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Modal Fabric Vs. Cotton

When considering modal fabric vs cotton, it was a clear choice to use super soft modal to enhance the feel and performance of our lifestyle pieces.

Elevating Elegance and Comfort in Our Classic Lifestyle Pieces

The A. PUTNAM collections feature pieces made with modal fabric, which is a super soft fabric growing increasingly more popular for clothing. When it comes to modal fabric vs. cotton, modal has many benefits that make it an easy material selection for numerous items in our collections, including the cropped polo, short sleeved bodysuit, and Santosa crew.

What is Modal Fabric?

Modal fabric is made using a blend of cotton and modal fibers. Modal is a semi-synthetic fabric made from beech tree pulp. It is known for its soft, breathable qualities that make wearing clothing made with modal even more of a luxurious experience.

However, modal fabric is also durable and moisture-wicking, making it an ideal choice for A. PUTNAM pieces, which are designed to move with you from resort to sport.

While cotton will always be a go-to choice for clothing because of its softness, breathability, and durability, it does not have any moisture-wicking properties, meaning if you work up a sweat during a hot day on the green, your cotton shirt will hold onto the moisture, leaving you feeling not-so-resort-ready.

That’s why we’ve used modal fabric for our signature items. We want women to feel comfortable and capable throughout their day – no outfit changes or limitations.

What We Love About Modal Fabric

When you wear any A. PUTNAM garments that use modal fabric, you’ll likely feel the difference right away. Here’s what we love about the experience of this soft, comfortable material.

  • Buttery Softness.
    Modal fabric feels silky smooth against the skin, and we often hear our customers describe it as a very natural feeling. It’s an ideal fabric for loungewear, underwear, and other clothing that comes in direct contact with the skin.

  • Breathability.
    Modal fabric allows air to circulate well through the fabric, keeping you cool and comfortable throughout any activity. We love the breathability of modal fabric because the majority of A. PUTNAM pieces are intended for busy days, physical activity, or warm weather when breathable, comfortable fabrics are key to comfort.

  • Durability.
    Nothing is more disappointing than when your favorite t-shirt starts losing its shape and becomes stretched out, or becomes stiffer and starts to pill in places. A great feature of modal fabric is that it retains its shape and softness extremely well, even after multiple washes and wears. We stand behind our pieces made with modal fabric because we know they’re a great investment – you can wear them often and they’ll last a long time.

  • Moisture-Wicking.
    Get after it with confidence. Modal fabric pulls moisture away from the skin and allows it to evaporate quickly, so you avoid wet or uncomfortable clothing on hot days or during physical activity.

  • Eco-Friendly.
    An added benefit of modal cotton is that it is a sustainable fabric, made from renewable resources and requiring less water and energy to produce than traditional cotton. The production process for modal fabric also produces less waste and uses fewer chemicals.

We’re proud to be able to offer this exceptional fabric in our collections, and we hope you enjoy the feeling and performance of modal fabric as much as we do!

Ali Putnam