Preferred button-up shirt material?

Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by amdi8, Oct 24, 2006.

  1. amdi8

    amdi8 Well-Known Member

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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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    Get Smart Don't Crink

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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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    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.
     
  6. amdi8

    amdi8 Well-Known Member

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    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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    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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