Wrinkle-Free Fabrics: What they are, characteristics and more

We have all felt the frustration of wearing a shirt and finding it wrinkled. On these occasions, we might have wondered if it might have been better to have chosen a different type of fabric for that garment. If this has happened to you, then you will want to know which fabrics do not wrinkle. In this article we explain.

Which fabrics do not wrinkle?

The answer is simple, the fabrics that don’t wrinkle are synthetics. This is because this type of fabrics are composed of artificial fibers that do not require ironing, since their shape always remains the same. Specifically, here are the fabrics that do not wrinkle and their characteristics:

Polyester, the fabric that does not wrinkle par excellence

Polyester is the quintessential wrinkle-free fabric. If we refer to a fabric that does not wrinkle, polyester is one of the best known for this characteristic, in addition to demonstrating great durability, ductility, practicality and quality, since it is easy to clean and does not lose its size. It is also a light fiber, so it does not take long to dry, and they are perfect for sports, because they trap sweat. In addition, it is the most relevant material when it comes to counteracting humidity. For this reason, waterproof or rain suits are usually made of this fabric.

Today, garments are not only made from virgin polyester, but also from recycled polyester fabric, such as our Sepiia fabric.

Both fabrics have the same characteristics, except for the fact that recycled polyester contributes to a lower environmental impact during its manufacture, as it helps to reduce the demand for oil extraction.

Undoubtedly, this fabric is a way to give a second life to products that might otherwise end up being discarded.

Nylon, anti-wrinkle by default

Nylon is a fabric known for its strength, and is widely used in the manufacture of sportswear. In fact, many sportswear manufacturers blend nylon with other fabrics to improve its elasticity and lightness. Other properties of nylon are its smooth surface with good color retention, which does not fade easily, its softness and luster, how easy it is to maintain and wash (it manages to keep its structure and size with each wash). It does not absorb moisture like other synthetic fabrics and has a low permeability, so it can retain heat and is widely used in raincoats.

On the other hand, nylon is often blended with fabrics of natural origin to make them more accessible to the public and increase their quality.

You can find Nylon fabrics in our category for Nylon fabrics, as well as recycled Nylon in our category for Econyl Nylon fabrics.


Elastane, elastic and anti-wrinkle fabric

Also called lycra or spandex, it is characterized by being elastic, flexible, resistant and shows a good response to sweat, making it perfect for making sportswear.

Regarding its flexibility, elastane has the ability to stretch a lot and then return to its original shape without breaking, and is often mixed with other materials such as denim to provide elasticity to the garments.





Which natural fabrics do not wrinkle?

Although they do not have the same anti-wrinkle properties as synthetic fabrics, among natural fabrics there are some that require less ironing. They are the following:

Lyocell, a natural material with low crease resistance

Lyocell is a fabric that at first glance is reminiscent of cotton, but contrary to this fabric, it handles wrinkles well. That is why it is a good idea to buy a white shirt with lyocell, as it can be easily washed over and over again in the washing machine, and after hanging it on the hanger it will dry to such an extent that it can be worn immediately.

Wool, the natural anti-iron fabric

While wool fabrics may be associated with winter, they are worth wearing all year round. In summer, for example, wool shorts and thin skirts or stylish pants are perfect. Wool is an organic fabric, so it has good breathability and does not need ironing, having a very firm structure.

Silk, the most elegant low-wrinkle fabric

Although there are silks that can wrinkle more easily, there are more elastic and resistant silks that resist wrinkles well. This delicate and elegant fabric dries quickly, but it is better to dry it on a support so that it does not create unsightly wrinkles. Remember that if you want to iron garments made with this fabric, it is always good to put another fabric on top to iron them.


What to look out for in terms of non-crease fabrics

Many times, you will see synthetic or semi-synthetic fabrics that still require ironing. That’s why it’s still important to heed the care instructions for the fabric, although when you see your garment say “do not iron,” it’s probably referring to its finish rather than the fiber. In these cases, it is best to listen, as there are finishes that are irreparably damaged by ironing.

Are you looking for synthetic and natural fabrics that do not wrinkle, are good value for money and are also sustainable? Switch to circular knits and explore our Recovo catalog for fabrics that help reduce textile waste and the environmental impact of fashion.


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A marketplace to sell surplus textiles and other materials; buy deadstock fabrics and other materials; Recycling services to connect fashion brands with third parties, and an Upcycling Saas for companies to manage the circularity of their materials internally.

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