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Battle of the Country Wear Fabrics: Denim Vs. Cotton Shirts

ByAnthony Hendriks

Dec 25, 2019
Country Wear Fabrics

Country-style has fascinated designers world-wide long before it evolved into its current phase. A good pair of denim, a well-fitted country shirt and a pair of quality cowboy boots is all you need to rock this style. And although all pieces of clothing play a great role in achieving an authentic country look, there is no doubt that the classic western shirt is its most popular staple piece. The two most common materials that it is made of are cotton and denim. However, shirts made from these two differ in a few ways.


cotton shirt

Cotton has been used in the clothing industry for thousands of years. It is versatile and strong, and it boasts with a range of other great features. It is a breathable material that absorbs heat pretty well allowing your skin to breathe. This means that wearing a cotton western shirt will keep you cool and comfortable throughout the day. Also, it doesn’t irritate the skin and since it’s thicker than other materials, it feels soft and luxurious. Another reason why country apparel companies love cotton is its durability. Cotton is ideal for mens country wear as it can stand up to wear and tear. Moreover, its molecular structure means that instead of becoming weaker when wet, cotton gets stronger. Unlike other materials, such as wool, for example, cotton shirts can be washed many times without getting damaged. Also, this material can withstand high temperatures without a problem, which means ironing cotton country apparel for men and women won’t make the pieces lose their quality.

cotton plaid shirt

Another reason why country clothing manufacturers choose cotton for their shirts and the rest of their pieces of country apparel for men and women is that this fabric provides great screen printing surface. It is a dense material which means it absorbs ink much better than other fabrics. This gives cotton shirts a higher quality print, ensuring their design will look sharper and clearer. Last but not least, it’s an environmentally friendly material since there are no harmful chemicals and pesticides used during the growing process of the plants. It is inexpensive, extremely versatile and perfect for all seasons.


men denim shirt outfit

Although most people associate it with jeans, denim is widely used for shirts as well. It is a durable and sturdy material which is woven in a way that can be effortlessly worn in rough conditions. Since denim shirts are made of the same material as jeans, you can easily wear them together. Pairing a denim shirt with jeans (even if they are not the same colour) is an easy way to get the ideal western look without much effort. Just like cotton, these shirts can also be worn year ’round. The physical properties od denim provide a balanced level of insulation, helping you maintain the ideal body temperature.

blue denim shirt outfit

Most denim shirts are machine washable, which means they are low maintenance. However, checking the label is always a good idea. Just like jeans, most denim shirts don’t wrinkle, especially if you care for them properly. What this means is that you shouldn’t let your wet shirt stay in the washing machine for too long after the cycle is done. These pieces of men country clothing are long-lasting and can be used for many years before they show any signs of wear.

Bottom line is, while both cotton and denim are excellent choices if you’re looking to create an authentic country look, to get the most out of these pieces, ensure you are buying high-quality items that are manufactured and sold by a reputable company. Regardless of your choice of material, never compromise quality and comfort.

By Anthony Hendriks

The life of the party, Anthony is always up for spending some time with family and friends, when not blogging of course! Ever since a child, his love for books of mystery, race cars and travelling keeps on growing so it's difficult for him to single out that one all-time favourite hobby. If there's one thing he hates, though, it's having pictures taken but you already guessed that from his choice of plant photo for the blog.