To the untrained eye, lining in garments like jackets, pants, skirts, and even blouses might seem like nothing more than a waste of fabric and a way to make the numbers on the price tag bigger. Still, as any clothing designer or manufacturer would confirm, linings have their purpose – and it’s more than simply making clothes more expensive.
For one, linings are great when it comes to hiding the inner seams of a garment. While it isn’t such an important thing in skirts or blouses, other garments, like jackets or coats, are expected to be taken off in social situations. Taking them off would reveal unsightly seams if there were no linings to keep the seams out of sight.
Linings can also give some structure to garments made out of lighter materials. If you like the looks and the texture of a material, but you’re not happy with the way it drapes, using a lining with the desired drape can make the garment look exactly like you want it to. Also, garments from smooth materials will be easier to put on and take off, because the lining reduces friction between the jacket and other clothing items you are wearing.
In certain situations, linings can protect your garments by keeping sweat away from the outer fabric. While this can look like a purely esthetic role, keep in mind that the sweat can actually damage the outer fabrics, and while it might be next to impossible, and very unhealthy, to stop yourself from sweating, a lining can prolong your garment’s life cycle by protecting it. Linings can also protect you from static electricity, as well, as they can be made from materials that prevent it from building up.
As you can see, linings play an important part in how the garment looks, feels, and how long it lasts. So, the next time you’re thinking the added price for a garment with lining isn’t worth it, keep in mind that linings make clothes last longer, look more beautiful, and be easier to wear. And if given a choice between an item with lining and one without, always go with the one with lining. It’s worth it.