Merino wool is one of the warmest fabrics out there. But yet you will see many people recommend that you should wear merino wool in the summer. Why is this the case?
By the end of this post, you would know about the benefits of wearing a merino wool garment in the summer; exactly what merino clothes you should wear in order to remain cool; and what are the wool pieces that you should avoid if you don’t want to melt like a popsicle.
But first things first. Can merino wool be worn in the summer?
Merino wool can definitely be worn in the summer. Its breathable nature ensures that the sweat from your skin is evaporated almost instantly. This process lowers the body temperature of the wearer, and thus merino wool makes you feel cooler in the summer.
If a merino wool outfit is properly styled and curated, I have no qualms in saying that it is going to look 10x better than a cotton-only outfit.
Benefits Of Wearing Merino Wool In The Summer
There are a number of benefits to wearing merino wool in the summer. Some of them include but are not limited to:
Merino Wool Is Odor Resistant
One of the greatest properties of merino wool is that it is odor-resistant. You can literally wear it 20 times in a row without washing and nobody would be able to tell the difference. This is the reason that merino wool is considered to be *the* fabric for hiking and camping.
Heck, merino wool gives no odor even if it gets wet.
And this property of merino garments also comes in quite handy in the summertime, when all of us are sweating like pigs. There are very few clothes that can be worn twice in a row in the summers without being washed thoroughly, and merino wool pieces are the leader in this race.
Merino Wool Keeps You Cool
I know this sounds weird, but trust me when I say that merino wool is both one of the warmest and the coolest fabrics that I have ever worn. The reason merino wool is able to keep you cold in the summers is because of its breathability and moisture-wicking abilities.
The fibers of merino wool are really fine, and they do a great job of drawing sweat from your body and letting it evaporate. By doing so, they are able to regulate the temperature of your body and keep you feeling cold and light in the warmest of summer afternoons.
Merino Wool Is Incredibly Light Weight
Merino wool’s fibers are very fine, and this reflects in the entire fabric. The garments made from this fabric are incredibly lightweight, which is a must for summer.
While merino wool is the lightest wool, it is also lighter than some of the heavy-duty cotton clothing out there. Here’s a small task for you. Take any polo shirt that you own in one hand and a merino wool shirt in the other.
You would be able to realize in an instant that the polo shirt is heavier. And yet more people wear polo shirts in the summer rather than wearing shirts made from merino wool.
Merino Wool Looks Amazing
One of the main functions of clothing is making you look good. And merino wool excels in this department. It is available in a wide range of colors, fits, and designs; so there’s something for everyone over here.
Merino wool has this unique texture that adds another layer to an outfit, and it is both pleasing to the touch and pleasing to the eyes. This effect also becomes enhanced in the summer, as there is really no other summer fabric that has such a unique and distinctive textured look.
And add to that the fact that not many people wear merino wool in the summer, so you would easily manage to stand out in a crowd. In a sea of cotton T-shirts, a lightweight well-fitted merino wool shirt is definitely going to make a mark.
Merino Wool Garments To NOT Wear In The Summer
While it is important to know what merino wool garments can be worn in the summer, it is actually more important to know what merino wool garments to avoid in the summer season. Here’s a small checklist.
- Any extremely thick or heavy duty merino wool sweaters.
- Merino wool hoodies.
- Woolen beanies and hats.
- Merino wool coats.
While merino wool is a cool and breathable fabric, all these garments are specifically made for the winter season, and thus are not a great choice for the peak summer season.
How To Style Merino Wool In The Summer
Styling merino wool in the summer is actually very simple.
First, get the right pieces. I am talking about merino wool shirts, full-sleeved t-shirts, and lightweight sweaters depending on how hot it gets in your city. Make sure that you get them in solid colors.
You can go for neutrals (black, grey, cream), but in the summers, I like my clothes to be a bit more “poppy” because of the lack of layering opportunities.
Pair your tops with jeans and chinos. All colors of trousers would work fine unless they are completely outlandish.
However, make sure that your sweaters don’t pill, otherwise it is going to take away the oomph from your outfit.
Merino wool is a great fabric for the summers. Due to the fine nature of merino wool fibers, it is easily able to wick away the sweat and moisture of your body. This reduces the temperature of the body, and allows one to feel cool and light in the summers.
And since most people shy away from wearing it in the summer season, you would manage to stand out and attract a bunch of compliments. Now, who doesn’t love that?
My name is Alex Higson and I am the founder of Magic Of Clothes. I have worked in the fashion industry for many years, and clothes and style are a huge part of my life.