As the temp rises in the dog days of summer, so does demand for fashion that breathes. Here are ﬁve ﬁbers that will keep the wearer cool even on the hottest of days.
1. Cotton is absorbent and has exceptional breathability, naturally pulling moisture quickly away from the body to evaporate. Cotton ﬁbers can absorb up to 27 times their own weight in water, according to Cotton Incorporated.
2. Linen, a natural ﬁber made of ﬂax seeds, is lightweight and breathable, allowing for air circulation around the body. It dries quickly and has a cool hand. This durable ﬁber is two to three times stronger than cotton, according to apparel brand Orvis.
3. Silk naturally regulates body temperature thanks to its breathability. Its smooth, soft hand is soothing to touch or wear – an excellent choice for those with sensitive skin.
4. Hemp has a porous nature, allowing the fabric to breathe. Among its other advantages are its ﬁber strength and resistance to mold or mildew.
5. Wool is typically considered an insulating fabric to keep warm in winter, but when fabricated as lightweight tropical wool, it works well for summer suits and other garments. The breathable ﬁber naturally wicks moisture away from the skin.