When choosing a suit that can be worn in the warm tropical climate of Thailand, the first thing you should consider is the fabric. The general rule for choosing summer suits is to pick a fabric that is light and breathable. When a fabric is said to be “breathable,” it has a mesh that allows air to circulate to and from your body, regulating your temperature and giving your sweat a way to escape. However, you have to find the right balance between good looks and comfort, so you also have to consider the external appearance.
Here’s what you need to know about choosing the perfect fabric for a suit that won’t cause you to overheat during Thailand’s relentless summer months:
Fortunately, there is no shortage of suits made of light and breathable outer fabrics that will keep you cool, fashion-wise and temperature-wise in Thailand. One of these cool fabrics is wool. Wool allows your sweat to evaporate so that you don’t have to endure that sticky feeling. This keeps your body dry and comfortable. Wool suits are also lightweight and have a luxe appearance, making them popular among men. The downside of wool is that it creases easily and is more prone to tear than other kinds of textiles.
Cotton is another common fabric used for the exterior of suits. It absorbs the moisture of sweat although it does not let the moisture evaporate from the garment as quickly as wool does. Cotton may not be the best option if you intend to wear it to an event that will make you sweat profusely. Cotton is stiffer and more durable than wool, but its style may be too casual for formal occasions or business meetings.
If you need a breathable suit for a casual event that will not grow soggy with sweat as cotton does, then you may want to consider one with an external linen fabric. This type of suit is light and able to absorb moisture like cotton. Yet, it allows the sweat to evaporate quickly from the cloth, just like wool. This is why linen is a popular textile of choice for curtains, sheets, and even suits during the summer time. Nevertheless, it wrinkles easily like wool. There are linen suits blended with wool or cotton that you can use if you want to avoid creases on your suit.
Among suit fabrics, microfiber is the least attractive option to wear in the summer heat of Thailand. It traps heat and becomes soggy with sweat. That being said, you can opt for microfibre suits made with a mix more breathable textiles such as wool if you need an affordable suit for a formal event you have to attend.
Aside from having a breathable but attractive external fabric, your summer suit that should also have breathable inner fabric. It is the inner fabric which will determine how comfortable you will feel since it is the one that is in contact with your skin all the time. There are two breathable inner fabrics from which you can choose: silk and cupro.
Silk feels smooth, silky, and light. It is cool to the touch as it does not trap body heat in the same way that microfiber does. However, it can become soggy and feel sticky when saturated with sweat just like cotton. It’s also vulnerable to damage and expensive.
A more effective and economical alternative to silk is cupro, which is also known by its brand name called Bemberg. Cupro is smooth and light like silk, but it has micropores that allow sweat to evaporate quickly from the inside of your suit. It is much more durable than silk.
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