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Lycra/Spandex in Shirts

Written by Mr. WellCultured, Wednesday, August 4th, 2010 in Q&As

Are shirts with spandex (or lycra or whatever) in them worth buying? Are they better or worse?

It depends on what kind of shirts.

On one hand, lycra and spandex in shirts tend to make slightly tighter/more fitted shirts look better. Rather than outright buckling at the seams or at the buttons, spandex/lycra shirts tend to have a bit of give that may (slightly) hide any sort of pulling that would otherwise be very evident on other shirts. With such stretch capability in shirts, movements that normally would pull at unyielding cotton (for example, moving both arms forward and pulling at the back when wearing a very fitted shirt) yield nicely. Some people find this more comfortable overall.

On the other hand, lycra/spandex shirts are MUCH harder to iron. In addition, some cotton/spandex blends can have an odd weave to them, though that speaks more to brand than to the content itself.

With that being said, I personally think that casual shirts (like military shirts by Express, which have lycra) do well with spandex, as you can fit them tighter with little trouble. With dress shirts, it depends on your personal taste, though it is important to note that it is leagues more difficult to iron them.

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