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Breathable Fabrics to Wear in Hot and Humid Weather


Find out the best fabrics and materials to wear during hot and humid weather. Summers can be short in many locations, and you always want to soak up every minute of it you can, but sometimes it just gets too unbearably hot outside to enjoy the season. Wearing the best clothes for hot, humid weather can help you enjoy the great outdoors during even the warmest summer months.

From shirts to dresses, stay cool this season with these light and breathable summer fabrics that are perfect to wear when the weather gets hot.

What Are The 4 Best Summer Fabrics?

1. Cotton

Cotton is one of the best fabrics for summer and hot weather. Not only is it cheap and hugely available, but it is also great for the heat. Cotton is soft, lightweight, breathable, and soaks up sweat, allowing heat to escape the body and for you to stay cool. It comes in countless styles and colors, meaning you can find a cotton garment to fit pretty much any need. There are also a variety of cotton blends that have different qualities. Cotton gets pretty wrinkled, but a cotton polyester blend will keep you from having to iron. Cotton does have some downsides however. If you are sweating a lot, cotton tends to soak up moisture so it could become heavy and wet, it may also show moisture stains by your armpits or collar if you wear it in light colors.

2. Linen

Linen is another top choice for a breathable fabric to wear in hot weather conditions. It is also very light and is loosely woven which allows heat to escape from the body. It absorbs a lot of moisture and dries quickly, keeping you cool and dry. It tends to be stiff, but that also means that it is not sticking to your body. Linen also wrinkles pretty often, but a lot of people like it, and view it as a part of the style and look of linen. Mulberrys offers dry cleaning for your summer clothing as well as high-quality linen cleaning for your household items such as bed sheets and pillowcases.

3. Rayon

Rayon is a man-made fabric blended from cotton, wood pulp, and other natural or synthetic fibers. It was invented as a cheaper alternative to silk (which also makes silk a good summer fabric). Rayon has very thin fibers, which allows it to breathe more than other fabrics and gives it a lightness that prevents it from sticking to a body in hot weather. Since it is so comfortable and cooling to wear, rayon is an especially good fabric for sportswear and summer dresses. While a great fabric for hot weather, rayon can shrink when washed in warm water. You can hand wash in cold water, but it is recommended to dry clean rayon to avoid shrinkage or damage. Mulberrys provides dry cleaning and laundry delivery services to ensure your summer fabrics are handled with care. You can also check out our guide for some tips to avoid shrinkage.

4. Denim/Chambray

Denim is made from very tightly woven cotton, so it is breathable material that absorbs sweat just like cotton. But, denim tends to be a heavier fabric, which is why some people prefer chambray for summer clothing. Chambray is often described as an imitation denim, so it has all of the same benefits as denim, but is a lot lighter in weight.

Keeping Your Summer Fabrics Clean

Summer also seems to be the seasons of stains: grass, dirt, and ketchup galore. Don’t ruin one of these great summer fabrics with a stain, take them to Mulberrys for our wash and fold laundry services as soon as possible so we can help you continue to stay cool during the summer.

Visit Mulberrys Garment Care to experience high-quality dry cleaning for all of your hot weather clothing. We offer environmentally-friendly dry cleaning and free pickup and delivery from our locations in Minneapolis and San Francisco. Click here to get a 20% off coupon for your first dry cleaning order!