How to Rock French Terry This Summer
By Space Coast Daily // August 30, 2022
French terry is making a comeback this summer. Vogue reported that the plush terrycloth look is one of the most popular fabric trends to grace the runway for the summer 2022 season. But this fabric isn’t just for the elite. It’s a super accessible material you probably already have hidden in your closet.
The easiest way to describe french terry is a regular terrycloth bath towel. It’s cotton, water absorbent, and soft against your skin. Imagine if one side was flat and smooth, rather than both sides of the material being fluffy and textured. You probably already have a sweatshirt or joggers in your closet made from french terry.
This fabric is light and breathable, making it the perfect layer to throw on to enjoy some summer fun. Here’s some outfit inspiration to help you rock french terry this summer.
Layered Athleisure Wear
French terry is the perfect material to layer over your workout look. It’ll add just the right amount of warmth for those early morning runs or driving to your fitness class at six am. Once your warm, throw it to the side and get your sweat session in. Try pairing it with a trendy shortsie (or biker short unitard). It’ll provide an easy breezy layer you can pop back on after you cool down. Run to the grocery store or grab a coffee. Everyone will be envious of your sporty style.
Catch Some Rays at the Beach
This chic 70s resort wear style is making a comeback for summer 2022. Initially, wealthy travelers sported french terry while visiting the French Riveria, wearing the textured side on the outside of the garment. Brands are incorporating this fun fabric in various items, including swimsuits. Frankie’s Bikin’s even launched an adorable french terry dress that makes the perfect cover-up.
Or, if you’re feeling more casual, a french terry cardigan can be the perfect layer to cuddle up in once the sun goes down and you start to feel the breeze off the ocean. But terrycloth bikinis are having a moment this summer, so why not go for it and add some texture to your beach day look.
Any sailor needs an adorable hat to keep the sun off their face while they enjoy the salty sea air. Why not try a french terry bucket hat? These are making a splash this summer in a variety of colors and styles. Try pairing it with a cute matching crop top and shorts.
Cuddle Up by the Campfire
Long summer nights mean camping trips with friends and making smores by the fire. Keep the mosquitos away by throwing on a pair of french terry joggers with a matching hoodie. The material is breathable enough that you won’t overheat but can still keep the chill off your skin. You’ll be able to share stories and laugh all night long while you cuddle into your soft french set – it’s so comfy you may as well just sleep in it.
Style a Monochromatic 3-Piece Set
Combine two of this summers hottest trends by creating a monochrome look in a luxe french terry set. The texture of the terrycloth helps break up the monotony of a monochromatic look to draw the eye up and elongate your body.
These modern sets aren’t the Juicy Couture tracksuits of the early 2000s. Although Millenial style is making a comeback, why not go vintage? Try an updated version that fits slightly baggier and features a button-down style shacket worn with loose pants and a bralette. This casual look will have you looking effortlessly cool at brunch.
Dress it Up
French terry is typically used in athleisure wear, but why not mix it up this summer. While the fabric is probably still too casual to wear to your sister’s wedding – a stylish french terry midi dress can make a chic dinner date ensemble. Pick a cut that’s a little more romantic, maybe a mermaid with a wide ruffle along the bottom.
Dress up your french terry midi with gold hoops and bangles. Or try a sleek and fitted french terry midi and pair it with some slides. These dresses help elevate french terry and bring it from day to night. You’ll turn heads when you walk into the restaurant, and your date will surely notice.
Keep it Casual
The best part about french terry is how comfortable it is for everyday wear. Lounge sets are the perfect work-from-home ensemble. You’ll feel like you’re still in your pj’s, but you’ll look put-together enough to hop on a zoom call. Try a comfy shortsie set in french terry with a delicate zipper down the front. It’s all one piece, so you won’t have to worry about finding a shirt to match. Just throw it on and get your work done in style.