Best Fabrics for Men's Summer Sweaters
By Kenneth Ho
, last updated May 26, 2011
A sweater in the summertime might seem out of place, but given the right circumstances, they can be worn comfortably. Late in the day, when the sun hangs low in the sky and it's windy outside, you might find yourself wanting to put on a light sweater. "Light" is the operative word here. Most men don't want to be out and about feeling sweaty and hot. Soft, light fabrics are best when it comes to the dog days of summer.
When it comes to men, perhaps the best fabric is cotton. It is light enough to be worn without being a nuisance. The better versions might be the loose-knit cotton sweaters. This will allow more air to pass through the sweater. Wearering a sweater that breathes is one way of staying cool. Tight-knit sweaters, conversely, prevent air from passing through. That will trap heat. Cotton is easy to wear and rather durable. Rolling up your sleeves is another summer tendency. With cotton you will not have to fear ruining the shape of the sweater.
Cashmere is a great choice, particularly when it's featherweight. Cashmere can be very warm, but if you find one that isn't super heavy, you'll have a sweater that is soft, light, and doesn't trap heat like wool. Cashmere can be a more delicate fabric. The ease of wearing clothes in the summer, as opposed to the harsh conditions of winter, can be one way of using that cashmere sweater. When it's gusting and snowing outside, it's unlikely you'll opt for cashmere over wool.
Another fabric that works in summer is rayon. Rayon sweaters tend to be thin and soft, making it one of the better options for summer wear. Like silk it can be feel both light and warm at the same time. Snagging can be an issue. Be careful if you find yourself walking through the woods with a rayon sweater. Other than that, you should be fine.