Differences in Popular T-Shirt Fabrics

The t-shirt is perhaps the most popular garment in North America. It’s functional, easy to manufacture, and provides a multitude of uses. It should be no surprise, then, that our tastes for t-shirts have expanded beyond the basic white undershirt. Once a piece of clothing that was strictly utilitarian, t-shirts have evolved significantly over the past few decades. Numerous high-end fashion designers have even adopted t-shirts into their mainline collections, seeing the casual garment as a venue for self-expression and the chance to play with different textiles, patterns, and designs. The material of a t-shirt is perhaps the most important characteristic of the garment. What good is a basic t-shirt if it isn’t comfortable to wear? Here are some of the most popular fabrics that t-shirts are constructed from.

Cotton is the most common material that clothing is made out of on the planet. Worldwide cotton production is a massive industry for good reason, and numerous varieties exist. Cotton is formed from the fluffy white innards of the seeds of the cotton plant. What separates the different varieties of cotton from one another is the length of the fibres produced by the plant. The longer the fibre, the softer and higher quality the cotton generally is. High end varieties of cotton like pima and sea island cotton are the finest cotton produced on the planet, but due to the complicated conditions in which these varieties are grown, they are more expensive than traditional cotton varieties. Most cotton is prized for its ease of production and moisture absorbent properties. Cotton fibres are also naturally breathable, allowing the wearer to have increased comfort while engaging in rigorous activity.

Polyester is another common material that t-shirts are made from. This anthropogenic material is prized for its softness, but it can be a poor fabric for breathability. Most inexpensive suits are made from polyester, which results in many complaining about them being “stuffy”. As a result, polyester is typically used in garments that aren’t 100% polyester. For example, American Apparel has produced a line of t-shirts known as their “50/50” line of t-shirts, aptly named for their composition: 50% cotton and 50% polyester. The mix of cotton and polyester can be seen as the perfect mix: the t-shirts have the best qualities of their component materials without the drawbacks because each material covers the other’s weaknesses. The cotton makes the t-shirt breathable, and the polyester makes them super soft.

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