Synthetic Blends Will Be Your New Favorite Fabric Type
We’ve always been taught that 100% is the best- 100% on a test, 100% effort, 100% return on investment, etc. This may be one of the only times when 100% isn’t always best. Yes, a 100% silk blouse or cashmere sweater is heaven but have you ever noticed that 100% natural fabric items become misshapen easily and don’t always return to the shape you want them to be? For more relaxed items, 100% natural fibers are perfect, but for a more fitted item, a synthetic blend should become your next best friend. Yes, I know that synthetic fabrics sound cheap and when a garment is made of 100% synthetic material, it won’t last 2 washed. BUT, when you mix them with a natural fiber, the result can be one you didn’t know you needed.
Let me introduce you to the synthetics you actually want to love-
Polyester is hydrophobic. For this reason, polyester fabrics don’t absorb perspiration, or other fluids, leaving the wearer with a moist, clammy feel. Polyester fibers typically have a low level of wicking but relative to cotton, polyester is stronger, with a greater ability to stretch
Acrylic is a synthetic, man-made fabric that was originally developed to be an alternative to wool. Today it’s a widely popular fabric for its durability and ease of care. It is also extremely soft, comparable to cashmere.
Nylon fibers are exceptionally strong and elastic and stronger than polyester fibers. The fibers are tough, abrasion resistance, and easy to wash. They’re also easy to dye in a wide range of colors. The filament yarns provide a smooth, soft, and lightweight fabric of high resilience.
Rayon is a soft but durable material, with better absorbency than cotton. Though it’s made using chemical processes, all the manufacturing components are natural. It is also biodegradable and, therefore, more eco-friendly than other textiles.
Spandex is known for its exceptional elasticity. Some of it’s greatest benefits are its significant strength and elasticity and its ability to return to the original shape after stretching. It is also faster drying than ordinary fabrics.
So, why you ask are synthetic blends so great? For starters, they can improve the garment’s longevity and performance. For example, when polyester is blended with cotton, the resulting fabric has better absorption capabilities, something not typically associated with polyester alone.
Blending can improve the texture, feel, or appearance of fabrics. Viscose, a type of rayon, when blended with cotton improves its’ shine, softens the fabric, and enhances the garment’s appearance.
It can provide special benefits that may include climate-proofing, allowing the fabric to be more stretchy or wrinkle less, softening the fabric, repelling moths, or making the garment water and stain-resistant.
So, next time you’re shopping, or even the next time you put on a piece of clothes, take note of the fabric content. You’ll notice that items that are a blend of natural and synthetic fibers will hold their shape and often times, last longer.
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