Originally known as a tennis shirt, the polo shirt was renamed the Polo by Ralph Lauren because he felt that tennis was the most elegant sport during as well as having a long history of being an activity for the aristocrats. No matter if you’re buying a polo shirt for yourself or your children, here’s a guide on the best fabrics that suit to your needs and lifestyle.
As cotton is a natural fibre, it is great for those with allergies, particularly if your child has them. The better the quality of the fabric, the longer the fibre (staple). Typically, individual cotton fibres range in length from around 1.5cm to 6cm. On the other hand, organic cotton is grown without the use of pesticides. If you want the best for your kids, choose Polo shirts that are made with 100% cotton as it is not only comfortable but also less toxic compared to other synthetic fiber.
Perhaps one of the most used synthetic material on clothing, polyester is constructed from a long-chain of polymer that have ester which are water, stain, and chemical resistant as well as returning to their original shape when stretched or compressed. The polo shirts take dye well and cope with heavy wear, thus it is a suitable to be worn by children who are prone to spillage and staining.
Combining the best of both words, poly/cotton fabrics are durable, crease-resistant, good absorption of qualities and require less laundering. It also has more breathability than pure polyester and less crease potential than pure cotton. Thus, the fabric is longer-lived with more ease of wear which is a win-win scenario for those who want the advantages of polyester and cotton.
Pique is not a fabric material but a weaving style that normally uses cotton yarn. As for the pique polo shirts, it can be either knitted or woven. It usually features a raised design which are often waffles or cords. Cotton is generally a woven pique with cords running with the warp of the fabric. The benefit of this weaving style is that it is a thicker and more durable fabric, that tends to show sweat less and has an attractive textured detailing. However, it is prone to wrinkling compared to other types of fabrics.
Offering a smooth, flat, and elastic surface, jersey fabric is somewhat textures, but still uniform. Polo shirts made with this material are great to be worn in humid countries as it offers a lighter feel. If your child is very active, the elasticity of the material allows for movement without creasing, bunching or chafing.