Both Soft and Comfortable, The Subtle Differences May Surprise You
Today, if you haven’t learnt something… prepare to. Alright ready? Let’s go! Cotton is much more popular in fashion than linen but it’s also a go to for the bedding and towel industry and everything from fishing nets, coffee filters, fire hoses, luxury stationary and tents. linen shares many of these properties so many of these industries use both… however, linen is a bit tougher to manufacture therefore more expensive.
The similarities linen has to cotton are that they both come from a plant (flax and the cotton plant respectively), they are comfortable to wear (when linen has the lignan (rough resin that coats the flax plant) removed), are both very absorbent and are lightweight. Furthermore they both can be dyed, are easy to wash and care for and get better with age.
So what are the main differences in regards to clothing and more importantly… which one is better?
The main differences are the texture and wrinkle factor. the texture of cotton is soft, soft, super soft in its natural boll state, but once it’s refined it gets EVEN softer. Linen on the other hand, is a lot tougher to the hand. It has a natural lignan which coats it and gives it a rougher texture. then again… as linen is worked in, it softens up and is actually a lot more durable than cotton.
Traditionally, they both wrinkle like a pug but today they are both cut with man-made synthetics like elastin, polyester or rayon. Blending these types of fabrics together makes the natural fibers tougher and wrinkle proof to a degree.
As for which one is better… I honestly like both the same due to their unique properties and diverse uses. Without cotton we’d have no denim, without linen, a fabric that has been created since 6000 BCE, we’d be ages behind on fabric production in general. Also linen pants in anywhere that’s hot… amazing… just saying!
Fun Fact: Linen was used as currency in ancient Egypt.
Here I wore a linen shirt under a denim jacket. denim being from cotton and linen from the flax plant. See these two sibling rival fabrics, actually play nice together.
What I’m Wearing
Cotton denim jacket by G-Star Raw
Linen shirt by H&M Conscious collection
Cotton pants by Louis Vuitton
Shoes by Gucci
The difference between linen and cotton is relevant to more than just fashion, there’s a big distinction when it comes to art and art supply’s. Just though you’d outta know.