When shopping for clothes, either for an event or even day-to-day wear; choosing the right fabric can be a dicey game. 

This write-up is a helpful guide that will give you a bit of information on the popular fabric types that you might find in the market.

Cotton is produced from the cotton plant.  It’s cheap, will clean up easily, and is comfortable.  Unfortunately, it can stretch and lose shape.  It can also wear out over time.


Denim comes from cotton fabric, that has been woven in a way that produces a diagonal ribbing. Stiff and sturdy. Fades and wears too, which is why it’s so widely used in jeans.


Wool comes from animals like sheep and goats. It is a material for keeping warm, but can also be itchy.  Mohair is a variation of wool that comes from Angora goats. 


Silk has been used since ancient China.  It is amazingly smooth and lustrous, and comes from the cocoon of the mulberry moth.  It’s very light, flowy and, of course, silky! As the name suggests, Ideal for draping and lining.


Satin can be lightweight like silk or heavy weight.  It tends to be glossy in appearance and is smooth, silky, and flowy. Could be mistaken for silk sometimes.

Polyester tends to be very comfortable. It washes well and doesn’t require special care. They’re durable, and when dyed, they don’t fade. Polyester blends are man-made, so they don’t breath as well as cotton.


Nylon was invented as a synthetic replacement for silk, it was used in WW2 to make parachutes and tires.  It was also used instead of silk to make stockings for women, which is where the term “nylons” originated.  Nylon is strong and inexpensive and is easily washed.


Linen is a lightweight fabric that breaths well when worn in hot weather. Can look both casual and neat.  It’s a natural fiber that comes from the flax plant. The same place where flax seeds come from. The downside is that it wrinkles very easily and requires gentle washing.

Knowing your fabric can give you an edge when shopping for one. What will you do with this newly found knowledge? Let us know in the comment section