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Cotton or Polyester T-Shirts - What You Need to Know

Which Fabric is Right for Your Prints?

What are the differences between cotton and polyester?


Cotton is the world’s most popular fabric. The main reasons for this are that it is comfortable and cost-effective. However, several other characteristics make it ideal to use for clothing.

Cotton is a natural, breathable fabric that lets your skin breathe, absorbing moisture and keeping your body temperature stable. Cotton is a durable material that will last but is still soft against your skin. It’s also versatile and great for dyeing into different colours and shades.



Polyester may not be as popular as cotton, but it has its benefits. 

It is mostly plastic which makes it incredibly sturdy and durable. To indicate its strength, recycled plastic bottles can be made into polyester fabric, and as it’s well known, plastic does not break down easily.

Some of the other benefits of polyester benefits are;

  • Less fading: Polyester maintains its colour for longer after being dyed and will refrain from becoming faded. However, it doesn’t produce as vivid of colour as cotton. 
  • Holds shape: Good polyester garments will hold their way and won’t shrink in the wash.
  • Non-absorbent: Unlike cotton, polyester does not absorb moisture. However, it dries very quickly, which makes it ideal for the gym.
  • Less wrinkling: If you’re not keen on ironing, polyester is excellent, as it’s far more resistant to creases than cotton.
  • Not Breathable: Unlike cotton, polyester won’t allow your skin to breathe. When it comes to the warmer months, it may be time to give your polyester items a break and choose something more cooling.


Cotton/Polyester Blend

A blend of polyester cotton offers several benefits, and creators can combine the best qualities of cotton and polyester to create something unique, which for outdoor and winter garments, can be highly effective.