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Dressing for the Heat: What Fabrics to Wear

written by: Briana Baston-Cooper

This summer seems to be hotter and more humid than usual.  This makes it even more difficult to figure out what to wear. The easiest way to make comfortable combinations this summer is to first find out what fabric(s) you’re putting on your body.  Take the time to read the little tag inside the garment and find out what the fabric content is. Fabrics such as Cotton, Chambray, Rayon, and Linen are some of the most well-known breathable fabrics that work well with heat and humidity . Most people know what all of these fabrics are but aren’t aware of the benefits that they can offer. To begin with, Cotton fabric allows air to circulate freely while “Chambray often comes in a higher thread count, which means it’s a finer weave & more breathable fabric”. In addition, Cotton and Chambray are in essences the same fabric (apart for their different appearances) because Chambray is a form of Cotton that looks similar to denim.

Calvin Klein Chambray Dress Photo Credit: picvpic

Calvin Klein Chambray Dress
Photo Credit: picvpic

Cotton Dress Photo Credit: Bitofcircle.com

Cotton Dress
Photo Credit: Bitofcircle.com

But Chambray isn’t the only lightweight fabric that can replicate denim. Another fabric that can look like denim is Tencel, which is also known as lyocell or Tencel lyocell.  “Tencel or lyocell is a sustainable fabric, regenerated from wood cellulose”. This innovative botanic fabric is said to be “more absorbent than cotton, softer than silk and cooler than linen”. Then again, Tencel is sustainable due to the fact that no old growth forests, genetic manipulation, irrigation, or pesticides are used to create the fiber. Moreover, this fabric is perfect when looking for sustainable and fashionable summer clothing.

Tencel Dress Photo Credit: Lyst.com

Tencel Dress
Photo Credit: Lyst.com

Blended fabrics resist heat well, so you can wash and dry garments without worrying about damage or dreaded shrinkage”. Another bonus that clothing with fabric blends offers is that it has the ability to keep their shape and require little to no maintenance. This is a great feature for those of us who get ready last-minute.  But, no matter what fabric you choose to wear this summer make sure it works well  for your specific body type and makes you feel comfortable.

12 Aug ’16 by Alisha Ross

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