Seasonal Fabric

Whether you’re a dynamic power-woman or a petite fashionista, every season brings with it a unique challenge. What works in one weather won’t work in the other. Every season has its own charm and pros, which much be taken full advantage of. A lot of your fashion is dependent on the fabric you chose, as comfort comes first. Comfortable fabric is essential for that effortless smile on your face, and perfect skin. Look through our guide to find the best fabric for year-round awesomeness!

Summer/Spring Fashion

 ‘Tis the season of the sun, and all is bright! Show off some skin and embrace the sun and its warmth in the appropriate fabric.

1. Cotton

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You can use three types of fabric here – cotton, cotton, and cotton fabric! The queen bee of all plant fibers, this light material soaks up all moisture and sweat and expels it, allowing your skin to breathe and exalt itself in the warm summer glow. It works like a built-in air conditioner and feels crisp and light at the same time. The coarse seam allows air to circulate freely inside, cooling your body. On the plus side, it is freely available in a lot of fabric stores!

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2. Chambray

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You can also opt for chambray, which is a woven cotton fabric similar to denim. Since it has a higher thread count, it can be a great substitute for denim, without weighing you down.

3. Linen

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Linen is another great option for classier styles – a fiber made from the flax plant, it is famous for its exemplary coolness and readiness to absorb moisture and let it out while keeping your body fresh and dry. It is easy to play around with as well – wrinkle it up for bohemian looks, or just spray water on it and pat dry for a non-crease look.

4. Synthetic Fabrics

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Synthetic fabrics like rayon and nylon fabric work well to give a smooth, easy-to-drape appeal, which is silky to touch. Although it won’t absorb moisture that well, it feels cool and smooth. You can also opt for the lush opulence of pure or blended silk, which has a luxuriantly soft and cool surface, perfect to beat the summer heat.

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Things To Remember About Summer Fashion

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  • Work with different materials before you settle for one, as people with sensitive skin are allergic to different fabrics.
  • If you find cotton coarse or rough, throw in some fabric softener, or go for silkier variants. If you don’t find synthetic fibers your thing, natural materials like linen and cotton are your saving grace.
  • Opt for clothes in light pastels and mattes, as dark colors absorb more heat.
  • Don’t forget that cotton and linen shrink while you wash them!
  • Sundresses and bikinis are in! Stock up on sandals for comfortable summer evenings.

Monsoon Fashion

The monsoon brings with it the promise of bountiful rain, and the great challenge of dressing to match the beautiful showers! Shed your love for thick fabric and embrace the versatility of water-shedding material to make the best of the monsoon.

1. Cotton

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Cotton is your best bud yet again, with the fabric beautifully caressing your body in the right places without sticking unattractively. Remember that cotton dries very quickly as well, an added bonus. Your best bets are cotton and silk.

2. Chiffons

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You can also experiment with chiffons and other breezy fabrics, which dry very quickly and make you feel light.

3. Synthetic Fabrics

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Polyester, rayon, and nylon rain jackets avoid water, but remember to check the breathability of your product; it is important that your sweat is expelled outside without creating a furnace within.

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4. Raincoats/ Jackets

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Invest in raincoats, jackets, and boots. Your jackets can either be waterproof – which completely shields your body from the rain, or water-resistant – which protects your body for a short while. You can also combine rain jackets with fleece jackets, for added padding and protection.

5. Knee High Boots

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Never forget high boots if you live in rainy areas! Knee high boots are your best bets here, for added protection. Stay away from full-length pants if you don’t have high boots, as washing mud from your precious pant isn’t appealing. 

6. Denim

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Although denim doesn’t dry very quickly, it still is a good fabric to sport during the monsoons, as it is quite comfortable and is tough as well. Avoid all types of furs and leathers as moisture completely destroys animal fiber and tends to ruin fur.

Things To Remeber About Monsoon Fashion

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  • Avoid all types of furs and leathers as moisture completely destroys animal fiber and tends to ruin fur.
  • Wave goodbye to linen here, as it shrinks and sticks to your body.

Fall/Winter Fashion

The latter months of the year bring with it a feeling of great coziness and comfort, as the festive season beckons. Embrace thicker fabrics to suit the weather, and nuzzle deep into a cup of hot chocolate to keep winter chills away!

1. Wool

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The most common fabric to use here is wool. Experiment with different weaves and thicknesses in jackets, sweaters, gloves, socks, and scarfs. Cashmere is an exquisite type of wool which is much softer and finer than regular weaves. Pashmina is also known for its insulating properties. All types of manufactured wool, like plaids, mohair, flannel and chenille are must-haves for a comfortable winter wardrobe. Cable knit patterns look chic and cute, paired well with sweaters.

2. Parkas

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Parkas are making a reappearance! If fur is your thing, winter is the season for you, as this keeps you both warm and fashionable. Embrace your animal loving self with faux-fur, for all the luxury and no pain, but remember to choose your product well as cheap quality fabric rips easily.

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3. Leather

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Leather is another trending material to sport, with gloves, belts, and jackets perfectly classy-ing up drab outfits.

4. Tweed

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Tweed is a durable option for you, as it is tough, rough and very strong. Jackets, waistcoats, and trousers look wonderfully appealing in tweed. It is an elegant, aristocratic fabric which adds value to both your closet and pocket.

5. Corduroy

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Corduroy works with great texture and is flexible to a fault. Shirt and jackets look as good as trousers, and this fabric can be experimented with greatly.

Things To Remember About Winter Fashion

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  • Dark colors are a better option than light colors as they keep warmer.
  • Layering is another option to wearing VERY thick clothes!

Each season comes with its own specialties, and so do the clothes that come with them. The key to a great wardrobe is versatility, and understanding the climate of the area you live in. People in the tropics must stock up on cotton, linen, silk, rayon and chiffon, while the temperates and cold-dwellers must focus on wool, denim, cotton and leather. The color of your attire matters too. Light, breezy colors make you feel light, while dark colors absorb heat and make you feel warm and cozy. Draw inspiration from fashion lines and customize your own outfits, to turn heads your way!

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