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Summer Survival: Pick the Most Breathable Fabrics



Summer is inching closer, and while we're all psyched for the perpetually warm weather ahead after a tough winter, pretty soon it's inevitable that the heat, humidity and summer sun will leave us feeling, well, less than fresh.

Chrissy Volk, wardrobe consultant for Adahlia Volk has put together a cheat-sheet for navigating through the best, most breatheable fabrics for the season. Who ever looks at clothing "ingredient" listings on the tag - well, this season think of it as your guide to "cool."

SUMMER FABRIC "INGREDIENTS"

DENIM
  • COTTON + STRETCH = CUTE BUTT: Cotton jeans are the lightest for summer because they are airy and breathable, however, jeans with a small content of stretch are the most flattering. They will move with your body and it’s movements.
  • BEST DENIM BLENDS: Chrissy suggests denim with a high cotton content, and small synthetic content. A jean with either a 98% cotton/2% lycra or 96 % cotton/4% Lycra fabric, is a good combination. Joe’s Jeans, Seven For all Mankind, Citizen, Gap are all great for this content!
TEES AND TANKS
  • SOFTEST TEES: Cotton tees and tanks are favored in the summer time because it is so breathable. Look for Pima and Supima Cotton - they are the softest cottons.
  • FABRIC BLENDS AND THE "WEAR" OF YOUR FAVE SHIRTS: Combination fabric blends are often used so that garments will retain shape and remain durable over a period of time. Cotton blended with polyester, for instance, will retain its shape well and will also resist shrinkage.
  • SURPRISE FABRIC TO LOOK FOR: Look for Rayon! It drapes well and keeps its shape, even when wet.
  • SLIMMING TEES AND TANKS: If you are looking for tank that holds it shape day after day, Chrissy personally love James Perse, Target, or BP a Nordstrom brand. They are a Cotton/Spandex blend so you can throw them on day after day, and they will hold their shape very well. The blend you should look for is 94% cotton, 6% spandex for a more tight fitting, yet slimming, tee or tank.
DRESSES
  • CAN'T GO WRONG AIRY DRESSES: 100% cotton is the way to go for light and airy dresses!
  • DRESSIER "DRESS"ING: For dressier occassions, ditch the polyester blends and look for 100% silk, which is more breatheable and cool! Another option could be a chiffon (which is made from either silk or nylon), which is also breatheable and light. Look for a lining in an acetate or nylon blend.
  • BODY CON OPTIONS: If you do love a tighter fit, opt for a poly-blend with Spandex, it allows for more flexibility in the fabric and pulls moisture away from the skin, making cooler than just polyester alone.





ABOUT CHRISSY VOLK: Adahlia Volk is the brainchild of Chrissy Volk. Chrissy brings years of fashion knowledge and a love of making people feel good to Adahlia Volk, Style and Image Consultancy (http://adahliavolk.com/). Chrissy is highly experienced and has years of experience within the fashion industry. Having spent more than a decade in the fashion and retail industries, Chrissy has the innate ability to relate to her clients’ needs and challenges. Chrissy has worked in various fashion houses including ZOE, and Chanel, Inc., as an account manager. As an Account Manager for Chanel, Inc., Chrissy worked with at Bloomingdale’s and Bergdorf Goodman. As a personal style consultant, Chrissy provides expert guidance and insight on how to create a first great impression. Her experience in working with people of all ages and economic backgrounds enables her to listen, care, and provide effective solutions to real-life challenges. Adahlia Volk incorporates strategies to help you maintain a life-long habit of looking your best each and every day. Her in-depth knowledge in fashion and beauty ensures that clients receive the best advice on dressing for success, grooming, styling, wardrobe makeover and presentation. Chrissy graduated from Rutgers University with a degree in Art History and resides in New Jersey. She loves cooking and has recently taken up body boarding.


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