When it comes to choosing company shirts, one of the the first decisions is whether to go with polyester or cotton fabric. Moisture-wicking polyester shirts have been growing in popularity recently but for a lot of folks, the feel of cotton next to your skin is still the best. It all comes down to personal preference, and what works best for you.
The decision to go with cotton instead of a synthetic material may be a gut reaction based on personal preference, but there are many very real advantages to cotton in terms of durability, ease of cleaning, and comfort. According to the Cotton Council International:
- Cotton is hypoallergenic and dust-mite resistant, which is beneficial to those with allergies or skin sensitivities.
- Cotton helps to remove and absorb body moisture, drawing heat away from the skin keeping it cool and dry. Cotton is a breathable fabric.
- Cotton is long-lasting, which in important if your company is providing shirts as uniforms and needs something durable that won't need to be replaced frequently.
- Cotton is the only fiber that becomes stronger when wet. It can endure high temperatures and be sterilized. It can also be coated with flame resistant substances.
- It's an ideal fabric when you need a wash and wear garment.
All of these factors have helped make cotton shirts a classic choice for company uniforms.
So what are my favorite cotton polo shirts? Well, my favorite for every day wear is the K800 100% cotton polo - which is a lovely pique knit (slightly mesh surface texture). It's definitely a step up from everyday quality. And for those who appreciate the smoothest, softest fabrics, I love, love, love the feel of the 100% long-staple Peruvian Pima cotton interlock knit of our D140 polo. You can't go wrong with either choice. Stop by our showroom to touch and feel the difference -- you can't tell from a photo!
Pro Tip: If you love cotton shirts but hate the way dark colors like black and navy fade before the shirts wear out, then consider a cotton/polyester blend. Adding 35-45% polyester to a cotton fabric creates a blend that still feels like cotton, but is much more fade resistant than 100% cotton.
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