Summer Fabrics / by Cinthia Contreras

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Coming from an island where you experience pretty much only one season, doesn’t exactly teach you about proper use of fashion for a hot weather country believe or not, in my case I would throw on me whatever was on “trend” even high to the knee boots! Oh Lord come and help us! I never paid attention to fabrics and clothing pieces that would keep me from sweating a river and complaining and that lack of knowledge/attention followed me all the way to New York where the summer is even moving humid and the pollution even worst.

This year thanks to the collaborations I did with some brands I got to experience and feel the big difference of wearing the right type of fabric to endure the heat, which doesn’t get me wrong I like.

Tart and Tucker (this one made in Dominican Republic yeyyI have to admit were my biggest standouts! The softness and lightness of their fabrics kept me fresh and comfortable. For the first time in my life, I felt good in summer clothes.

Let me highlight some fabrics I’m sure are going to keep you fresh and on point during this amazing and fun season.

Summer fabrics:

Modal: is a popular fabric used in clothing and everyday household items. Modal is a semi-synthetic cellulose fiber, which is a type of rayon. Modal fabric is made by spinning cellulose that has been reconstituted from trees. More often than not the cellulose is obtained from beech trees.

Even though modal has been around for so many decades, it is now more popular than ever. And the reason for this is that its stretchiness and its softness make it ideal for fashionable active and sportswear. So, now more modal is produced than ever before.

Silk: Is a luxury fabric with an enchanting history.

Characteristics:

 - Low density makes for a light and comfortable clothing

- High resistance to deformation

- Good insulation properties / warm in winter, cool in summer

- Strongest natural fiber available

- Shimmers and shines

- Good affinity to dye

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Leaving aside the rather demanding care, silk is one of the most comfortable fiber fabrics in the world

Jersey fabric is a soft, warm stretchy fabric that is made from cotton, silk, or synthetic fibers. ... Jersey is often used for clingy skirts and shirts, as well as casual wear and athletic wear.

Georgette, originally made from silk is made with highly twisted yarns. Alternating S- and Z-twist yarns in both warp and weft creates its characteristic crinkly surface. Georgette is made in solid colors and prints and is used for blouses, dresses, evening gowns, saris, and trimmings.

 Cotton: has very good breathable characteristics, it is hypoallergenic, agreeable to the touch, and it suits perfectly for people with skin hypersensibility. It has low thermal-conductivity, therefore it is an ideal material for both summer and winter clothes: in summer it prevents your skin from heat, and in winter it preserves the warmth of your body. Cotton fabrics are easy to dye and have very low elasticity characteristics, so they almost don't stretch.