Your Closet Cheat Sheet For What to Wear in Every Summer Climate

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Opening the weather app and immediately stressing over what to wear is a struggle we're all familiar with. Throw in travel plans to an unfamiliar climate and suddenly it's like a style puzzle we can't hack. Believe it or not, your next fashion dilemma can be easily addressed with one key element: fabric choice. Prepare to never utter the words "What do I wear?" again.

If you haven't heard of TENCEL™, it's time to get familiar, because it's the smart and sustainable solution to all-climate dressing. TENCEL™-branded fibers, including Lyocell and Modal, are responsibly produced from sustainable wood sources coming from sustainably managed forests, and incorporated into clothes from brands we all know and love. Eco-friendly factor aside, it's the comfort benefits of TENCEL™ Lyocell and Modal fibers specifically, like the enhanced breathability and cool and dry feel, that make them so ideal to wear no matter where you're traveling or what the temperature is.

So whether you're heading to the desert or staycationing in a humid city, we've put together the ultimate cheat sheet for TENCEL™ fiber made pieces you should wear to stay dry and comfortable. This is one revolutionary fiber you'll want in your closet this summer.

Hot & Dry
H&M

Hot & Dry

While in many ways dressing for a dry desert climate and dressing for the tropics might seem the same — high temps being the common denominator — there's one important distinction. Since the sunlight is so intense in areas like the desert, where there's less available shade, coverage from the sun is so important. But because you still want to keep cool, that's when breathable, light (in color and weight), and heat-managing clothing is key. TENCEL™ Lyocell fibers in particular offer impressive breathability and can actually help regulate your body temperature through efficient moisture-absorption properties. Opt to wear high-coverage pieces like long dresses, shirts, and trousers in light, earthy colors and billowy shapes — the last thing you want is clingy clothing.

This H&M Long Lyocell-Blend Dress ($29) features a relaxed fit and a voluminous shape to keep things easy and breezy.

Mother of Pearl

In addition to the breathable fabric blend, this Mother of Pearl Parker Stripe Shirt ($413) is incredibly versatile. Wear it alone as a dress, over pants or a swimsuit, or unbuttoned as a light layering piece.

Aritzia

Wide-leg trousers like this Wilfred Effortless Linen Pant ($148) are the epitome of luxe resort wear and look so sophisticated no matter how you style them. TENCEL™ Lyocell is the ideal fiber to blend with linen since it adds smoothness to the fabric for a more gentle touch. And thanks to the fabric, the pants will retain a flattering drape, plus a luxurious-looking sheen that will keep this rust color vibrant.

Scotch & Soda

While jackets may not be a necessity in hot, dry climates, it's always a good idea to have a light layering piece on hand. This Scotch & Soda Printed Scarf ($68) can serve as a shawl or a pool sarong in addition to a traditional scarf. The fabric composition ensures it remains extra soft (even after multiple washes) and comfortable next to the skin.

Hot & Humid
Dedicated

Hot & Humid

Now, to transition to the tropics (or, you know, any sticky city), ditch the coverage in favor of as little clothing as possible. We're talking bralettes, tube tops, lightweight shorts, and well-ventilated dresses. Here, TENCEL™ Lyocell fibers come in handy since they absorb moisture away from your body to help keep you cool and dry. And since there's less available moisture on the surface of these fibers, they help mitigate bacterial growth.

Bring the vacay vibes and tap into the coordinated-set trend at once with this Dedicated shirt ($55) and matching shorts ($79). When it's that humid out, you'll want to stick to shorts like these and avoid denim at all costs.

Reformation

Another thing you'll want to avoid if you can? Bras underneath tops. Instead of subjecting yourself to an extra layer of fabric, choose something like this Reformation Bambi Top ($38) that allows you to go bra-free. This is one of those rare instances in which going fitted over loose is better since it'll help lend support. Bonus: this color will look so good combined with the above matching set.

Stripe & Stare

OK, so while we've established that wearing bras underneath tops may not be the best move for humid weather, wearing bras as tops, on the other hand, is a big yes in our book. This Stripe & Stare T-Shirt Bra ($39) features such a feather-light touch against your skin, it'll feel like you're wearing nothing at all. Pair it with extra-high-waisted midi skirts, longer shorts, or loose trousers for an elevated look.

Mother of Pearl

If wearing black is your style MO no matter how high the temperature rises (New Yorkers, we're looking at you), choose something as simple and uncomplicated as possible, like a T-shirt dress. The fabric composition of this Mother of Pearl Farah Black Dress ($322) will help keep your body temperature regulated and any moisture under control in the heat, but it's the clever (and chic) back cutout that's the real winner.

Temperate
Ninety Percent

Temperate

Places with mild summer climates truly experience the best of both worlds, with warm days and cool nights. Because of this, layers are key, and dressing for day-to-night comes in handy. Look to soft sleeveless tops or dresses made with TENCEL™ as a base to keep you comfy and cool during the day, and never leave home without a cardigan or sweater for the evening.

A classic rib tank like the Ninety Percent Rib Tank Top by TENCEL™ ($57) is not only a warm-weather staple, but also the perfect layering piece. The slightly cropped and fitted cut makes it easy to tuck into high-waisted jeans or bottoms or under blazers or shirts.

Whistles

Speaking of high-waisted bottoms, a slinky midi skirt is the ideal day-to-night piece. This Whistles May Bias Cut Skirt ($179) will retain its flattering drape and smooth look and feel whether you're going from brunch to bar or desk to dinner.

Dedicated

This Dedicated jersey dress ($79) is easy, effortless, and versatile. It's seriously comfy enough to sleep in, but still stylish enough for wherever your day takes you. Style with sneakers or slides for day, and add gold jewelry and heeled sandals for night.

Aritzia

As your layering piece, a cardigan like the Wilfred Free Neptune Longsleeve ($58) is simple enough to work over anything. (The crew neck on this one specifically ensures it works well with the dress and rib tank above.) It's thin enough to stow in a bag or tie around your waist during the day, and the fabric will make it feel like a gentle, cozy hug at night.

Cool & Windy
Reformation

Cool & Windy

A marine West Coast climate may only be found in a small number of regions, but if you live in or are traveling to, say, Seattle or San Francisco, you might be in for a surprise. These places experience very cool summers (we're talking temps below 75 degrees on average) and are often windy, so dressing for warmth is a priority. Luckily, TENCEL™ Lyocell and Modal fibers offer the thermal regulation and cozy softness that will keep you comfortable through all the layers.

For a light and thin base layer, this Reformation Jackie Top ($58) isn't too thick, so you can wear it on its own or easily layered under a jacket.

Aritzia

For an outerwear piece, a trench coat is so versatile and travels exceptionally well. This Babaton Lawson Trench Coat ($248) will remain durable and smooth through anything. Plus, the relaxed silhouette leaves plenty of room for layering without looking bulky.

Scotch & Soda

Even though it's summer, wearing jeans in a cool and windy locale is totally normal — in fact, it's probably more normal than wearing shorts! TENCEL™ denim is not only a more sustainable option since it's produced with low amounts of water, but it's also incredibly comfortable because the durability, versatility, and smoothness of the fibers will allow you to move with ease. These Scotch & Soda Wide Legged Jeans ($178) combine that signature comfort with an on-trend silhouette.

Ninety Percent

For a non-denim option, you can't go wrong with these Ninety Percent Full Length Leggings by TENCEL™ ($57). You'll appreciate the superior comfort (including the smooth, gentle feel), breathability, and performance of the leggings whether you're getting active or lounging around.