From the benefits of cotton to the evils of rayon, we take a look at best and wore fabrics to wear this summer if you count yourself a sweaty betty.
Whether you consider yourself a ‘sweaty person’ or not, at some point this summer you’re bound to have some kind of sweat patch fiasco.
Whether you’re someone who needs only a small spritz of deodorant in the morning, or the girl whose friends whisper ‘S.U.L.A’ (sweaty upper lip alert) to her in a social gathering, the predicted unprecedented hot climes of this summer in the UK are playing havoc with our sweat glands.
Your Bottega Venetta quilted leather skirt might be the height of cool, but the dribble of sweat running down your legs after a hot bus ride rather undermines the statement. And that Balenciaga wool blazer isn’t going to be such a clever investment when you realise that even the best dry cleaner can’t over turn the pong of your overheated underarms.
Hot weather is great and all (Pimms, park, vitamin D), but we’re seriously struggling to know how to dress not only for the increased temperatures, but for our excessive public sweating.
As a result, we’ve rounded up a list of fabric do and don’ts for the summer because let’s face it, we’re tired of looking like our elbows are permanently glued to our sides.
There’s a reason your summer wardrobe consists of so many cotton dresses, shirts and flared skirts.
Cotton is a natural fibre which allows air to circulate and move freely through the fabric, ensuring airflow that dries out damp areas of the body. A good quality lightweight cotton also absorbs moisture and comes in a variety of styles and colours.
However, be warned, because cotton creases easily. So, when it comes to packing for a holiday, a cotton polyester blend may be your best option.
It’s also worth noting that seeing as cotton soaks up moisture, it can become heavy and wet, so opt for light rather than dark colours in order to avoid pit patches.
All hail, linen. Linen is a loosely woven fabric which allows heat to escape from the body, it absorbs moisture and dries quickly.
It’s also pretty malleable so doesn’t tend to stick to the body. However, it can wrinkle quite easily so look for linen blends if crinkles aren’t your bag.
A chambray is a plain weave fabric, woven with a coloured yarn in the warp and a white yarn in the weft, similar to denim.
It’s lightweight, breathable and darker shades commonly absorb the majority of sweat meaning ‘goodbye, bum sweat’.
Swap denim wardrobe options for chambray alternatives and see your summer sweat days officially over.
While the fabric is highly stain-resistant and durable, polyester is also a sweaty woman’s nightmare in summer.
Woven or knitted from polyester thread or yarn, polyester base fabrics are water resistant which means they’re horrendous at absorbing any indication of moisture. Basically, wearing polyester means you’ll be trapped in a vacuum of your own sweat all day.
This might explain why those bargain garments in your wardrobe stay exactly there – in your wardrobe – during summer.
While the thin fibres of rayon make it light and prevents sticking to the body, let’s not forget it’s made of synthetic fibres, just like polyester, meaning it’s more likely to repel than absorb water.
If you remember one thing from this, it’s that you want your summer fabrics to absorb not repel water. Yes, this may sound contradictory to someone who suffers from sweat patches on their clothes but textures that repel moisture actually mean areas of dampness are more likely to show on what you wear.
Yes, those original Levi shorts may look cute in the park, but you’ve got to be one hell of a brave soul to wear denim in summer.
Denim is a durable, heavyweight fabric which means it isn’t breathable nor stretchy – two words which basically mean ‘anti-sweat’.
Post time: Oct-31-2019