A Guide to the Best Summer Friendly Fabrics

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Warm weather can be more of an inconvenience than a pleasure if you’re not wearing appropriate seasonal fabrics. Luckily, there are a wide range of lightweight fabrics that are both smart and comfortable.

As a general rule of thumb, natural fibres are a better choice in the summer than man made fibres. This is because natural fibres are more breathable than their artificial counterparts: making them far better suited for promoting airflow on warmer days.

If you’re thinking about investing in your summer wardrobe, here is our guide to the top summer-friendly fabrics.


Linen has long been a summer tailoring favourite, and for very good reason.  In addition to being highly breathable and therefore cool to wear, linen is also a strong fabric that is resistant to stretching. This is great news for tailoring as it is highly durable and will retain its shape, summer after summer. 

The only downside to linen is that it can crumple easily. Keep on top of creases by storing your linen garments properly and utilising a steamer. Alternatively, consider opting for a cotton-linen blend which will be just as cool but less likely to crease. 


Natural cottons are an excellent choice year round. They are particularly popular in summer thanks to their lightweight and breathable fibres. Cotton is a great choice for tailoring as it is typically hardwearing and is known for holding it’s shape well. It also absorbs moisture well.

Think of cotton and your first thought might be shirts. Though it is the ideal shirt fabric, it is also great for suits and blazers. 


Silk is a luxury fabric that can be worn all year round. However, we think it is an excellent choice for  higher temperatures thanks to it’s cool feel and breathable nature. It’s really comfortable to wear and creates garments that feel really special. It also works well in cotton blends.

Want to know more about summer friendly fabrics? We’d love to talk through the options with you. Why not book a bespoke tailoring appointment