It’s heating up for our Northern Hemisphere gals and sometimes there is no escaping the heat. Tinted windows, large hats, air-conditioning and short skirts are perfect if it’s the weekend, but if you have to work in it, drive around in it or do anything laborious, you’re gonna get hot, sweaty and maybe even smelly and uncomfortable.
So, aside from just avoiding the outside world all together, what are some of the best fabrics to keep you cool on those blistering hot days?
“WHAT? Surely not sweaty old nylon?!” That’s right, but only if it is the ‘Coolmax’ yarn that is specially made to wick moisture away from your body and keep you cool, calm and collected. This was originally designed for athletes, but mainstream clothing brands are cottoning on (see what I did there?) so expect to see this rolled out in more and more stores.
White or light coloured and loosely fitted is the best way to wear linen. It’s super absorbent, is natural and is one of the coolest and most breathable fibres.
4 times more absorbent than cotton and 10 times as strong. Choose a lightweight cloth for that extra breeze factor.
Rayon is a manmade fibre but it is made from cellulose which comes from trees. So, it’s semi- natural and is also super cool and breathable. The yarn’s high tensility means that clothes made from it drape well and are also super soft.
Double win! Super absorbent, natural and see above…
Cotton is also great to keep you cool, as it’s absorbent and also soft and durable. Make sure your sheets are cotton and not blended with polyester. Cotton can be knitted, blended with other yarns, or woven.
Here are a few *bonus* tips for how to stay cool when it’s hot: