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 Do you prefer to wear cotton clothes?
I'm a non secretor and prefer cotton (27 votes)
65.85%
I'm a non-secretor and I can wear any material (9 votes)
21.95%
I'm  a secretor and prefer cotton (5 votes)
12.20%
I'm a secretor and I can wear any material (0 votes)
0%
41 Votes Total Last vote Thursday, January 27, 2011, 4:24am by 13156
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Sharon
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Any non-secretors extra-sensitive to clothing not made of cotton? My mom gave me a nice rayon pajama set and I wore it all weekend and felt uncomfortable all weekend. I didn't realize the pajamas were rayon until today. I stopped wearing them and feel much better. I didn't realize how cotton is so important for me. Is it a non-secretor thing or do any secretors out there have the same issues with synthetic clothing?
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I do not wear anything synthetic.....


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There are some materials that bother me and others that don't. I do fine with cotton, silk, or rayon. I'm OK with nylon as long as it doesn't cover my shoulders or arms (bras, slips, sleeveless nightgowns, etc.) I'm OK with acrylic fleece as long as it's not touching my skin directly, or I don't wear it very long- such as a sweater that goes over a long-sleeved cotton shirt or blouse, or my warm fuzzy robe that I wear for half an hour or so in  the mornings before I get dressed.

I can handle polyester blends in a skirt, but not a shirt. I can't stand anything other than cotton for panties (though I did once have a silk pair that were very nice, but I never kept them on long enough to know if they'd bother me all day.   )  I do have one skirt that's 100% polyester, and I need to wear a slip underneath it or it gets uncomfortable.

I'm not so much a "has to be cotton" girl, so much as a "can't wear polyester" girl.


Ruth, Single Mother to 19yo   O- Leah , 18yo O- Hannah, and  12yo B+ Jack


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I don't wear synthetics although a lot of cotton clothing does include polyester. I find Cotton is softer and 'breathes' easier than synthetic fabrics.





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Quoted from Sharon
Any non-secretors extra-sensitive to clothing not made of cotton? My mom gave me a nice rayon pajama set and I wore it all weekend and felt uncomfortable all weekend. I didn't realize the pajamas were rayon until today. I stopped wearing them and feel much better. I didn't realize how cotton is so important for me. Is it a non-secretor thing or do any secretors out there have the same issues with synthetic clothing?


I cant wear anything but cotton.
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I like cotton, flannel and I have a problem with any elastic in bras, especially, breaks me out.  and wool itches me, so I don't wear or use it anyplace.  
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Yes, I am a nonnie and have to have cotton socks and underwear.  Cotton socks are hard to find in a style that I like.  I must have cotton PJ's and most of my clothing is 100% cotton.  If I am only going to wear something for a short time, it can be non-cotton, as in my dressy clothes.  
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I'm a cotton and wool guy primarily...I hate synthetics but can happily wear most natural fibers, though I find a few wools to be too hot and itchy for me at times...I occasionally wear some synthetics for winter sports (capilene mostly) and for exercise, but I don't find them particularly comfortable--they're just functional.  I change into cotton as soon as I can.
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Organic Cotton is the ultimate luxury

My sister buys Hanna Andersson organic cotton clothes for her kids and they get passed on to my boys, and they always pick those clothes out to wear over and over again... especially the pajamas. They don't care what the tags say, they just know what's comfortable.  Can't complain about THOSE hand-me-downs.


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Yes, I am a nonnie and have to have cotton socks and underwear.  Cotton socks are hard to find in a style that I like.  I must have cotton PJ's and most of my clothing is 100% cotton.  If I am only going to wear something for a short time, it can be non-cotton, as in my dressy clothes.  


