Written by Beatriz Calero
Shopping is probably one of our favorite activities, no doubt! We adore going shop by shop taking a look to the new items and trying on new clothes.
And, even if we do love to buy new fashion items just because we’ve liked them at first sight, in other cases we pay attention to MANY other elements before to purchase a new item (especially when it is quite expensive).
The perfect fashion item for most of us is beautiful, trendy, quality and affordable! But there is something else, which it’s determinant to choose one piece or another: how the item feels on us?
Clothes have to be stylish yet nice, comfy and soft! For example, during the winter season we love to wear cosy materials that protect us from the cold weather. Opposite than in summer, when we prefer to wear to wear light fabrics to enjoy the sunny and warm days!
Also, today fashion insiders really pay attention to what they are wearing, and many of them like to wear eco and sustainable materials!
But, do we really know what materials are our clothes made of? These are the 10 most common materials that we can find in our clothes and everything you need to know about them:
Is one of the best-selling materials in the world probably because it is durable, comfy and really soft.
How it is produced: Cotton is a natural fabric as it comes directly from the cotton plant.
How to wash it/take care of it: It is really easy to take care of. You just need to wash it in cold water if your item is 100% made of cotton.
Pros & cons: On one hand, cotton is a breathable, really aesthetic and eco-friendly material. On the other hand, cotton will lose shape and color after several washes.
Is one of most precious materials in the world as it is considered really luxurious and exclusive!
How it is produced: is a natural fiber derived from the Chinese silkworm.
How to wash it/take care of it: it must be hand washed and with soft and delicate laundry products.
Pros & cons: Silk is an absolutely beautiful, light and delicate material and it looks amazing on certain fashion items. On the other hand, silk is not really eco friendly and quite expensive.
During the history, leather has been one of most used materials to produce shoes and bags. Today it is an absolutely fashionable fabric and it appears on many other items!
How it is produced: The process of turning the cow skin into leather is a long and complicated one and it involves dozens of steps from curing or soaking the skin to dying it.
How to wash it/take care of it: You can´t wash leather items! So, you have to take your leather piece to the dry cleaner to get it cleaned.
Pros & cons: it is trendy yet timeless, elegant and really resistant. However, it is not vegan at all, really complicated to clean and you must be really careful not to spoil it.
Same as Lycra, it is the material you may find on bikinis and swimsuits!
How it is produced: It is a synthetic material made of different chemicals.
How to wash it/take care of it: Washing machine, and voilá, you have your Elasthane item ready to wear!
Pros & cons: Elasthan may stretch when you put them on the washing machine but they always go back to their shape. Another pro is it is really comfy and tends to adapt to our body shape. What we don´t like about it is that Elasthane production is really harmful for the environment, and that it doesn´t let your skin breath really well, which can cause allergic reactions in rare cases!
It is one of trendiest materials for AW 2016/2017 but also one of most popular and successful materials through history as it has always been associated with royalty!
How it is produced: Originally velvet was a dense fabric of silk pile. Today, it is produced of other fabrics like rayon, cotton or polyester.
How to wash it/take care of it: Washing velvet is a difficult task. Be really careful, wash it handmade or get it dry-cleaned.
Pros & cons: It feels soft on the skin, it is luxurious and it is perfect for colder climates. However, it is highly dust absorbent and difficult to clean.
One of coziest materials! We may think it is only included in our warmest jumpers but many of our pants, coats, skirts, gloves, scarfs are made of wool. So almost everywhere!!!
How it is produced: It is derived from sheep hair!
How to wash it/take care of it: despite the fact that it is really similar to cotton, it is a little bit more delicate. You should wash it only in cold water and mostly handmade!
Pros & cons: It is super warm and cozy. One of best wool types is the cashmere one, which is even softer and more exclusive. The worst thing about wool is that wool fibers do itch A LOT sometimes.
It is actually a type of leather.
How it is produced: It is made from the underside of the skin, primarily of lamb, although goat or deer are also commonly used.
How to wash it/take care of it: Never clean it at home. Our advice is that you always take it to the dry-cleaner if you don´t want to spoil it!
Pros & cons: Of course, best about suede is its aesthetic. It is also really soft and people love how suede feels on them. Main disadvantage of suede is that is not eco-friendly at all!
Denim is the king of fashion materials! Since first jeans were created in 1873 to be worn by workers, they have become a fashion symbol worldwide!
How it is produced: It is actually made of a mix of cottons. It is commonly made with a blue cotton warp yarn and a white cotton filling yarn.
How to wash it/take care of it: Just wash your denim items in the washing machine. In the majority of the cases, you don´t even need to iron them.
Pros & cons: difficult to find cons for denim: It is trendy and timeless at the same time, comfy, easy to take care and it is not made of animal skins. However, processes to dye denim clothes are also really harmful for the environment.
How it is produced: It is a synthetic material made of different chemicals!
How to wash it/take care of it: To take care of your nylon items couldn´t be easier. Just wash them in the washing machine!
Pros & cons: The best about nylon is that is really versatile and affordable. What we don’t like about it is that is really artificial and usually you can feel is not quality or luxurious!
It is one of fashionistas favorite materials for summery clothes!
How it is produced: is a natural fabric derived from the flax plant.
How to wash it/take care of it: Again like with leather, best you can do is to take it to the dry cleaner.
Pros & cons: It is light, breathes well and it is classy yet informal. The worst about linen is that it does wrinkle A LOT, so you have to iron your linen clothes all the time.