The dress shirts of the Art of Camouflage are made out of 100% cotton. We believe that a high quality consumer product starts with a selection of the finest materials at the beginning of the production process. We choose to work with 100% cotton, because cotton has some unique advantages. Like staying dry, because it has the ability to absorb moisture. In this article we will introduce the five biggest benefits of a shirt made out of 100% cotton.
1. Cotton has great cooling properties
Cotton is a breathable fabric, which allows your body to stay dry, while your skin is still able to ´breathe´. This ensures staying cool, even on warmer days in summer. Or any other situation where you might sweat.
Because cotton is able to absorb moisture, your body will stay dry throughout the day and this will help you to feel comfortable and cool too.
Last but not least, the cotton fibers keep the fabric away from your skin. This creates a thin layer of air that not only helps you stay cool in summer, but also helps to keep you warm during colder days.
These properties also make the shirt to stay ´fresh´ all day. Most synthetic blends feel roughly the same as cotton in the morning but will get sweaty during the day. They might even start to smell a little bit funky. But with a 100% cotton dress shirt you can be quite sure about have a crisp and fresh shirt throughout the entire day.
2. Cotton is super soft
Cotton is soft, it feels nice on your skin and gives the shirt a luxury feeling. Cotton also stays soft over time. This makes it an excellent fabric for dress shirts, but also for other clothing, like the t-shirts to wear under a dress shirt. The softness of cotton causes it to feel very comfortable, day after day and washing after washing.
The luxury soft characteristics of a 100% cotton shirt makes it easy to combine a cotton dress shirt, with almost anything. A high quality shirt can be worn for a business meeting, combined with a suit. But also casual with jeans or a jumper over your 100% cotton shirt. Remember that a 100% cotton shirt keeps you cool on warm days? So you could even use it on a tropical vacation, combined with shorts.
3. Cotton is very strong
Cotton is a very strong fiber. And it gets stronger when it is wet. This makes it an ideal fabric for shirts that need washing frequently, for example shirts you wear to work on a daily basis. The strong fibers ensure the shirt to remain in the same fit you bought it.
Cotton is also resistant to heat and keeps well with ironing. Last but not least the strong cotton fiber enables you to use ´strong´ washing detergents, if you wish, to keep your clothes very clean.
4. Cotton is hypoallergenic
It is very rare for cotton to give an allergic reaction and it is not known to irritate the skin. Therefor even people with very sensitive skin can wear 100% cotton shirts on a daily basis. Some people with skin conditions opt for only and exclusively wearing 100% cotton shirts, because it is the only fabric that their skin handles well.
But also if you have ´normal´ skin a 100% cotton shirt feels nice and soft and because it absorbs moist, your skin will stay dry, which is always good idea.
5. Cotton is easy care
The biggest (and only) disadvantage used to be that cotton is not so easy to wash and wear. It wrinkled and always needed extensive ironing. But technology has developed. By using new weaving techniques and using two threads (2 ply) the fabric gets stronger and easier to handle. This makes the shirt easy care. If you hang them to dry directly after washing, you might be able to skip ironing at all.
Different treatments after the weave cause some 100% cotton shirts to be completely iron free. Wash, dry and wear.
Whether the 100% cotton shirt is easy care or iron free, the shirt will stay nice and pretty during the day and will have minimal wrinkling. So you can look your best!