five fibers to keep you cool

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.