By Griffin Bryan – 1851 Contributor
As spring rolls around and we begin unpacking our warm-weather clothes, we are often frightened to find a plethora of outdated garments hiding under our bed. It is essential to update our wardrobes if we hope to stay in fashion through the change in temperature. A terrific way to curate a unique style is by adding new fabrics to your collection. Here are four trending textiles that are sure to get you ready for the season.
Thermal: This textile is most often knit in a delicious manner with a waffle or honeycomb pattern. The tight weave of this fabric is designed to trap body heat in between the fibers. Thermal garments provide unrivaled and dynamic comfort during the unpredictable weather experienced in the spring. There is also the chance to create unique moments when layered underneath simple pieces such as shorts and tees.
Hand-knit: Inspired by the western world’s shift towards sustainability there has been a drastic increase in the number of handmade textiles circulating in the industry. These yarn-based weaves emulate the organic and natural elements of Mother Earth making them ideal for spring. handknits come in all shapes and sizes drawing on traditional techniques like crocheting. The implication of this material may just be what you need to perfect your style.
GORE-TEX: GORE-TEX is a proprietary material created to withstand the elements. This sleek and strong material sports both waterproofing and windproofing. The popularity of this textile has been driven by the rise of the Gorpcore aesthetic. The sturdy drape makes for a futuristic and technical look while providing amazing utility.
All-Over Prints: These novel patterns are a funky and fun way to liven up your wardrobe for the upcoming season. This textile is commonly used in conjunction with smooth materials such as silk and cotton. These patterns tend to reflect the elements that define spring, such as flowers, the sun and sugary treats. While it may be intimidating to wear such loud garments they are an awesome way to express yourself and practice confidence.
Regardless of the aesthetic or style you are attempting to achieve, exploring new materials is certain to breathe new life into your wardrobe.