Boost your wardrobe looks while keeping cool in the summer heat. These fabrics, cuts and wardrobe items assist with body temperature control. Look and feel good with these tips for both comfort and style in warmer weather.
Fabrics determine the breathability of clothing items and inherently contribute to either warming us up in cold weather or cooling us down during hotter months. Items made of light and airy fabrics have more room to let body heat dissipate and to catch a breeze on the skin.
Organza, tulle, chiffon and other sheer fabrics are great options for a more upscale look. Suitable for formal events, such fabrics can elevate a look. Items made with sheer fabrics can be dressed down for a more casual look as well.
Lace and mesh materials are so loosely woven and do not trap heat between the skin and clothing. Silk feels cooler on skin and wicks sweat away from the body while exuding a sense of elegance.
Sweat wicking items are great for the heated fashionista or gentleman. Certain fashion lines are designed specifically with this in mind. Hugo Boss’s BOSS Travel Line utilizes aloe vera and cool comfort technology to aid in temperature control.
Denim is generally thick and heavy. It might be best to shelf denim items during record highs or opt for looser fits and or distressed fabrics to assist with air flow. Chambray is a great alternative to denim in that it looks like denim but is much lighter and has a plain weave as opposed to the twill weave of denim.
Loose beachy linen offers free range of motion and breathability. Derived from the flax plant, the fibers of linen are natural as opposed to synthetic fibers, further increasing the appeal of the fabric for hot summer days and nights.
Bandage skirts and dresses can block air, trap heat and increase sweating, so it may help to avoid these during the hottest months. Select skirts and dresses that follow an A line pattern for optimal comfort and coolness. Empire wasitlines allow for air flow and pleats increase the range of motion of stiffer fabrics for skirts and dresses while puff sleeves do the same for tops and dresses.
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Shoes are another opportunity to cool down with the help of style choices. The long-standing Brazilian Havaianas brand offers open-toe sandals and flip flops with soles made from 100% rubber. Havaianas marketing director Fernanda Ramos mentions of the brand's sustainability efforts, "When we cut a flip flop we have residue of the molds. The goal is to have the cleanest process possible to produce less waste."
Look hot while staying cool this summer with intentional styling that incorporates materials, cuts and designs that assist with body temperature control. Silks and chiffons along with other mentioned materials, empire waistlines and pleats along with other designs and clothing item patterns and open-toe sandals and heels can all boost a summer wardrobe that is stylish and comfortable.
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