Even though I live in paradise, the summer evenings along the waterfront require you to wear a jacket or a light weight coat, as the cool ocean breezes blow across the Pacific.
But the jacket or coat must be in a light weight fabric and it must feel summery. Nothing grey or black here, something fresh and floral that reminds us of the beautiful gardens here on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada.
One of the features that I always include in my designs are pockets. Pockets have so many great functions and today with our smart phones in tow 24/7, we need a place to put those things immediately.
So my pockets on my outwear garments are always large enough so that you can slip your phone right into your pocket for easy access, yet deep enough for safety precautions.
Great summer fabrics for a coat or a jacket would include linens, cotton sateens, silk and light weight poly cotton blends.
Just be careful to make sure that the poly content is very low, because polyester does not breath. It does not keep you warm or cool as it is a man made fabric.
Polyester is a synthetic fibre derived from coal, air, water, and petroleum. Developed in a 20th-century laboratory, polyester fibres are formed from a chemical reaction between an acid and alcohol.
In this reaction, two or more molecules combine to make a large molecule whose structure repeats throughout its length. Polyester fibres can form very long molecules that are very stable and strong.
Polyester is used in the manufacture of many products, including clothing, home furnishings, industrial fabrics, computer and recording tapes, and electrical insulation.
Polyester has several advantages over traditional fabrics such as cotton. It does not absorb moisture, but does absorb oil; this quality makes polyester the perfect fabric for the application of water-, soil-, and fire-resistant finishes.
Your best bet is to always try to buy natural fibres as they will last you for years, if not decades when cared for properly.
The other feature to look for in a coat or a jacket is one that is fully lined. Now most garments today are lined in 100% polyester, so it really doesn’t make a difference if your coat or jacket is a natural fibre, so just be aware of that.
A great lining fabric to use in the summer time is a cotton shirting fabric. This light-weight cotton fabric has a 3% spandex woven into the fibre, which gives you that additional comfort.
I often share this great tip with my clients on how to save their underarms inside their coat or jacket from staining or a distinctive smell.
Simply place a ‘Panty Liner’ with a peel-off strip on each underarm in your coat or jacket, to protect your garment from perspiration stains.
That way you will not be laundering it as often, and it will prolong the use of your garment.