Style, color and cut are significant factors involved in choosing a dress. But, it is also essential to consider the particular type of fabric. A few of the factors to consider include the drape, ease of care, finish and fiber content. In the process of choosing a dress it helps to think about your lifestyle and your personal style.
Here are a few of the best fabrics for the different weather conditions:
Fabrics for warm weather
Lighter fabrics are preferred during the hot and humid summer months. The cotton-blends and light cotton fabrics are great choices for the warm-weather clothing and casual dresses. The linen blends can make a great second choice, but this type of fabric is certain to wrinkle easily. However, the linen blended with a touch of rayon or nylon will make it a lot more resistant to wrinkles.
The cotton broadcloth, knit and muslin can give a very smooth finish. The preferred color scheme for warmer weather is bright or light colors because they are more effective at reflecting light to minimize heat build up. Also, the dresses with patterns make a great choice.
A further great quality of the linen and cotton-blends is the ability to keep the skin comfortable and dry because it naturally wicks moisture from the skin.
Also, for those planning to dress up for a special-occasion such as a reunion, prom or wedding, it makes sense to go with a high-quality natural fiber fabric. A great option for the warmer months is silk.
Fabrics for cold weather
A great choice to keep warm in the winter months is wool and wool blends. Other practical options for the winter dress include cashmere and alpaca. They naturally give inherent warmth and have been used for thousands of years to make clothing for cold climates.
The most hard-wearing fabric includes worsted wool which is very smooth. Also, there are fluffy fabrics that aren’t as durable, but give the softer finish for the most luxurious finish to an outfit. A slight downside of the fluffy fabrics is the higher risk of shedding and pilling.
For the formal dresses or other outfits that are likely to be worn only a few times in the colder months, it is possible to wear a dress made in synthetics. Nylon, rayon and polyester are common choices and easily styled to create the real fashion statement. Additionally, the rich and thick fabrics like brocade and velvet are further great options that will keep the warmth in, but they are a little heavy to wear.