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.

K800-company-shirt-poloThe 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. 

For more information on how to purchase shirts or other garments to represent your company, check out some of our posts on these related topics:

Three Ways Company Shirts Rock Your Marketing

How to Buy an Embroidered Polo Shirt 

Embroidered Polo Shirts - Pricing Mysteries Solved

How to Create a Company Uniform That Supports Your Brand

You'll find more articles on our blog - we tend to write about this subject a lot! Feel free to pick up the phone and give us a call, or drop by our showroom with your questions.