FABRIC TO BEAT THE SWEATY SUMMER Part – I
Temperatures are soaring as the summers are officially here. For those who commute daily to and from work, beating the late-morning sun, becomes a priority because summer brings sweat, heat, dust and more with it.
An easy way to beat the heat would be to add a few refreshing clothes to the wardrobe. Summer demands natural, light fabrics. Wearing heavy clothing will only increase the suffering in the heat. So, ditch those heavy clothing, and bring out the breathable and lightweight fabrics that would reduce the sweat and helps one fight the fiery heat.
We bring to you a list of fabrics that will beat the heat this summer, and look fashionable with our style tips and be sustainable at the same time!
1) KHADI:- This handspun, natural, skin friendly, and organic fabric is ideal for Indian weather conditions and keeps the wearer cool in summers. Khadi is a skin-friendly fabric that ‘breathes’ and uses no chemicals in manufacturing. The coarse and easy maintenance fabric is sure to keep you cool during the searing hot weather.
Men: Khadi is fashioned into shirt, pants and even the famous Nehru jackets which can be worn over cotton kurta pyjama. Pick pastel shades and feel refreshing in the sweaty weather.
Women: From khadi saree, salwar kameez to khadi kurta pick any it will surely give a cooling effect and looks elegant work, college and even as casual wear. Boho and tribal printed palazzo pants, maxi skirts are the in fashion apparels for the hot blazing summer.
2) COTTON: Without any doubt, cotton is one of the most breathable fabrics to beat the heat vibes. Not only is it cheap and widely available, but it is also perfect to wear in the heat. The cotton knits are fashioned in the manner that there are airy loops and which would allow the proper air circulation and make the heat bearable. Also cotton has the magic to absorb moisture and even protect from the unbearable heat. The best thing about cotton fabric is that it is durable and easy to clean.
Men:-We recommend the cotton shirts for a formal look. Along with the cotton shirt prefer a cotton trouser to avoid the troublesome heat and sweat. Also, for a casual look, sport a cotton tee in light shade for a cool and smart look.
Women:-Working women can definitely pick light hues, crisp cotton shirts and team it with pencil skirts. For ethnic look pick cotton salwar suits with phulkari, chikankari and other fabulous embroidery work. A cotton kurti paired with cotton leggings or jeggings works both ways – formal and casual. For a more casual look, cotton jumpsuits, crop tops, cotton skirts and many more fashionable outfits are there to explore.
3) LINEN:- The most sought after fabric – linen, is appreciated because of the coolness it provides. Thanks to the way it is woven, and its fibre specifics, linen fabric facilitates better airflow, and to its structures that it doesn’t stick to the skin. It is highly absorbent and can absorb around 1/5th of its weight before it starts to feel damp or wet. It is also a great conductor of heat—allowing it to escape, which facilitates cooling.
Men: A crisp pastel blue linen shirt with trousers would beat the Monday blues. Linen shirts are AM: PM wear- from office to play hours one can simply rock in them. Team a white linen pants with blue T-shirt, for a casual look.
Women: For an ethnic look, go for linen palazzo pants with kurti, sari, salwar suits which would give a complete comfort and cool. Whereas for the western look, linen palazzo with tee, linen maxi skirts with casual blouses, linen tunics would give a street style look.
We will continue to explore cool and comfortable fabrics to beat the summer heat in our next article too. In the meantime sip on some cool, hydrating summer drinks & keep reading…