You walk into a store to peruse the latest tops and dresses
on the racks. But as you're looking through, what makes you
decide whether you want something? For most of us --
besides the obvious factors of price and design -- it's simply
how the fabric feels and looks. So how much do you really
know about the most popular fabrics being used today?
Here's a breakdown of the 7 most common natural and
synthetic fabrics in your clothing -- from what they're made
of, to why we love them, and why we don't.
Cotton is the best-selling fabric in the United States, and one
of the best-selling in the world. It's naturally derived from
the cotton plant, which is exceptionally durable. It can travel
thousands -- yes, thousands -- of miles by wind, even across
the ocean. As a result, it is a common fabric all across the
globe. Fun fact: did you know that cotton is used in the
production of U.S. money (75% of the bill!), and also
Why we love it: Cotton is literally the "fabric of our lives."
It's durable, soft and comfortable. It breathes well and is a
part of our daily lives. It's extremely easy to take care of
and good for the environment.
What we're not crazy about: Cotton will wear down over time,
losing shape and color after a certain number of washes.
Linen is a natural fabric derived from the flax plant -- similar
to flax seeds. It has been used for thousands of years,
traced back to the Ancient Egyptians who used it for
Why we love it: It's cool and lightweight, perfect for summer
months. It breathes well and while it's casual, has a certain
elegance about it.
What we're not crazy about: Have you ever worn linen that
didn't wrinkle in about 30 seconds? If so, please tell us your
secret. This fabric wrinkles so fast that it's literally alarming.
Whenever possible, hang your linen clothes, don't fold!
Polyester was created in 1951, and was hailed as a miracle
textile. It's technically composed of polyethylene
terephthalate, in which condensation polymers combine to
create synthetic fibers. It's made through the linking of
several esters, which are formed by a reaction between
alcohol and carboxylic acid. It is generally manufactured
Why we love it: It's extremely durable, and can be worn over
and over again without losing its color or shape. As a
synthetic fabric, it's easy to care for and doesn't easily
What we're not crazy about: It doesn't "breathe" like cotton
or linen, and can be itchy. It's also not biodegradable -- so
those who are environmentally-conscious will want to steer