How to choose suitable material for your street wear style

How to choose suitable material for your street wear style

BY : Romano Castillo

When you try on pieces you’ve picked in fashion boutiques, you’ve the luxury to choose materials and textures you’re comfortable in. But what happens when you choose to shop online?  Choosing the type of material is easier than you think. Here's a handy guide that will make choosing the perfect material a breeze.  

Especially street wear, where we wear them casually everyday. You not only need to look good but to feel good as well. So here are common materials that are comfortable to the skin.

Examples of comfortable natural fibers

street wear material

  • Cotton – the most versatile fabric, woven cotton comes in many different weights from light-weight handkerchiefs to heavy canvas. In street fashion, it’s often used for beanies, hoodies, sweaters & pants. Fabrics like denim, moleskin and corduroy are generally made from cotton. Range of prices – often fairly cheap. Cotton is extracted from the cotton plant.

 street wear material

  • Linen – woven linen is easy to sew and comes in a variety of weights. It tends to crease a lot and is often blended with cotton. Its main use is in making thin clothing & in street wear they can be made into street suits for the summer. Can be quite expensive. Linen is produced from the flax plant.

 street wear silk

  • Silk – shiny, slippery woven fabric often used for luxury underwear, blouses and dresses. We use it to produce women's street suits and street pants. Expensive and difficult to sew. Silk is from the silkworm cocoon.

street wear wool

  • Wool – can be knitted or woven. Woolen fabrics are often made into street suits, sweaters and trousers normally for when you are in a cold place. Often fairly expensive and tend to be dry clean. Wool is from domestic sheep and other animals.


Examples of man-made/synthetic fibers

street wear polyester

  • Polyestersynthetic woven fabric, generally light-weight and crease resistant. It can be made into light weight hoodies & jackets & often light weight pants. It is easy to dry, easy to wash & often pretty cheap. 


street wear nylon

  • NylonPolyester is half the cost of nylon with similar properties, and dominated the synthetic fiber market. These fibers have excellent electrical conductivity, outstanding antibacterial properties, and excellent textile characteristics.

Others to mention:

  • Rayonis recycled wood pulp that must be treated with chemicals like caustic soda, ammonia, acetone and sulphuric acid to survive regular washing and wearing.

In my opinion, i prefer natural fibers because they feel good on your skin, without clinging to your body. Even though they are tightly woven, these are so breathable and soft, which places them among the best fabrics for clothes production. Call me a "energy saving type of guy" but natural fibers are more sustainable. In this time of age everybody is talking about saving our earth & going green.