Materials

For many women, a skirt is a comfortable and stylish way to look polished on any day of the week. When it comes to skirts, especially event, casual and summer skirts, many women find themselves deciding between the two most popular materials used in these garments, cotton and polyester.

We choose to work with polyester for our skirts. Why? We will explain that to you right away.

The term ‘polyester’ actually refers to a wide range of substances. In the context of the material used in women’s clothing, polyester refers to polyethylene terephthalate, or PET. Polyesters contain both naturally occurring substances and synthetic substances, such as polycarbonate and polybutyrate. Good quality polyester like the one we use for our skirts, has a nice soft and smooth feel, it wears quite well and is easy to wash.

Tulle (polyester) is a lightweight, very fine netting. Tulle is most commonly used for veils, gowns (particularly wedding gowns), and ballet tutus. The name comes from Tulle, a city in the southern central region of France. Tulle was well known as a center of lace and silk production in the 18th century, and early tulle netting probably originated in this French city. Tulle netting certainly appeared earlier in Parisian ballet costume than in most other nations, suggesting that tulle netting may have been more readily available there than elsewhere.

Chiffon (polyester), from the French word for a cloth or rag is a lightweight, balanced plain-woven sheer fabric woven of alternate crepe (high-twist) yarns. Chiffon is most commonly used for giving an elegant and floating appearance to the style.

 

Environmental Impact

Some fashionistas base their buying decisions on the environmental impact of products. With regards to this issue, cotton and polyester are pretty even. While some regard cotton as the more eco-conscious choice because it is a natural product, it still requires large amounts of water and energy to produce, just like polyester. Cotton plants are also pesticide-dependent. In the end, a cotton skirt may have the same impact on the environment as a polyester skirt.

Style

Cotton, in general, delivers a more casual look than polyester. While a cotton skirt is ideal for a casual day look, many women prefer polyester skirts for more formal, work occasions or a feminine look. With its sheen and range of styles, polyester can also deliver a wide array of looks to create everything from a silky style to an edgy, modern style.

Ease of Use

A polyester skirt can be much easier to take care of than a cotton skirt. Over time, a cotton skirt may shrink or lose its colour, while a polyester skirt can look very much like new even after years of wear. Cotton is easy to clean, but it takes a while to dry. A polyester skirt dries very quickly after being washed. For more wash & care information, see https://papillonrebelle.com/wash-care/.