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Is linen cooler than silk?

Hi there,

I have a special event coming up and I'm trying to decide what type of fabric to wear for my outfit. I live in a hot and humid climate, so I'm looking for a fabric that will keep me cool and comfortable throughout the day. I'm torn between linen and silk - I know that both fabrics are known for their breathability, but I'm not sure which one will be cooler to wear.

I've worn silk before and it felt nice and lightweight against my skin, but I've also heard that linen is a great option for warm weather. I just don't have any personal experience with it.

So, my question is, in your opinion, is linen cooler than silk? Which fabric do you prefer to wear in hot weather and why? I appreciate any insight you can provide!

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Personally, I feel that silk is cooler to wear than linen, at least in my experience. I agree that linen is breathable and allows air to flow through, but I find that silk is a bit more luxurious and comfortable against the skin. Silk keeps you cool because it is a natural protein fiber that has moisture-wicking properties. It wicks away moisture from the skin, and you don't feel like you're stuck to your clothes.

In contrast, I find that linen can be a bit scratchy and rough to the touch, which can be a bit uncomfortable for some people. In my experience, linen wrinkles more easily than silk, which can be a bit of a hassle when you're trying to maintain a sharp look. Overall, it depends on personal preference and what you find most comfortable to wear.


As someone who lives in a hot and humid climate, I would say that linen is cooler than silk. I've worn both fabrics in warm weather, and while silk is certainly breathable, it doesn't have the same level of airflow as linen. Linen is a natural fiber that allows for air to circulate around your body, which helps to keep you cooler.

I also find that linen is more absorbent than silk, which can be a good thing when you're dealing with sweat. Silk tends to show sweat more than linen, which can be a bit embarrassing if you're trying to maintain a polished appearance.

Overall, I prefer linen to silk for hot weather clothing. It feels lightweight, breathable, and comfortable - everything you want in a summer fabric!


Living in a place with hot and humid temperatures most of the year, I prefer to wear linen over silk. While silk has its benefits, such as a luxurious feel and a moisture-wicking property, linen is more practical and comfortable in tropical climates.

Linen is highly absorbent and breathable and allows air to circulate naturally, making it ideal for hot and humid conditions. It also dries quickly, which prevents any sweat from lingering on the skin. I find that linen garments are less clingy and more comfortable than silk, which can be quite slippery and sometimes heavy.

Linen also has a unique texture and appearance that makes it look casual yet put-together, perfect for any summer events. I do agree that linen tends to wrinkle easily, but it's something I can overlook given the overall comfort and style it provides.


As someone who lives in a tropical climate, I have to say that both linen and silk have their advantages and disadvantages when it comes to keeping cool. Silk may feel soft and luxurious, but it can also cling to your skin and make you feel sweaty. Linen, on the other hand, is more lightweight and allows for air to circulate around your body, but it can also wrinkle easily and become stiff.

Personally, I prefer to wear lightweight cotton fabrics in hot weather, as they strike a nice balance between breathability and comfort. However, if I had to choose between linen and silk, I would probably go with linen. I find that linen garments are more versatile and can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion. Plus, I love the way that linen looks and feels - it has a rustic, natural quality that I really appreciate.

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