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What material is best for long sleeve shirts in hot weather?

Find out the best materials to wear during hot weather. Summers can be short in many locations, and you always want to soak up every minute of it you can, but sometimes it just gets too unbearably hot outside to enjoy the season. Wearing the best long sleeve shirts for hot weather can help you enjoy the great outdoors during even the warmest summer months.

Stay cool this season with these light and breathable summer fabrics that are perfect to wear when the weather gets hot.


1. Cotton

Cotton is one of the best fabrics for summer and hot weather. Not only is it cheap and hugely available, but it is also great for the heat. Cotton is soft, lightweight, breathable, and soaks up sweat, allowing heat to escape the body and for you to stay cool. It comes in countless styles and colors, meaning you can find a cotton garment to fit pretty much any need. There are also a variety of cotton blends that have different qualities. Cotton gets pretty wrinkled, but a cotton-polyester blend will keep you from having to iron. Cotton does have some downsides however. If you are sweating a lot, cotton tends to soak up moisture so it could become heavy and wet, it may also show moisture stains by your armpits or collar if you wear it in light colors.

2. Linen
Linen is another top choice for a breathable fabric to wear in hot weather conditions. It is also very light and is loosely woven which allows heat to escape from the body. It absorbs a lot of moisture and dries quickly, keeping you cool and dry. It tends to be stiff, but that also means that it is not sticking to your body. Linen also wrinkles pretty often, but a lot of people like it, and view it as a part of the style and look of linen. Mulberrys offers dry cleaning for your summer clothing as well as high-quality linen cleaning for your household items such as bedsheets and pillowcases.

3. Denim/Chambray

Denim is made from very tightly woven cotton, so it is a breathable material that absorbs sweat just like cotton. But, denim tends to be a heavier fabric, which is why some people prefer chambray for summer clothing. Chambray is often described as imitation denim, so it has all of the same benefits as denim but is a lot lighter in weight.

4. Silk

Silk is a breathable fabric, and while it isn’t quite as breathable as linen, it does share linen’s wicking ability, and also can hang loosely on your body. Silk’s wicking properties are also especially strong, and it will continue to wick moisture away from your body - unlike cotton, it can continue to wick even after it has absorbed enough water to become visibly damp, so it will end up drying out much more quickly than cotton and about as fast as linen.  Of course, being silk, it’s much more comfortable than linen, and fashion-wise is a bit more summer-oriented, helping you achieve a breezy, airy look.