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11 Best Summer Fabrics to Beat the Heat

The summer season is back with a bang and this year the summer promises to shine brightly. The sweaty summer, fiery heat is sure to let you enjoy the beach waters, chill drinks and fashionable clothes. However amidst all these the blazing sun would make you sweat as if you have just hit the gym, and all you can do is have a foul mood.

best fabrics to beat summer heat

But fret out, we bring out cool and comfortable fabrics to beat the summer heat, which would even change your foul mood to nonchalant one. Check out our top fabrics that would reduce the sweat and would be perfect for Indian tropical weather. Take a look and get inspired.

  1. Cotton
  2. Linen
  3. Khadi
  4. Rayon
  5. Chambray
  6. Original Silk
  7. Madras
  8. Seersucker
  9. Lace
  10. Fresco
  11. Lawn cloth

1. Cotton:

Without any doubt, cotton is one of the most breathable fabrics to beat the heat vibes. The soft, fluffy and lightweight fabric is perfect for the Indian summer and would help you in keeping cool.

Benefit: 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 you from the unbearable heat. The best thing about cotton fabric is that it is durable and easy to clean.

Style Tip:

Men:

We recommend the cotton shirts for a formal look. Along with the cotton shirts you can even prefer cotton trousers and save yourself from the troublesome heat and sweat. Also, for a casual look you can sport cotton tees in light shades which would make you feel cool and smart.

Women:

Working women can definitely pick light hues, crisp cotton shirts and team it with pencil skirts. If you are looking for ethnic look pick cotton salwar suits with phulkari, chikan kari and other fabulous embroidery work. As women have plenty varieties, college going girls can prefer cotton kurti and pair it with cotton leggings or jeggings. For a casual look, you can cotton jumpsuits, crop tops, cotton skirts and many more fashionable outfits.

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2. Linen:

A natural fiber made from flax plants, known for its cool feel and comfort. Linen is a perfect summer wear and comes in cool and soothing shades which will make you look swanky and help you relax in the summer heat.

Benefit: Linen fabric is like an air conditioner, it would keep your body cool and absorb the sweat. Though the fabric wrinkles easily, you can water spray your apparel and smoothen the wrinkles with your hand.

Style Tip:

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 you can rock in linen shirts. Also, for a casual look you can sport white linen pants with blue T-shirt.

Women:

If you want an ethnic look, then go for linen palazzo pants with kurti, sari, salwar suits which would give you complete comfort and keep you cool. Whereas for the western look, linen palazzo with tee, linen maxi skirts with casual blouses, linen tunics would give a street style look.

3. Khadi:

The boom of khadi fabric in India began during the Swadeshi movement, and since then it has flourished all over the globe. The coarse and easy maintenance fabric is sure to keep you cool during the searing hot weather.

Benefit: This material has been worn by the Indian society for ages and it is evidently the most soothing fabric during the summer season.

Style Tip:

Men:

Khadi is fashioned into shirt, pants and even the famous Nehru jackets which you can wear over your cotton kurta pyjama. Pick pastel shades and feel refreshing in the sweaty weather.

Women:

From khadi saree, salwar kameez to khadi kurta you can pick a wide range variety that is sure to give you a cooling effect and make you look elegant at your 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.

4. Rayon:

Rayon is an excellent fabric that would make you feel comfortable in the heat. It is a man made fabric made out of wood pulp, cellulose, cotton and other natural synthetic. It has a glossy look like silk fabric, but is inexpensive compared to silk.

Benefit: Rayon has a wow factor, it evaporates the moisture or sweat quickly and remains dry, therefore making you feel comfortable in an extremely hot weather. Also the fabric doesn’t stick to your body which is another advantage of the rayon fabric.

Style Tip:

Men:

You can sport a casual, boho look with printed rayon shirt with chinos or khaki, which would make you feel completely comfortable. Also if you are looking for cooler look, then we suggest you to go for rayon shirt with cargos.

Women:

For the summer look, prefer floral print rayon dress, tunics with denim shorts. For college going girls, we suggest you to pick the rayon tops that would give you comfort and elegance. In ethnic wear you can even pick rayon sarees and salwar suits that would give the utmost pleasant feel in the blazing heat.

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5. Chambray:

An uber cool textile that would give you comfort as well as make you look fashionable. Chambray gives an illusion of denim, so during the sweaty summer mornings, you can definitely pick the chambray fabric and flaunt in charm.

Benefit: The chambray is woven textile that is lightweight, breathable and long lasting fabric. You would notice, with every wash the fabric becomes softer and thus becoming your favorite fabric for the summer.

Style Tip:

Men:

The best way to look dapper and professional at your work is teaming button down a chambray shirt with formal trousers, whereas for your boys night out you can wear the chambray button down shirt with chinos, denim jeans.

Women:

There are cool ways to look elegant with chambray button down shirt, dress as well as skirts. You can wear a chambray shirt with skater skirt, colored pants, and even with hot pants. Also, if you have got chambray dress then pair it with a hat and long pendant chain and you are good to go.

