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RANT-Where have all the natural fabric made clothes gone !!!

(115 Posts)
bawabod Tue 28-Jan-14 16:01:21

Right on the basis of a few recent threads regarding quality of clothing and the amount of awful polyester viscose and other man made fabrics, lets discuss who is good at supplying clothes made with natural fabrics I am not adverse to cotton with a bit of elastane or is it lycra, god knows it can keep the blobby parts in check, but I am thoroughly fed-up with the amount of clothes lined in polyester and suchlike or made with it. It brings me out in a cold sweat, am old enough to remember crimplene trousers as a child but consider myself a trendy fortyish lady now. So I will start with who I think is good at such clothes Fat Face, Gap some East stuff and welcome ideas of other places to shop.smile

Specialbrew Sun 02-Feb-14 09:26:10

I like Uniqlo for some bits, tkmaxx for cotton and silk, jack wills for jumpers, gap for cotton shirts, Vince and James Perse for t-shirts. I buy work trousers from Joseph or Stella McCartney (only in the sales!), which are made from a fine wool.

I never go into Zara, as I like some of you am an obsessive label checker, and looking for natural fibers is like looking for a needle in a hay stack.

I broke my own rule recently though, I really wanted a wool peacoat, but the only one that I liked was a 30% wool one from Uniqlo. After the first wear it bobbled like mad and after a month, it looked scruffy and was unwearable. I bought a Hobbs wool one in the sales which is 100 times better.

Agree with others that polyester seems to be taking over the world, I went to Jaeger in the sales to look for work dresses and I was amazed that they sold so much polyester and charge so much for it, ditto Reiss and Whistles

I do think though that for me, as so many clothes are made of polyester I buy much less. Seeing a label saying 100% polyester means I walk away

FairPhyllis Sun 02-Feb-14 09:30:50

The thing that irritates me most is the disappearance of wool from jumpers. A cotton jumper does not cut it for keeping me warm.

I got a wool jumper from Jaeger in the sale, and I think that's how it's going to have to be from now on - ferreting out wool items in the sales.

bunnymother Sun 02-Feb-14 09:35:34

According to the sales staff at Jo Jo Maman Bebe, cotton (the only cardis they had) does keep you as warm as wool, even when wet, because it breathes. Suuure, whatever you say hmm

FairPhyllis Sun 02-Feb-14 11:23:17

God almighty. Cotton as warm as wool. Riiiiight. Why the flip do they think people insulate their homes with wool then and not cotton?

Saying that cotton keeps you warm when wet like wool is actually bloody dangerous, pig ignorant advice too.

I am actually genuinely distressed about this sort of thing. How come we are losing what used to be basic knowledge?

bunnymother Sun 02-Feb-14 11:36:38

To be honest, I'm not sure all sales assistants have ever had great knowledge about such things. Some probably did, but others wouldn't. I imagine it depends on the training the brand / shop provides.

I didn't care enough to argue it out, but I'm pretty sure my facial expressions were saying "you are wrong wrong wrong".

alemci Sun 02-Feb-14 12:02:38

also the actual 'wool' is such poor quality and bobbles even if you move your arm and before you even wash it.

peppapigiscomingtotea Sun 02-Feb-14 12:09:22

piratepanda- you might be able to pick up something on the John Smedley outlet section. They have been selling their merino wool jumpers for v reasonable prices recently.

accessorizequeen Sun 02-Feb-14 13:55:26

East do Merino cardigans. Don't know if they're 100% though. White Company used to, think they've shifted to more blends now. Agree about Woolovers cashmere merino but their lambs wool is a lot better. Cambridge baby do lots of wool for kids btw but ££, I still haven't found a proper wool cardigan for dd this winter that I can afford and like.

UnicornsNotRiddenByGrownUps Sun 02-Feb-14 13:56:58

Sorry don't have time to read the whole thread so please excuse me if this is a repeat but try people tree. Fair trade cotton and feels lovely.

Orangeanddemons Mon 03-Feb-14 18:11:07

Wool keeps you warm because the fibres are crimped. Cotton does not have this property the fibres of cotton are twisty.

So wool keeps you warm because air is trapped between the crimping. Cotton cant do this., so Cotton is not as warm as wool, whatever Jojo says

Starballbunny Tue 04-Feb-14 11:39:26

But wool brings me out in a rash and cotton doesn't, so I'm getting really pissed off with put a bit of wool in a jumper to church £10 more and make it possibly unwearable for me and definitely unwearable for DD1

Starballbunny Tue 04-Feb-14 11:39:46


Orangeanddemons Tue 04-Feb-14 17:53:40

I'm allergic too. I'm not allergic to cashmere, so I wear that. You'd be better of with a silk jumper than a cotton one, as silk is warm

Starballbunny Tue 04-Feb-14 22:43:24

Sadly my budget and laundry system don't stretch to cashmere and silk.

TulipOHare Wed 05-Feb-14 00:09:48

Starball I recently bought this jumper, it is 50% silk and 50% cotton and is £14. Is very nice smile

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