We know for a fact that summer clothes are usually much cheaper than winter clothes because they use less material, which reduces the cost. We also feel the need the change clothes more often when its hot, therefore we need more clothes in our wardrobes. This can lead us to go for the cheapest option when shopping for summer clothes. We only focus on the price tag and the looks of the item, but it is in fact very important to be mindful about the material of your summer clothes. When the sun is shining on top of you and it is hot as hell, you have to make sure that you are wearing a breathable fabric that will keep you cool and that won’t smell terrible when you sweat. That’s why reading the labels when you’re shopping for clothes is so important, but to understand what you’re reading on the label, you first need to know the different types of fabric and their pros and cons.
Know the Difference Between Natural and Synthetic Materials
Fabrics made of natural fibers like cotton are not only more comfortable but also more eco-friendly because the use chemicals is reduced to a minimum compared to synthetic materials. That’s why children and people with sensitive skin are advised to opt for natural fabrics instead of synthetic fabrics, as they are less harmful for their skin.
Cotton and linen are the most popular natural fabrics used for making summer clothes. Synthetic fabrics like polyester, nylon, lycra and acrylic are the most commonly used synthetic materials. It is also possible to mix different types of fabrics.
What Are the Pros and Cons of Different Types of Fabrics?
It is common practice in fashion to mix different types of fabrics. It is important that you know the pros and cons of each type of fabric so that you can wear comfortable and breathable clothes that will keep you cool during hot summer days.
Widely used for both summer and winter clothing, cotton is a very soft fabric. It absorbs sweat, dries fast and is naturally breathable. It is also a very versatile fabric because it can be produced in various textures and patterns. Cotton is also a very durable fabric, which means a longer use time for your clothes.
Linen is another widely used fabric when it comes to summer clothing. As a natural material, linen also keeps you cool, and it is naturally absorbent and breathable. Linen is not a very flexible fabric, so it is mostly used in making loose-fitting clothes. It is important to note that linen is much more durable than cotton. Although you will see that your linen clothes get wrinkled a lot during the first couple wears, it softens through time, which minimises the wrinkling.
Rayon and viscose are also widely used fabrics for making summer clothing. These types of fabrics are plant-based materials; however they are still highly processed fabrics. They have a silky and smooth texture, which gives you a chic look, especially with loose-fitting clothes. Although it is an advantage that they dry up fast, it must be noted that they wrinkle fairly easily, therefore they are not suitable for wearing for long periods of time. However, the wrinkling issue can be solved when they are mixed with other fabrics. Although rayon does not keep you as cool as cotton or linen, it is a very light fabric and it can be comfortable during summer.
Polyester and nylon are truly synthetic fabrics, so they might in fact harm your skin when you are exposed to sun or when you sweat. Clothes made from these types of synthetic materials are not breathable at all and they also do not absorb sweat, which can lead your clothes to smell.
Try to Be More Mindful When Shopping for Clothes
Everyone has different expectations from summer clothing. Some prefer wrinkle-free clothes, while others prioritise comfort. Keeping in mind the pros and cons of each type of fabric, we must get into the habit of reading labels when we are shopping for clothes. Is wearing colourful and cheap summer clothes really worth the pain of wearing uncomfortable and non-breathable clothes? If you want to spend a much more comfortable and light summer, you must focus on the type of fabric instead of prioritising price and model. You should get into the habit of reading label, find out more about the washing instructions so that you can wear breathable clothes that will keep you cool. That way you won’t have to worry about sweating when you are having fun under the sun.