6. Original Silk:

Delicate looking silk fabric is one of the fabrics that can be worn during summers and winters. Due to its absorbing property, the fabric can be used during the sweaty summer season. It would absorb and dry the moisture quickly, making you feel comfortable and luxurious.

Benefit: It is the most hypoallergenic fabric and even most durable fabric. It takes color well and the maintenance is also easy.

Style Tip:

Men:

As silk blends with other fibers easily, make sure you pick a pure silk fabric for the summer, go for silk kurta pyjama for the festivals and weddings. Whereas for the wedding reception we recommend silk shirt with formal pants that would let you beat the heat.

Women:

A silk blouse with trousers would be chic for the office look, and a silk saree would be elite wear for weddings. If you have family party, then you can pick the trendy silk salwar suit too. Whereas if you are looking for western wear, then silk midi skirt with a button down shirt or tank top will make you look attractive and exuberant.

7. Madras:

Chennai (previously known as Madras) is known for its hot, tropical climate and thus to manage the hot weather, the hand woven yarn spun from tip skin of ancient trees. The colorful plaids and texture made it popular overseas during 1960s and became high end fabric in the western countries.

Benefit: The pattern are vibrant and the plaids and check fashion was seen on the ramp of Spring fashion week.

Style Tip:

Men:

Men in south India where Madras fabric lungi (dhoti) which is an essential wear during summer. Whereas men in the Western countries prefer madras fabric shorts, blazers, shirts in colorful plaids. So, if you want to bring a bold look, you can definitely wear this style.

Women:

If you want a vintage or retro look, then you can choose madras fabric dress, button down shirts or even colorful skirts. However these days people hardly pick this fabric.

8. Seersucker:

Looking for fabric which is cool for the summer, doesn’t need ironing and looks splendid? Then seersucker is at your rescue, the puckered and lightweight and preppy fabric is a blessing in disguise. Seersucker is a Persian word, ‘seer’ means milk and ‘shakar’ means sugar and when you touch the fabric you can feel both smooth and granule texture.

Benefit: The fabric provides good air circulation and during the sweaty days it wouldn’t even stick to your body and make you feel uneasy. Seersucker like the name sucks away the sweat which would give you a breezy feel.

Style Tip:

Men:

Pick seersucker striped button down shirt with plain bottom trousers as formal look, also you can wear a seersucker blazer over your chambray shirt for your business meetings. For a beach look we suggest you to pick pastel shade seersucker shorts with printed T-shirt and you can chill in the summer heat.

Women:

Doll up yourself in a refreshing seersucker dress, skirts and solid shade top for the brunch party with your girls. Moreover, you can even pick seersucker shorts and pair it with racerback top and look babelicious. If you are planning for the beach party, then try seersucker swimsuit, you would look modish.

9. Lace:

Lace is a stylish summer fabric which is woven in linen, silk, cotton and other fabrics. The close knit pattern makes the outfit will allow proper air circulation

Style Tip:

Men:

As lace is a very delicate fabric, it gives a feminine touch and hence it would be ideal for women wear. However you can style your ethnic kurta with lace border.

Women:

Wear lace crop top with denim shorts, or lace top with the high waisted long skirt and bring a fabulous look to your personality. You even get lace off shoulder top, skirts, dresses that would cool you off in the summer heat. Make sure you wear proper innerwear with the lace outfits.

10. Fresco:

Lightweight, tough, breathable and fresh feeling is what you would experience when you wear fresco made apparels on a sunny day. Fresco is derived from the Italian word, affresco which means fresh, and you would feel breezy, airy in this amazing fabric.

Benefit: Extremely comfortable and the high twist of the material gives ample room for air, making the fresco outfit perfect for summer.

Style Tip:

Men:

Mostly fresco fabrics suits are available, so you can style up yourself into a stylish fresco suit or blazer for the upcoming summer wedding.

11. Lawn cloth:

The lightweight, baby soft feel of the lawn cloth will make your day. Lawn cloth is semi sheer fabric, that is woven in linen and cotton giving a feel of smooth texture and will pacify you from the scorching heat.

Benefit: The sheer look would make the outfit airy and relaxing. The maintenance of the fabric is easy and simple.

Style Tip:

Women:

The famous Pakistani suits are weaved from lawn cloth, adding a charismatic look. Even the lawn kurtas would be perfect for college girls and working women. You can even pick the lawn cloth palazzo pants for hippie and casual look. From sun dresses to skirts lawn cloth would give you a complete refreshing feel.

Do share your comments about which fabric gives you a cooling feel as well as makes you look fashionable.

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Jessika Perkins

A creative writer who enjoys romantic novels, a huge fan of Marilyn Monroe, and a believer in karma. Loves to explore life and enjoys it to the fullest. Addicted to diamonds and bling jewelry. When not writing, busy stalking celebrity fashion, or reading food blogs. A part of Looksgud.com to enlighten her readers with fab ideas and style tips.

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