searching for the right summer clothes is fabric.  In the winter, you may grab your wool or cashmere sweater to layer underneath your jacket.  While most may think this is impractical to wear in the summer, that’s actually not the case.

1. Wool

Wool is a very breathable fabric and stems from natural fibers.  A wool blend will keep you cool in that summer heat.  As a rule of thumb, any lightweight fabric that comes from a natural source will generally be comfortable to wear in hot temperatures.

 2. Silk

Silk is another fabric that stands strong as a great option for summer wear.  A cashmere silk blend will be a great addition to your wardrobe, as silk contains natural temperature-regulating properties.

3. Cotton

Another natural fiber to wear is cotton, as it absorbs moisture during those sweaty treks to work.  Try pairing a popular cotton cloth from India, called Madras, with a button-down chambray shirt.

4. Chambray

Chambray is a type of cotton that is woven together in a crisscross pattern, allowing your skin to breath better.  Chambray has a similar look to denim, but without the weight, so you can still pull off that trendy look on those summer boat days.

5. Linen

Try experimenting with a pair of Seersucker cotton shorts and a linen blazer. Linen is made from fibers of the flax plant, known for its absorbent qualities and freshness during the most suffocating heat waves.

Now you know how to stay cool in the summer while remaining stylish! Mix and match these different fabrics and see what feels most comfortable for you, or try different blends to maximize breathability.