Warmer weather is the perfect excuse to ditch the warm winter layers and enjoy the feeling of sunlight on your skin. For those that want to update their wardrobe, there are some items that are ideal for anyone who wants to take their love of streetwear into the summer without sweating it out in thick hoodies and chunky trainers.
As the summer approaches, you might notice that some of your favourite pieces work better in the heat than others. Your favourite vintage tracksuit may look amazing, but many of them heavily feature man-made fabrics that leave you sweaty and uncomfortable in the warmer weather.
Rayon, also known as viscose, is a semi-synthetic fabric that was originally known as artificial silk and has a very similar drape and feel to the luxury fabric. Viscose is made from fabrics that include cellulose, a fibre that is manufactured from wood pulp and used in a variety of items from clothing to tyres.
Viscose offers many of the benefits of man-made materials as it is lightweight and versatile, but it has many of the benefits of natural fibres as well. It is breathable and allows body heat to disperse, it’s highly absorbent to wick moisture away from the skin, and it is also soft and doesn’t build up static.
If you want to stay cool, you can also opt for cottons, linens, and other natural fabrics that will help you to keep the heat at bay. Seek out thinner fabrics for your hoodies and sweats to maintain your usual look all year round, or add in some more seasonal pieces, such as:
- Sports Shorts
The natural summer equivalent of your favourite tracksuit bottoms, sport shorts are a versatile summer choice that are cool in every sense of the word. Opt for nylon if you want to achieve a summer sheen to your look but beware that it’s not a forgiving fabric in the warmer weather.
You might want to choose lightweight natural fabrics if the temperatures start to rise when you want to add some breathability to your look but also want to preserve your style. If you find the right shorts for you, they can go into your regular rotation to be teamed with a t-shirt in the daytime and an added hoodie or over shirt if you want to stay warm as the sun sets.
- Caps and Hats
One of the best things about streetwear in the summer is the wide choice of hats that can be worn to keep the sun off your face and help you chill out. You may have to give your favourite beanie a season off, but it’s the perfect time to bring out a curved-peak or five-panel baseball cap to complete your look.
A bucket hat can also be a strong choice and you can get a wide array of prints and patterns to suit your personal style and keep your head out of the sun. Give even the plainest outfit a lift with a striking hat and capture the festival vibe wherever you happen to be.
- Short-Sleeved Shirts
If you like the layered look and don’t want to abandon it for the summer, then short-sleeved shirts can help you achieve the look you love without overheating. A bold print is a great way to make an outfit stand out whereas a muted colour can work really well over a printed t-shirt or patterned t-shirt.
- Runners and Sneakers
You may find some of your favourite footwear isn’t ideal for keeping your feet cool, especially if you are making the most of the opportunity to get out and walk more. Stick to retro sneakers or minimalist runners for light-weight footwear and team them with your favourite outfit to make your summer threads look great.
With a few well-chosen pieces, you can avoid overheating this summer without compromising your look. Breathable pieces will keep you cool and slight changes to your normal look can take you all through the summer in perfect style.