Different Types of Fabrics | Summer Wear


May, an exquisite month of summer is here and who is a big fan of this weather anyway? Well, we know the heat, sweating, pimples, skin darkening, rashes, and the problems associated with it & the list goes on and on.What do you think could be a fashion statement (#summer trends) in this hot weather? Well, if you are looking for an answer to that question then I think this is the post that you were looking for. Today, I will be sharing certain fashion tips regarding the different types of fabrics that are available which I know most of you would love. You can design your own dress if you know about these fabrics.

First of all, before deciding on the look & the dress, it is important for us to understand the fabric that will be comfortable in the current weather. Let me suggest to you about various fabrics that you should not be wearing too much as it may absorb a lot of heat and will not be a good fabric that you should be carrying in Summers.

To start with, we have many distinguishable fabrics that are majorly divided into Natural & Synthetic fabrics.

Natural fabrics are those which are extracted by human beings from nature & natural processes.

Synthetic Fabrics

Fabrics which are not naturally obtained from nature and require certain chemicals to be mixed in order to form new fabric are known as synthetic fabrics

The most trending different types of fabrics are as follows:-

1. Cotton Fabric

From the list of “Different types of fabrics” available, the first fabric that we are going to discuss is COTTON. Cotton Fabric is the most widely available fabric that is naturally produced. It is extracted from the plant. The reason cotton fabric is universally used is because it is soft & highly preferred to be worn in summers.

The cultivation of cotton precedes many years from now. Cotton fabric, however being a natural fabric, is blended with various synthetic fabrics to accelerate its quality & durability. Cotton fabric is processed to make tops, T-shirts, shirts, inner wears, bottom wears, sarees, etc. It is one of the universal fabrics which have a lot of advantages.

The major highlights of Cotton Fabric-

  • Very soft and breathable.
  • Easy to clean & take care of.
  • Easy to handle and sew.
  • Can be easily dyed in different shades.
  • It can be worn in all weather.
  • Can be kept free from germs.

Plantation of Cotton Fabrics


Issues with Cotton Fabric

  • Cannot be worn without iron due to crease
  • Cotton fabric quickly absorbs water & not easy to dry.

Cotton Fabric is commonly used for

Pillow Covers, Bed sheets, T-shirts, Shirts, Tops, Nightwear, Pajamas, Kurtas, Inner wears, Trousers, Salwars, Sarees, Handkerchiefs, Curtains, Covers, and Cushions.

Some other uses of Cotton


2. Silk Fabric

The second “Different type of fabric” is silk fabric. It is one of the shimmery fabrics due to its triangular prism-like structure which allows the fabric to refract the lights which make silk fiber look very colorful in different lights! (due to dispersion of light through small prisms). Silk is naturally produced by following the process of sericulture. There are various types of insects that help in the production of silk, such as beetles, honey bees, bumble bees, hornets, weaver ants, etc. The silk fibre is chiefly composed of 80% of fibroins, which is a type of protein and 20% of sericin, which is otherwise called as silk gum.

The major highlights of silk fabric

  • Silk fabric is one of the strongest natural fabrics in the world.
  • Extremely fine & smooth fiber structure.
  • Silk can be worn in both the seasons (winters as well as summers) but majorly worn in winters.
  • It is the epitome of luxury due to its appearance.
  • Also, commonly used due to the softness of the material.
  • To the people with allergic skin or acne prone skin, it is less likely to cause allergic reactions to the wearer.
  • Silk fabrics do not wrinkle or change their forms easily.
  • Also has excellent drapability.
  • Silk fiber can generally absorb up to 11 percent of its weight, but for different types of silk fabrics, this range varies from 10 percent to 30 percent. This property is a major factor in silk’s ability to be printed and dyed easily.

Process of Silk Fabric Production


Issues with Silk Fabric

  • It is one of the most expensive fabrics.
  • Silk fabrics are not good with too much sunlight or heat. There are various insects that can damage your fabric, especially if left dirty.
  • Demands Care. Preferred not to be washed at home!
  • Perspiration and sunlight weakens and yellows silk fabrics. Garments worn next to the skin should be washed or otherwise cleaned after each wearing.

Silk Fabric is commonly used for

Nightgowns, lingerie, sarees, robes, evening wear, blouses, suits, sport coats, curtains, pillow ruffles, parachutes, bicycle tires, medical dressings.

3. Woolen Fabric


From various different types of fabrics, this fabric is naturally derived from the hairs of the animals such as sheep, camel, rabbit, ox, etc. The woolen fabric has natural waviness which is called crimps. The more the crimps, the more is the cloth’s ability to trap air.

