Modestly hot

At first glance, it might seem like the only way to stay cool as the heat keeps cranking up this summer is to sacrifice modesty. Surely, the best way to stay cool is to have as much skin as possible exposed to dissipate heat? You’d think so, but you’d be wrong. Think about it – picture the styles and garments of people who live in the hottest places in the world. Are people in desserts likely to be walking around with only the barest minimum covered up? Doesn’t the idea of desert fashion conjure up images of long, flowing robes with light weights and even lighter colours?

It might be surprising, but fuller coverage in hot, sunny weather can actually be a lot healthier and cooler than maximising exposed skin. The important thing is making sure you choose the right fabric.

If you are a fabric purist, then cotton remains the queen of summer fabrics. She’s affordable, but never looks cheap, and widely available in a staggering variety of styles and colours. She does wrinkle very easily, but if you blend just a little polyester into her, you’ll forget you even have an ironing board. But, if you are prone to perspiration, cotton can be uncomfy because it absorbs a lot of moisture and can become very heavy as a result. It is important to make sure that you get the right weave in order to avoid this.By using a muslin cotton weave, our Elana wrap dress helps cotton to show only her best side, staying cool but also light and comfy.

Another top contender for the title of top summer fabric is linen. It is highly breathable and absorbs a lot of moisture but also dries quickly, and its slight stiffness keeps it from sticking to your skin. Linen is also a great high-quality material for bed sheets and pillowcases, helping to keep you cool on those stickly summer nights. When it comes to looking stylish in linen, we suggest our Taylor  linen suit.

When it comes to staying cool, the right fabric in the right weave can make all the difference in the world. The right fabric not only protects you from the sun, but can also help keep you dry and cool while everyone around you is dripping in sweat. We at Zynah have always believed that modesty doesn’t have to be sacrificed for style – this summer, it doesn’t have to be sacrificed for comfort either. 

Love always,


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