Summer is a delightful time of year when the sun shines bright, the days grow longer and there’s plenty to do outdoors. But too much of a good thing can be a bad thing… as is the case when the sun becomes scorching, temperatures climb into the 90s and 100s, and we’re stuck outdoors in the hot, muggy, humid heat!
To make sure summer weather shifts aren’t making you miserable, it’s a good idea to dress for the season. This means more than throwing on a t-shirt and shorts—it means paying some mind to the type of fabric you’re wearing and how it might be an asset on overly hot and humid days. And a tailor in Cape May County can help you make sure your favorite items are ready to wear this summer, with the perfect fit and feel.
Let’s take a look at a few different lightweight fabrics that are your best bet for comfortable summer wear, regardless of the weather:
- Linen: There are few fabrics as light and comfortable as linen! This fabric also has the advantage of drying quickly and wicking moisture.
- Cotton: The most abundant material in your wardrobe, cotton is lightweight, comfortable, easy to care for and very versatile.
- Seersucker: On the more expensive end of the scale, seersucker is a form of cotton that’s woven to be lighter and very comfortable.
- Cotton/linen blends: Blends marry the comfort of linen and the affordability of cotton, giving you a lightweight wear option that’s also easy to care for and versatile to wear.
- Rayon (mostly women): Many summer dresses are made of rayon. It offers better opacity than linen and cotton, while remaining lightweight and comfortable. You’ll need to visit a dry cleaner when it comes time to wash these items, though!
- Tropical wool: This material has the advantage of being thicker, yet extremely breathable and lightweight. It tends to be more expensive.
- Silk: Also on the upper end of the expense chart, silk is soft to the touch and extremely lightweight, but will set you back a pretty penny! It’s also harder to clean and manage.
- Chambray: Another “heavier” fabric that’s actually very lightweight and easy to wear, chambray is great for more formal summer attire.
In addition to considering the type of fabric you’re going to be wearing this summer, make sure to also pay attention to the weave. Weaves can be loose or tight, and they have a great impact on how breathable the item of clothing is. A great example is tropical wool. Wool is traditionally woven tightly for winter clothing, to help stave off the cold and keep body heat in—however, tropical wool is woven loosely to allow airflow, for a great summertime option.
Finally, consider proper care for your garments, to help maintain the integrity of the fabric and the consistency of the weave. Many items will benefit from being taken to a dry cleaner when it comes time to wash and clean them, simply because they’ll receive proper care in maintaining the total integrity of the garment.
Whether you’re shopping for new summer clothing or going through your closet looking for your outfit for the day, it’s in your best interest to consider the fabric and weave of items you plan on wearing. Talk to a tailor in Cape May County at Court House Cleaners to learn more!