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11.05.2020

5 Effortless Summer Fabrics and How to Make Them Last Forever

Breathable, durable, fast-drying — these fabrics are what summer dreams are made of. Literally. Whether you're looking forward to spending your whole summer in close proximity to your preferred body of water, or you're determined not to let the heat keep you from dressing up, there’s an ideal fabric for that. Plus: an ideal way to take care of them to make sure they last well beyond the season (but let's not think about summer ending yet). Let us elaborate:

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5 Effortless **Summer Fabrics** and How to Make Them Last Forever

Linen

Linen is the unofficial fabric of summer, not just since Jacquemus’ pink linen extravaganza in the midst of luscious Provencal lavender fields. It’s made from the flax plant (yep, the same one that produces the superfood seeds in your smoothies), is super strong, absorbent and fast-drying — and therefore perfect for summer suiting. It’s also pretty laborious to manufacture, so checking secondhand options first is a good idea. How to make it last: Take care of your new linen babies by washing on a gentle cycle, using cold water to avoid shrinking and drying it on a flat surface, as clips and hangers can leave marks in the fabric. Invest in a good steamer to get rid of wrinkles or let it hang out in a steamy bathroom for a couple of minutes.

Tencel™ Lyocell

If all you’re envisioning yourself wearing this summer are long dresses flowing in the breeze — a) you’re not alone, and b) make sure they’re lyocell. Sold under the name Tencel™, lyocell is a natural fabric made from cellulose in wood pulp, which means it’s not only breathable and wrinkle-resistant but also fully biodegradable. Easy breezy. How to make it last: Lyocell is long-lasting and easy to maintain, so washing on a gentle setting, line-drying in its natural habitat (air!) and avoiding ironing (you don’t need to, anyway) will ensure nothing crimps your style for seasons to come.

Cotton

Cotton’s a fave all year round, but especially in hot weather there’s no better wardrobe staple than the good ole, absorbable and breathable cotton tee. This season, why not try the recycled version or the organic counterpart that’s made without toxins, synthetic fertilisers or chemical bleaches or dyes? How to make it last: Wash at around 30°, gently stretch the fabric before air-drying and iron while damp, if you must. If you’re ready to spice it up a bit, try tie-dying, embroidering or upcycling your tee.

Denim

Summertime is denim-cut-off-time — whether you’re opting for the classic, effortlessly cool festival shorts or a mini skirt à la Paris Hilton circa 2005 — and it’s almost always better bought secondhand. Perfect worn-in fit and natural fraying, anyone? How to make it last: Denim is incredibly durable but still benefits from cold washing and line-drying to avoid shrinking. If you’re down for a bit of DIY, try playing around with your own dyes and bleaches, embroider the back pocket or cut your own shorts out of old jeans.

Recycled Polyamide

Polya-what? The most commonly known polyamide is nylon, which was invented as an inexpensive alternative to silk entirely made of synthetic materials. Since it’s not natural, consider going the recycled route — especially with something like swimwear that might get a lot of wear and tear. Plus, how cool is it to be able to take a bathing suit for a swim that’s possibly been made from old fishing nets or water bottles that would have ended up as landfill? How to make it last: Polyamides are the easiest fabrics to take care of, especially stretchable swimwear. If you’re over yours, make sure to bring it to stores like & Other Stories, Weekday, and Arket, who will recycle the pieces for you.