Spring has officially sprung and summer is just around the corner. As the temperatures continue to rise, shoppers are looking to ditch their heavy flannel and fleece for lighter breathable fabrics. Touchable textiles are a top choice for market browsers. The tactile shopping environment of flea markets lends well to textile sales, especially outdoor markets where shoppers will have staying cool at the top of their mind. Here are the four best summer fabrics to keep your customers cool and comfortable throughout the summer months.
The most common natural fiber is also the most popular for a reason. It’s available in many different weights and styles. It’s comfortable and long lasting, often improving with each wash instead of deteriorating like many synthetic fabrics. This fabric absorbs moisture very well. Of course, cotton is very affordable, meaning there is a summer cotton solution at price points for all vendors and shoppers.
Linen is the ultimate summer fabric. People have worn linen during warm weather for centuries. The fabric is made from fibers of the flax plant. It’s very lightweight, breathable, and known for keeping it fresh in hot weather. This fabric is sturdy and able to maintain its shape through wear and tear. Plus, linen has a subtle texture for added style.
Chambray looks similar to denim but has a drastically different feel. This textile is woven cotton that often comes in a higher thread count and finer weave for maximum breathability. The result is a denim lookalike that is much lighter, softer, and breathable.
Though silk is not the most breathable fabric, it certainly is the most lightweight. Silk comes from the silkworm, meaning it is a protein fiber, not a plant fiber like cotton, linen, or chambray. It’s very hypoallergenic and generally adjusts to your body temperature.
Overall, look for fabrics that are made out of natural fibers. Synthetics such as polyester, nylon, or spandex all lock in moisture and sweat, instead of letting it evaporate. Selecting products with loose weaves and fine threads will ensure maximum breathability.