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Preferred button-up shirt material?

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It seems that most button-up shirts are made out of 100% cotton, but a few have some synthetic materials mixed in as well.

What's the advantage of non-cotton materials? They felt just like some cotton shirts (which can vary a lot in their feel). Should I stick to 100% cotton?
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For white shirts, I've always liked linen. I love the casual texture of the fabric.
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In my experience the synthetic blends can pill, especially in the collar. Pure cotton doesn't have this problem. Cotton for me.
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I like a nice oxford cloth for long sleeve buttondowns. For short sleeved buttondowns, I don't mind a 60/40 cotton/poly mix, but prefer 100% cotton
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Originally Posted by amdi8
What's the advantage of non-cotton materials?

I believe that some non-cotton materials are added to shirts to add wrinkle resistance. Personally I think I'd choose a wrinkle resistant 100% cotton shirt because to me they still feel better than a cotton/synthentic blend shirt.

I also really like linen and cotton/linen blends but I put them in a different area than a pure cotton shirt.
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Originally Posted by DMcG
Personally I think I'd choose a wrinkle resistant 100% cotton shirt because to me they still feel better than a cotton/synthentic blend shirt.

That makes sense. How do you know which 100% cotton shirts are wrinkle resistant though? Are they labeled somehow, or do you have to go by feel?
Thanks.
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Originally Posted by amdi8
That makes sense. How do you know which 100% cotton shirts are wrinkle resistant though? Are they labeled somehow, or do you have to go by feel?
Thanks.

They'll be labled as its a big selling point to the lazy folk like myself. A lot of times brands will have their own special designation for wrinkle resistant. For example Nordstrom calls their shirts "smart-care". There's also a big difference in the feel of the cloth between different wrinkle resistant clothes. My John W. Nordstrom smartcare shirt has a much softer fabric than my Nordstrom smart-care shirt but its also more expensive. Some people don't like the way that the fabric in wrinkle resistant shirts feels, but it doesn't bother me at all.
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