Think about your favorite t-shirt. There’s a good chance it feels nice, soft, and is more comfortable on your skin. Your favorite shirt is probably a ringspun cotton material. Traditionally, ringspun cotton has qualities that make it softer and more “comfortable” to wear. The material is commonly used in American Apparel products and Hanes Beefy T styles.
The secret is in the yarn processing. The “spinning” process produces longer, stronger strands. No chemicals are involved, but you can achieve a softer effect using chemical processes as well. The spinning process dates back to the Middle Ages when it was used to take the rough feel out of raw cotton. The spun fabric created more compact threads that ultimately resulted in more durable products.
Is it more expensive? Not necessarily. Designer brands, like American Apparel, may carry a slightly higher price tag, but customers justify the cost because they consider the brand to be superior in comfort, style and durability. More affordable options are available for just pennies more than you’re probably paying for a traditional 100% cotton shirt. There are dozens of ringspun options available, so consider your options before you make a decision. If you have questions or need suggestions, just ask!