In these hot summer months, it can be challenging to navigate what to wear to keep cool and still look amazing. Here are a few of my favorite summer fabrics and some tips to keep you cool in them.
Linen is an amazing summer fabric as it’s lightweight, breathable and help keep you cool when things are hot and sticky. With many styles, colors and fits out there, it’s easy to find something you’ll love. You can choose a pair of linen pants and dress it up with a silk blouse or be more casual with a t-shirt. I love a great crisp linen jacket for a more casual day at the office and a pair of linen pants with a colorful tank for the beach or bbq. Make sure you buy your normal size or even something more fitted as linen stretches throughout the day. Also, if you aren’t that familiar with the fabric, be prepared, it will look wrinkled within hours so choose your look accordingly.
Seersucker is another summer fabric to keep you cool. This fabric is made from a lightweight cotton with a subtle pastel puckered stripe. It is a big tradition to wear it in the south but can be pulled off well all across America. This look is great to pair with brighter colors but I recommend avoiding wearing a suit made of seersucker unless you live in the south or you are going to a Kentucky Derby party.
Chambray is a light weight denim fabric that pairs well with anything from skirts to wearing over a tank as a light jacket. I would avoid the “Canadian Tuxedo” look and not wear this with jeans unless they are white.
Joie Parthena Dress, $268
Silk is a fabulous summer fabric as it’s one of the thinnest to keep you cool. Whether it’s pants, a top or a dress, you’ll be sure to look polished and professional in this amazing fabric. Because of the thin nature of this fabric, be mindful of how sheer it is and wear the appropriate undergarment so you don’t expose too much. Also, I don’t recommend wearing a solid silk garment if you tend to sweat as the fabric will show everything. Instead, choose a print which will hide most.