We've all seen the commercials praising cotton as being the best fabric material, but is it? The truth is there are pros and cons to 100% cotton clothing. Whether it's the fact that cotton can shrink or that it's easier to clean, it can be hard to determine if it's the best option for your wardrobe. Personally, I have a love/hate relationship with 100% cotton. Let's look at some of the pros and cons of this material.
It Can Shrink
One of my biggest qualms with 100% cotton is the fact that it can shrink. While I'm careful to not dry items that are made of this material, the occasional piece of clothing does find its way into the dryer only to shrink to Barbie-size. That's why I prefer blends. With a blend you get the softness of cotton, but don't have to worry about shrinkage. If I do buy cotton items, I try to choose those that are made of pre-shrunk cotton, which always makes me wonder why all cotton pieces aren't made this way.
It's Soft and Breathable
While blended fabric does prevent shrinkage, you can't beat the softness and breath-ability of 100% cotton. It's the perfect material for t-shirts, pajamas, socks, underwear and much more. In fact, I prefer cotton for many items and especially active wear.
It Can Wear Faster
Unfortunately cotton doesn't hold up as well as some other materials. Cotton seems to fade more quickly and wear out faster. The good news is that many cotton t-shirts do seem to get softer as they age - they just don't look as good.
It's Easier to Clean
Last, but not least, cleaning clothing made of 100% cotton is much easier than blends and other materials. You don't have to worry about having the item dry cleaned or using stain removers on the product. This makes cotton an especially good material for children's clothing.
Don't get me wrong. I love 100% cotton clothing, but it does have it's drawbacks. It can shrink and it does seem to wear faster than other materials. However, it's a wonderful option for kids clothing and you can't be the softness - at least not affordably. I highly recommend choosing cotton for sports wear as well because it's so breathable and easy to clean. It's just not the perfect fabric for every piece of clothing.