Not All Fabric is Created Equal: Why Airlume and Ringspun Cotton is the Best

Ever wonder what it is about your favorite tee that makes it better than the rest? How can one tee be so much softer and comfier than another when they're both made from cotton? We've got answers for you.

We use a variety of fabrics in our tees, but the main one is cotton - specifically 100% Airlume combed and ringspun cotton. Spoiler alert: it's the softest around!

To understand why it's, we'll walk you through the different types of cotton (from worst to best) and how they're made. As you'll see, there's levels to this ish!

Carded-Open End is easily the worst type of cotton. It feels a bit like a burlap bag. Remember, cotton is a plant, so remaining impurities like soil and plant matter can make it feel rough.

Ringspun cotton refers to the way cotton is spun into long strands of yarn. While these strands make soft tees possible, impurities are still embedded into the strands. These rough strands make for difficult printing conditions and fuzzy graphics. An itchy tee AND a messed up graphic design? No thanks!

That’s where combed and ringspun cotton comes in. Here, the cotton is first combed to remove impurities and then spun into yarn. Many manufacturers settle for ringspun cotton because removing impurities leaves you with a smaller yield of cotton and therefore drives up prices. However, the comfort and softness you get is well worth the money!

Airlume combed and ringspun cotton takes it a step further. The combing process is even more serious, removing a whopping 25% of the raw cotton. The process also uses longer staples of cotton meaning there are less stray fibers.

The bottom line is Airlume combed and ringspun cotton is the softest cotton around! We are proud to use this fabric in most of our tees.

Next time you're shopping for a tee, make sure you check out the fabric composition. Feel the difference for yourself in our So Queer V Neck, Naturally Queer Ringer Tee, TheyThem Tee, and So Queer Hooded Long Sleeve.

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