The heatwave has begun! Summer is back again, with its power to make you sweat to the extent of discomfort. Staying indoor is the preferable thing to do, but then you wouldn’t want to miss out on your pretty kitty moments, fun-filled shopping trips, and all those social occasions that ask you to step out. Above all, you have your work commitments and daily errands; stepping out is inevitable! And while the heat shows no mercy, you can play smart with and dodge it out with the right attire; summer-friendly fabrics that promise to keep you cool under the sweltering heat!
What to wear in summer?
Loose-fitted, easy-breezy garments should be the main components of your summer wardrobe. And while flared outfits like Kurti dresses, cotton skirts, and palazzo suits can be your best summer allies, choosing ensembles with the right fabrics should be a priority.
Sarees for summer
If you perceive sarees as being too elaborate to be carried in the heat, I would like to introduce you to the truth- sarees are one of the most summer-friendly ensembles.
A bare midriff makes it all the more apt for the scorching weather while keeping your attire within the zone of modesty. Also, you got to choose your Saree Blouse style and fabric carefully to ensure that the whole outfit it brings you the right levels of comfort and style.
Other ethnic styles for summer
Well, there’s an entire range of ethnic-wear styles to don through the summer heat. You can choose palazzo suits, skirt-crop top coordinates, lehenga suits, and Kurtis- the top trend of the decade!
So you have plenty of choices in ethnic wear, so we take it further to choosing them in the right fabrics so that you can get through sweltering days with ease. Here’s our long list of summer fabrics- get scrolling!
One of the oldest fabrics, cotton is a classic summer fabric and my favorite. Cotton saris– printed with flowers are an evergreen trend. I also prefer having a few cotton suits for office hours and a couple of colorful printed Kurtis in cotton for my social moments. From formal work moments to trendy socializing, cotton has always worked as a chic summer fabric.
The Versatility of Khadi
Khadi is cool during summers and warm during winters. A product of the Indian handloom industry, khadi sarees, and suits make a versatile wardrobe for India, where climatic changes come in extremes. With designers giving an upliftment to this age-old fabric with new prints and modified embroideries, khadi is indeed a fabric to patronize!
This crepe fabric that can be made either from silk (pure-georgette) or synthetic yarns (faux-georgette) is a lightweight and flowing material. With the tendency to absorb sweat and dry quickly, along with its impressive style appeal, georgette is a summer vogue statement. Invest in plain georgette sarees paired with designer blouses, floor-length georgette anarkali suits, and printed lehengas for the summer wedding season!
An all-time Bollywood favorite, chiffon sarees have an inherent element of sensuality and are commonly spotted being flaunted by the Bollywood female leads in romantic songs. Chiffon fabric is lighter and smoother than georgette and is slightly translucent. From your daily temple visits to those fun-filled kitty parties, a chiffon sari is indeed a smart pick to beat the heat in style. The shimmery finish and contemporary appeal of these drapes are some more reasons for having them in your summer casual and party wear wardrobe. A long chiffon Kurti or tunic in pastel or muted tones and designed with contemporary details like cold shoulder sleeves is also a smart wardrobe option for summers!
Blended Beauty of Cotton Silk
The crispness and dullness of pure cotton can be off-set by blending it with a lustrous and smooth fabric like silk. Cotton-silk is thus aesthetically more appealing than cotton and more comfortable than silk. If you’re attending a summer wedding, then instead of wearing a heavy fabric garment, a cotton-silk sari or an indo-western lehenga choli would work better as a soothing wardrobe, during those endless rituals and extended hours of socializing!
Made of regenerated cellulose, rayon is a natural fiber like cotton, jute, linen, and silk. Some variants of rayon fabric have the sheen and smoothness of silk and are hence also called as artificial silk. Rayon is an extremely lightweight material while the weave is not very dense, thus making the garment highly breathable. Especially for your summer casual wear, it is wise to indulge in rayon Kurtis, saris, and tunics since the fabric is not very high priced. Rayon is also the perfect fabric for crafting trendy crop tops, saree blouses, and cholis – as it’s comfortable and will let you dance away to glory, even while sweating.
Linen, one of the oldest fabrics, is made from the fibers of the flax plant. This fabric is strong and has a high moisture absorbing capacity. With every wash, this fabric tends to become softer and smoother. With its unbeatable crisp and formal appeal, linen is best-suited for office sarees and suits, as well as skirt-style tops that you can style with colorful summer pants!
Other fabrics for summers
The list goes on- Mysore georgette, crepe silk, crepe-de-chine, Tussar silk, and jute blends are some of the other summer-friendly materials. You can also choose soft nets for summer weddings.
The mercury levels are rising- it’s time to dress up smart and beat the heat! So step out and show off your trendy summer wardrobe!