Cotton is soft and comfortable. Its ability to ‘breathe’ by absorbing and releasing perspiration quickly. It’s a high quality fabric, can withstand high heat and lasts for years.
Unfortunately cotton wrinkles, and 100% cotton garments must be ironed regularly to keep their appearance.
Cotton will shrink the first time it is washed; although some cotton clothes come pre-shrunk it is important to check this out.
Lower quality cottons are prone to pilling.
Viscose is actually a type of rayon, even though “viscose,””viscose rayon,” and “rayon” are often used interchangeably. Viscose has a silky appearance and feel; it breathes like cotton and has a good ‘drape.’ It’s relatively light, resulting in lightweight clothing. Its main drawback is that it wrinkles very easily.
Polyester is the cheapest fabric, but current polyester fabrics have a reasonably nice feel. Its best property is that it’s strong and resistant to creasing, thus polyester garments keep their shape quite well.
100% polyester fabrics (like the top above) are actually quite soft and smooth.
Silk is made from the fibers of the cocoon of the Chinese silkworm. It is spun into a smooth, shiny and sleek fabric. Silk absorbs moisture, which makes it cool in the summer and warm in the winter – and it’s this high level of absorbency that means it can be dyed many different colors.
It feels quite luxurious! Silk retains its shape, drapes well and caresses the figure.
Wool actually comes from a variety of animal coats. It is warm; it breathes, and if cared for properly, looks fabulous.