The major highlights of woolen fabric

  • Ideal for winters due to its heat retention properties.
  • Crease resistant.
  • Good water repellent & Moisture absorbent.
  • Capable of stretching.
  • Can be dyed easily in different colours.
  • It is widely known for its durability.


Extraction Process of Woolen Fabrics


Issues with Woolen Fabric

  • Prone to Bubbles
  • They have a poor resistance to alkalis.
  • Cannot be worn in summers.
  • Some varieties of wool can be very itchy to the skin.

Woolen Fabric is commonly used for

Sweaters, socks, suits, pants, underwear, hats, gloves, other forms of cold-weather gear, carpets, firefighting gear, jackets, insulation.

4. Chiffon Fabric


The next types of fabric we are gonna discuss is Chiffon. Chiffon is derived from processing cotton, silk, rayon, polyester, & nylon. This fabric is very light & soft due to which it is also semi-transparent.

The major highlights of Chiffon Fabric

  • Chiffon fabric is highly breathable as it is very soft.
  • Also Semi- Transparent.
  • Lightweight texture.
  • Chiffon is flowy & drapey.
  • Chiffon made from silk also has a rich & shiny appearance.
  • Available in many forms & quality since it can be formed with either of fabrics (silk, polyester, rayon, nylon, etc)
  • Can be made in different prints.

Issues with Chiffon Fabric

  • Cannot retain heat. Extra caution needs to be taken while ironing.
  • Takes time in the process of dying.
  • For some of the dresses you might need to pair it with a slip.
  • Difficulty in sewing as it is very soft & slippery.
  • Another problem is that it is very delicate. Special care needs to be taken while using this fabric.

Chiffon Fabric is commonly used for

Evening wear, nightgowns, blouses, scarves, lingerie, ribbons, wedding dresses, sarees, suits.

5. Rayon Fabric

The next “Different type of fabric” I will elaborate upon is rayon. Rayon is semi-synthetic as though it is obtained naturally through wood pulp and agricultural products, but needs to be processed with a certain amount of chemicals to be used as a fabric. It’s other popular forms are viscose rayon, polynosic rayon. It is also referred to as artificial silk due to its texture & feel.

The major highlights of Rayon Fabric

  • It is one of the most versatile fabrics.
  • Rayon is moisture absorbent.
  • Known for its silk-like feel.
  • Easily dyed in various colours.
  • Ability to blend with various fabrics.
  • It is one of the inexpensive fabrics.
  • Drapes Beautifully.

Issues with Rayon Fabric

  • Not much durable and standard machine washing can cause it to stretch, shrink, or bleed.
  • One needs to take a lot of precautions while ironing Rayon as compared with cotton.
  • Low water resistance.
  • Moderate resistance to acid & alkalis.
  • Requires a lot of care.
  • Absorbs sweat, body oils which lead to the formation of rings and can only be removed when fully wet.
  • Spot treating can lead to permanent marking.
  • Frequent washes may damage the viscose-rayon due to its inability to withhold water. (It is therefore suggested to dry clean such fabrics)

Rayon Fabric is commonly used for

Crop tops, skirts, household textiles, nighties, shrugs, shorts.

6. Georgette Fabric

The sixth in the list of  “Different types of fabrics” is Georgette. Georgette can be further classified into two: Pure and Faux. Pure Georgette is known to be made of silk yarns, while Faux Georgette is made out of Rayon & Polyester.

The major highlights of Georgette Fabric

  • Georgette is a lightweight & easy to handle fabric.
  • Georgette is more durable and strong than various other fabrics like chiffon.
  • Highly absorbent.
  • Beautiful drapability.
  • Can be Dyed easily in any colour.
  • Comes in both translucent & opaque.
  • Georgette also comes in printed forms.
  • Gives a crushed & twisted feel.

Issues with Georgette Fabric

  • Has a dull rough appearance.
  • Needs to be washed with light detergents.
  • Pure Georgette can be quite expensive.

Georgette Fabric is commonly used for

Sarees, Strings, Home Decor, Waist belts, Bows, Scarves, Veils, Suits, Stockings, accessories for slips, Gowns & Dresses, Bridal Wear, Garments.

7. Crepe Fabric

Moving further, the next member in the list of “Different types of fabrics” is Crepe fabric. It is made from wool, silk, cotton, chiffon, rayon & other synthetic materials. It is known to be one of the thin fabrics which is different due to its wrinkled appearance & crinkled texture.

The major highlights of Crepe Fabric

  • Light & flowy texture.
  • Quite affordable.
  • Crepe is also versatile in terms of its wearability as it can be used in casuals as well as in various functions.
  • Provides a lot of comforts as the fabric is very airy.
  • Does not require much ironing.
  • Can be easily combined with various fabrics.
  • Synthetic crepe fabrics in some forms are durable.
  • Good in terms of draping.
  • Can be used in both summers & winters as it is combined with cotton & wool both.

