Men’s Clothing Material Needs To Change

We live in Iowa where the summers are hot and humid while the winters are cold and dry. I’ve often thought that if men’s clothes were made different a considerable amount of money could be saved on heating and air conditioning. It would also help the environment by cutting back on heating/cooling requirements.

In the summer clothing needs to “breathe” but in winter clothing should hold in body heat. Unfortunately it seems garment manufacturers don’t have a handle on that concept as yet.

As a man I don’t like to buy summer shirts made of polyester and cotton because the combination of materials don’t “breathe” like all-cotton shirts. Shirts and pants made of 100% cotton are comfortable to wear in the hot summer months because air can pass through the material. In addition, cotton acts as a “wick” absorbing sweat, carrying it to the surface where it evaporates, cooling the skin. It used to be that all-cotton summer shirts were hard to find and when you did find some the colors were so weird you wouldn’t want to be seen wearing them.

A few years ago something happened in the garment industry which changed the way men’s clothing were made, shirts in particular. They started producing all-cotton shirts & sweaters for winter. In my opinion that is one of the biggest mistakes they could have made because 100% cotton shirts are just plain cold! They need a some polyester in the material to block in body heat!

So I appeal to the garment industry to begin to turn this trend around and start putting polyester into winter shirts again but leave the polyester out of the summer wear!!! You will not only sell more but will also be helping the environment by allowing us to cut back on the thermostat in the winter and raising it in the summer!

Now I feel better. 🙂 I’ve been wanting to get this out for a long time 😉

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