Fabrics

What is sun protective clothing?

Sun protective clothing is made with fabrics that shield your skin from ultraviolet (UV) rays. When looking for fashions that help protect you from damaging ultraviolet (UV) rays look for the UPF number. UPF is similar to SPF (Sun Protection Factor), the rating system used for sunscreen products. The higher the UPF number the greater…

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What is chambray?

A light weight cotton that looks like denim, a year-round staple. Chambray is a plain weave fabric with a colored warp and undyed fillings. Chambray can have a check or stripe design. Dresses, pants, shorts and shirts come in chambray. Perfect for relaxed weekend outings or casual Fridays at the office. Read More: A Modern…

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What is loden fabric?

Loden fabric is a durable, coarse, dense, water-repellent, woolen fabric used chiefly for coats and jackets. Originally worn by farmers and shepherds in the Austrian Alps. Loden coats and jackets are fashionable in the city or country and appropriate for hunting or leisure. Loden coats are usually in hunter green but loden fabric can be…

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What is the meaning of plissé?

Plissé is a French word meaning pleated. You will see the word used as an adjective to describe certain fashion styles of clothing such as a “plissé skirt”. A looser definition of plissé might be used to describe permanently puckered, crumpled, or folded fabrics used in fashions. Read More: Pleats a High Point of Fashion…

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What color denim is more trendy (lighter or darker)?

Denim fabric has become classic and is always “instyle”.  In general clothing in darker color denim is more dressy and sophisticated and shows less dirt than clothing in lighter color denim. Consider where you will be wearing your denim, work or dress up, then decide. All color denim is “hot”! Women wear colorful and white…

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Is wool clothing just for cold weather?

Many people think wool is a cold weather fabric but wool is multiseasonal thanks to new finishing techniques. Some wool fabrics have tighter twisted yarns that improve breathability and thermoregulation against cold and heat. The new wools are thinner and more comfortable to wear. With many people on the go, travel often requires fabrics that…

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Can I wear velvet to an April wedding?

Velvet can be worn to an April wedding. Velvet is a seasonless fabric today. The weather dictates when to wear velvet. In cooler climates it is most popular. If it is hot where you live it will probably be too warm and might be uncomfortable. However you can wear a velvet jacket for a cover…

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