Issues with Crepe Fabric

  • Cannot retain too much heat.
  • Involves a very elaborated process of weaving.
  • Garments made of crepe are delicate.

Crepe Fabric is commonly used for

Suits, Sares, Kurtis, Scarves, Shawls, Wraps, Dresses,  Eveningwear, Hats, Mourning Wear, Curtains.

8. Polyester Fabric

The next “Different type of fabric” is Polyester fabric. It is formed from polymers derived from fossil fuels (petroleum) or organic sources. To make polyester into fibers, the plastic is melt spun, meaning the plastic is heated and forced through spinnerets into fibers (a spinneret is essentially an industrial mechanism similar to a spider’s silk spinning organs). The fibers are stretched to five times their length, typically combined into yarn and then weaved or knitted into polyester fabrics.

The major highlights of Polyester Fabric

  • One of the most widely produced fabrics in the world.
  • Easy to clean
  • Quick Drying
  • As compared with cotton, polyester is stronger, with a greater ability to stretch.

Issues with Polyester Fabric

  • Medium heat retention
  • Not that good stretchability.
  • Is not environmentally friendly and can create pollution.

Polyester Fabric is commonly used for

Tops, Shirts, Pants, Hoodies, Dresses, Jackets, Underwear, Socks, Blankets, Hats, Sheets, Rope, Upholstery. Also used in industrial applications, Packaging.

9. Linen Fabric

The ninth type of fabric in the list of “Different types of fabrics” is Linen Fabric. It is another natural fabric. It is made from a fabric called flax plant. This derivation marks one of the very prominent differences between cotton & linen (as cotton is derived from cotton plant). It can be blended with polyester, cotton, rayon & others.

The major highlights of Linen Fabric

  • One of the oldest used fabrics.
  • Known for its durability & strength.
  • Is also available in printed forms.
  • It is also known for its thickness & crispness.
  • Soft & comfortable to wear.
  • Linen dries quickly as compared to cotton.
  • Ideal to be worn in hot & humid climates.

Issues with Linen Fabric

  • It is expensive as compared to cotton.
  • It cannot be stretched.
  • Manufacturing Linen takes much more time than cotton.

Linen Fabric is commonly used for

Bedding Materials, Dish Towels, Bath Towels, Wallpaper, Skirts, Shirts, Suits, Dresses, Luggage, Thread, Aprons, Bags, Napkins, Tablecloths, Diapers, Pants, Jackets, Blazers, Vests, and a wide variety of other casual and formal wear.

10. Denim Fabric

The next “Different type of fabric” that we are going to discuss is the Denim Fabric. Denim was traditionally woven purely with dyed cotton. Now it is even blended with polyester, to control shrinkage and wrinkles, and Lycra to add stretch. It is made with tight wrapping of threads. There are various variety & designs of fabric available as of today. Some of them include rugged denims, slim-fit denims, flared denims, raw denims, etc.

The major highlights of Denim Fabric

  • Strong & durable due to various twists.
  • Very breathable.
  • Not very expensive.

Issues with Denim Fabric

  • Stretchability low to medium. 
  • Wrinkles require ironing.

Denim Fabric is commonly used for

Tops, Jeans, Jackets, Shirts, Skirts, Belts, Shoes, Aprons, Duvets, etc.

Different Types of Fabrics | Seasonal Preference

Now that we know about various commonly used fabrics. Let’s look into which fabric can be preferably used in summers :-

Different Types Of FabricsMust Have In Summers Can be worn SometimesDo not wear them
Cotton Crepe

So the table above gives you the list of different types of fabrics that you can opt for while choosing the right dress for yourself in this summer 2020.

Hey, we are not done yet, let’s talk about the colours that you need to pick and let me tell you choosing the right colour in summer is one of the important aspects to keep in mind if you want to draw attention to yourself. Choosing light nude colours that gives relaxation to the eyes is what could be the best summer wear collection for your closets. Try to pick pastel shades that are trending in today’s time. Avoid wearing dark shades as they absorb a lot of heat and also, you don’t want to be standing out in the crowd ( with that I mean not looking attractive at all!)

Here’s some of the beautiful pastel shades that you can look for in designing your summer wear!:-

Beautiful Pastel Colours | Summer wear Shades

ShadesHow they look
Baby pinkBaby-Pink-shade
Lemon yellowLemon-yellow-shade
Spring GreenSpring-green-shade
Turquoise BlueTortquoise-blue-shade
Orange RedOrange-red-shade
Teal BlueTeal-Blue-Shade

These 10 colours are just given to give you a basic idea of what kind of colours that you may choose from!

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