Your wardrobe should be functional, it has to be your style and fit your life. The ultimate goal is to have clothes you love wearing, which go together seamlessly, that are beautiful and versatile, but practical at the same time. Items you wear for a long time, which you don’t want to throw out after a season because they fell apart. The basis of quality articles of clothing is the fabric! I have quite a strict clothing buying policy, practical consideration to emotional want but the first thing is the fabric, if it’s not good quality then I don’t buy it. So how do you know which fabric to choose? Which fabric to buy and which to avoid?
In most cases natural fabrics are far superior to synthetic ones but they aren’t perfect – it’s the combination of feel, longevity, practicality, and personal preference along with caring for your item. Not forgetting the financial investment which means that natural fabrics might be more expensive at purchase but you will pay much more for bad quality as the life of your synthetic garment will be far less.
Incredibly warm, yet light at the same time, cashmere is expensive but absolutely worth it. It’s an investment garment, the cost per wear will be much lower than less expensive fabrics as your cashmere will article will wear well for many years. Don’t forget cashmere is delicate and requires special care, washing by hand with a specialized detergent and drying it on a flat surface – never hang your cashmere always fold your garments.
Natural, luxurious, lightweight, delicate but strong are the adjectives to describe silk. The epitome of luxury and lavishness for centuries, this fabric gives off the air of opulence. As with all high quality fabrics, you must launder silk with definite care and specific detergent.
A fine quality, lightweight cotton is a breathable fabric as it’s a natural fibre. Cotton absorbs moisture rather than repelling and irritating your skin. Depending on weave it’s soft, flexible, static free and quite low maintenance. Cotton can shrink in hot water so wash at a low temperatures or in cold water.
Linen is the ultimate fabric for summer because of its luster of sheen, drape and continued freshness, it’s the most widely used fabric in hot / warm climates around the world. Remember this natural fabric creases, so it needs ironing.
Incredibly durable, leather it’s absolutely worth investing your money in. Shoes, belts and handbags all should be quality made articles….. always treat leather articles before the first use and have a regular maintenance routine.
Wool has many benefits, a great insulator, it keeps your body warm, it’s water-resistant but breathable, lightweight and certain types can be very soft. But some wool can irritate more sensitive skin and particular wool types can be a little scratchy on your skin. It also requires gentle washing, flat drying and folded storing.
While synthetic materials – think polyester, acrylic, nylon, acetate, PU or faux leather are all man made from oil and coal and treated with hundreds of chemicals during the production process. They aren’t breathable or biodegradable, being water-resistant they don’t absorb sweat, feeling like plastic on the skin and have constant static electricity. These garments tend not to wear well and fall apart sooner than their naturally sourced counterparts.
Next time you see a beautiful garment check the label for the list components, do your research so you can make an informed choice what to spend your money on. Remember satin, chiffon, velvet, crepe, taffeta, velour aren’t actual fabrics, there simply types of weaves or finishes that can constructed of natural or synthetic materials.
Heading to your closet to throw out everything that’s not a natural fibre isn’t a good idea. You won’t suddenly develop a toxic reaction to synthetically made clothing. With gentle laundering and care some of items might serve you well, along side your clothing made of natural quality fibres. When replacing or shopping for new items you can make enlightened and educated decisions, knowing that quality is essential and important to you.