1. Style Advice
  3. Fabric Material for Shirting - Fabric Material Shirts
What is the best material for shirts?
As a rule of thumb, shirt fabric should be made of 100% natural fibers like cotton, linen, wool, or a blend of these. Pure cotton is probably the most popular material. Sea Island Cotton, as well as Egyptian cotton, are considered to be the best raw cotton material since they have the longest fibers, and so make the best yarns. In addition to the raw material, there are two other criteria which are used incorrectly most of the time, the first being the term “two ply” and the second “Super 100’s, 120’s…220’s.”

 Popular Shirt Fabrics

• Shirts are made from many different types of fabrics. It is helpful to know a bit about the materials before buying because each fabric. Additionally, know when to wear each type of fabric material shirt in order to stay prepared for the environment.

Cotton Shirts

• Cotton is the most popular fabric material shirt. Cotton is soft, sturdy, and breathable. It is also very affordable. Cotton does wrinkle, so remove from the dryer immediately to prevent this. Cotton is ideal for everyday wear and is casual. Several types of cotton are used in apparel, and each one slightly differs.

Combed Cotton Shirts

• Slightly more expensive than basic cotton, combed cotton is extremely soft. It is made by specially treating the cotton fibres before spinning them into yarn. To do this, fine brushes are used to get rid of short strands and straighten fibres. The outcome is a stronger, smoother fabric material shirt.

Organic Cotton Shirts

• Organic cotton is grown using methods that do not greatly impact the environment. For example, organic cotton production maintains soil fertility and reduces the need for fertilizers and pesticides. Because of the strict growing methods, organic cotton is more expensive than regular cotton; however, it is very soft to the touch.

Pima/Supima Cotton Shirts

• Considered the highest quality cotton available, pima cotton is made from extra long fibres. These long fibres make the cotton extremely soft and durable. Supima cotton is the same as
pima cotton
in texture; it just refers to 100 per cent

American grown pima cotton

. These cottons resist pilling, fading, and stretching, even after multiple washings. In fact, with each washing, the cotton becomes softer.

Slub Cotton Shirts

• Slub cotton appears to have slight lumps in the fabric material shirt. This is due to the process prior to weaving the cotton where the cotton is twisted, creating irregular twists. The result is a unique fabric with texture to it. Slub shirts are light and airy and do not cling to the body. Because the fabric naturally looks textured, there is no need to iron, because it is not designed to look flat.
• Linen
• Shirts are also made from linen. Linen is made from the flax plant and has a textured weave. It is lightweight, breathable, and moisture-wicking, making it a good choice for summer wear. By the very nature of the fabric material shirt, it is stronger when damp. With repeated washings, it gets softer and softer. The only downside to choosing
a linen shirt
is that it wrinkles easily and often requires ironing.

Lycra Shirts

• Shoppers often hear the term lycra; however, this is the brand name for the material known as spandex. Spandex, or lycra, is a stretchy material that is often added to shirts to give them a little more "give". This material is most often found in athletic apparel since it allows for easy movement.
• Polyester
• Polyester is an extremely strong fabric that has many advantages. It is quick drying, does not mould or mildew, and is very easy to machine wash and dry. After repeated wear and washings, it retains its shape and resists shrinking or stretching. Thus, it is an excellent material often seen in athletic apparel.
• Rayon
• Created as a more affordable alternative to silk, rayon is a man-made fibre created from trees, cotton, and plants. It is woven or knitted into a silky, breathable fabric, and is often found in athletic wear. It drapes easily, is simple to dye, and is extremely absorbent. However, it does not hold up well over prolonged wear; it tends to become yellowed and pilly. Rayon also wrinkles easily.
• Modal
• A form of rayon made from beechwood plant fibres, it has a beautiful drape and a slinky feel. Modal is soft and breathable. It is cool to the touch and dries quickly when wet, making it perfect for summer wear. It is shrink-resistant and fade-resistant. It stays soft and does not pill quickly, in contrast to regular rayon.

• Blends

• Often, shirts are a combination of two or three materials. A very popular example is a cotton and polyester blend. By combining these two fabrics, the best qualities from both result. This blend remains cool and lights from the cotton fibres, yet it also has the strength and wrinkle-resistance of polyester.

What material is a shirt made out of?

Combed cotton: Fine brushed are used to eliminate short strands and straighten fibers, making the fabric stronger, softer and smoother. Jersey: A stretchy knit typically made from cotton or a synthetic blend, it's very flexible and comfy.