What I mean by it though is are you prepaired to pay more for fine quality natural materials rather than all the polycrap synthetic nonsense in the shops now!
I defo go for cottons, silks and for winter lush furs, cashmere, alpaca, merino, mohair etc... I would defo rather spend £150 on one cashmere cardi than 6 or 8 Polycrap ones from the high st! It's also important to the history of the fabric... I really go for stuff that's not mass produced and this has definately influenced my choices. I love buying vintage or from craft and trade fairs... also I love buying local... especially scottish cashmere! I am not ashamed to say I'll never buy polycrap again and often steer clear of the high st because of this! How about you???
So is it just me or are you a material snob too? What are your fav materials?
i actually don't mind polyester so much, if the garment is well made. i like polyester sometimes because i can machine mash it without it losing its shape. i'm not a fan of dry cleaning or ironing. its a waste of my time and $ and terrible for the environment.
i dont mind viscose either. many of my topshop unique items are viscose.
i think a brand like topshop does synthetic materials very well. the garments have heft to them.
H&M does a poor job of synthetics IMO. (conversely, their cottons also are flimsy and wrinkle easily)
but i completely agree with you inregards ito synthetic materials for shoes. many of my vegan friends insist on buying shoes that are made of PVC or other man made materials. materials which will sit for a thousand years in a landfill before breaking down and are toxic to the environment.
I'm quite a fabric snob, due to the fact that synthetics don't tend to wear as well as natural fibres and synthetics tend to feel awful.
Cotton makes up most of my wardrobe, some wool pieces for the winter, and some silk, cashmere and a few silk/cottons etc, which tend to be worn rarely, and washed rarely (because of the £££ to clean)
Rarely do I go into a high-street shop and buy something, as I tend to regret it unless it is made of cotton - my Topman coat exists as proof that a wool/synthetic mix becomes quite bobbly and cheap-looking after frequent wear, whereas a 100% wool piece would not.
When it comes to shoes mine are leather, as they tend to mould to the shape of one's foot, hence a more comfortable fit. Though I despair at having them, I seem to need rubber soles for my shoes as I walk everywhere and I cannot afford to have leather soles constantly replaced (I'm a student).
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My pet hates: Acrylic jumpers, polyester blazers.
What I love: Thick, good-quality cotton t-shirts, silk-cotton jumpers.
I pretty much always buy natural fabrics, mostly cotton and some wool for F/W. I most synthetics look (and smell) cheap, especially the cheaper options. But it can be done well, just like cotton can be very bad quality. I don't think I own any synthetic clothes at the moment. I always check the label to see what the material is, synthetics make me sweat too much (no ventilation) and often make my skin irritated.
But it's like lucy92 said, it about how it's made. I bet there are some good synthetics on the market, but it's like with any other material the quality varies a lot.
I appreciate innovation in textiles as well. If a garment uses an interveined textile, or a traditional in a new way, I'm already liking it.
Polyester has some properties that cotton or other natural fibers don't have, it's not that one is good and the other bad, they're good for different uses, and therefore, they are best used for certain type of clothes.
sell crazy some place else, we're all stocked up here.
I'm not. There are some that I dislike (angora - sheds like hell). Lanvin does £1000 polyester dresses, why not. It's a brilliant material in many ways. I don't like cotton very much in general.
H&M does excellent silk and cashmere, I rarely buy anything else there. I did buy the Celine-ish tunic, it's viscose and it's very nice actually - everyone asked where I got it and no one believed me Pleasantly surprised there.
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I prefer natural fibers (although I feel a bit guilty about it) but think it all depends on the quality of the natural fibers.. there is some really cheap and nasty cashmere/wool/cotton out there that deteriorates just as fast as synthetics. Organic cotton is wonderful though..
For me it really depends on the garment and the mix of fibers in the fabric (assuming it's more than one). There are some items that I would never buy in anything other than natural fibers (sweaters are the first that come to mind). It just seems to me that sweaters in either a natural/synthetic blend or pure synthetics don't wear as well or last as long. Plus, let's be honest, poly or acrylic yarn doesn't feel very nice on. Price factors in too. I just couldn't bring myself to spend a lot of money on something that's either mostly or entirely synthetic.
BUT, these rules are much less rigid when it comes to designer level clothes. Sometimes you really do need synthetic fibers, and some of the most expensive clothes out there can be made from mostly or entirely synthetic blends. At that level it really shouldn't be taken as a reflection of their quality because to achieve certain effects you need synthetics.
So in the end, no, I wouldn't call myself a fabric snob. It's really case by case.
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A fair spread of comments there... and I do take on board what some of you are saying... but im a bit like betinapple... I just feel I cant breath in polycrap fabrics and for me a lot of them do feel cheap and nasty on my skin! But it's defo true you can get rubbish natural fibres too! For me it's all about manufacture and care taken to deliver a quality product... its the mass production in a way that also puts me off the high street as I dont want to wear the same top I see 100 other women in!
It is true to say the garment quality has to be case by case... its just a petty im growing to find high st quality is sadly not getting any better!
ediewho... I'm not sure what you mean your oposite to me... but a snob in your own standards... so what are they!?!?
Sorry William_St_Girl when I meant that is that you are more into animal fabrics and I am not for animal rights related... so quite opposite on that particularly ... but you are certainly right on the mass production make bigger wardrobes of clothes that actually are kinda about to expire at any time (or season) when i got cotton dresses from the 70s that look newer and are totally fantastic...
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