By Osman Ahmed

There’s a new clutch of synthetic fabrics light and airy enough for summer – and many come with clever sustainability credentials, too.

There is no such thing as bad weather, only unsuitable clothes,” wrote the British fell-walker Alfred Wainwright. Some choices are obvious: trench coats for spring showers; cashmere for autumn winds; chunky knits for winter chill. How about synthetics for summer sun? Yes, really.


For many designers, the game-changer is Econyl, a nylon regenerated from discarded fishing nets and carpets. It may not have the same ring as Egyptian cotton, but the quality is on a par.


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