I cant find 100% cotton socks anymore except for diabetic socks. They are not of the best quality and are expensive and slide of my feet when wearing them in my sorels. They get holes quickly and when I remove them, my feet are full of lint. I was embarrassed the first time I wore them, I went to have a foot x ray. Looked like my feet were filthy. Anything with even a little bit of spandex makes my body over heat.
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If you can't fine cotton socks look for the bamboo socks they are great and very soft. The ones I have feel like a good cotton however they are also thick, but look for the dress ones there are some BD introduced me to them. We get them at Wal-mart of all places.


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For me, I wear cotton in summer, and in winter, I often wear a cotton underlayer, with wool over top when it's cold. Occasionally I wear polar fleece. And sheets MUST be 100% cotton!


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Quoted from deblynn3
If you can't fine cotton socks look for the bamboo socks they are great and very soft. The ones I have feel like a good cotton however they are also thick, but look for the dress ones there are some BD introduced me to them. We get them at Wal-mart of all places.


Thanks Deb. I wondered how those would be. They are really expensive here. I saw them at health stores or natural product stores. Never thought to look at Walmart for them. I will give them a try.
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Spandex doesn't bother me the way polyester does.

Yes, sheets need to be 100% cotton. I have some old ones I  bought for the kids years ago that are 60% cotton/40% poly, but I never found those comfortable. Those are our "emergency backup" sheets now. I've only bought 100% cotton sheets in the past 5 years or so; mostly flannel because those are cheaper, especially in the early spring when they go on sale.


Ruth, Single Mother to 19yo   O- Leah , 18yo O- Hannah, and  12yo B+ Jack


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Rayon is made of tree pulp so it's not exactly synthetic but is heavily processed with chemicals. Most of my underwear is made of synthetics and I can't wear cotton or cotton/rayon blends for underwear. Will itch all over. Maybe it's the chemicals or the tendency to hold moisture.


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I wear cotton, silk, wool and linen.  A few things are rayon or ramie.  No polyester.

Long sleeved silk undershirts and leggings are great for cold season insulation without bulk.



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I need a "I'm a non secretor and used to hate wearing wool, but now I am ok with it." choice.


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I wear synthetics when I go out (including tights and underthings - "foundation" garments  ), but they usually come off as soon as I get home.  At home, I dress mostly in comfy old cottons.  Silk and cashmere are ok, too, but for cold weather.  Wool is a bit itchy but I can wear it layered over cotton.  I prefer pure broken-in cotton on my skin.  Linen breathes at least, but I still find it a bit itchy.

...adding:  God bless Eli Whitney!
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No issues here but I don't own much synthetic.  


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Quoted from O in Virginia


...adding:  God bless Eli Whitney!




We went to a museum a few weeks ago where we got to see a cotton gin.  It was so cool!  


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I wear cotton most of the time. I love wearing bamboo it's so soft and even better than cotton. But if I could ultimately choose what I wanted to wear and not have to worry about temperature or other people... NAKED!!! ALL THE WAY!!! I think there should've have been a ... "I'm a nonnie and love to be naked!" voting option! haha


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Yup, another nonnie who lives in cotton! And that cotton better not have any tags or else!!!!!!!! Underwire bras are torture, won't wear em! Someone gave me some Icelandic Wool sweaters that her mom had, but...... I just cannot wear them, even with a cotton turtleneck underneath. I am a 'highly sensitive person' and I just can't abide anything itchy. I tried on a ton of wedding dresses before I found one that didn't make my skin crawl!
  


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I can do all but not wool.. but can only wear any item only once even if I wore it only for a short time..


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Quoted from Sharon
Any non-secretors extra-sensitive to clothing not made of cotton? My mom gave me a nice rayon pajama set and I wore it all weekend and felt uncomfortable all weekend. I didn't realize the pajamas were rayon until today. I stopped wearing them and feel much better. I didn't realize how cotton is so important for me. Is it a non-secretor thing or do any secretors out there have the same issues with synthetic clothing?

Well, I don't know that it's a secretor-status-related thing, but I have always vastly preferred cotton clothes!  I know this may sound typical for a child of the suburbs in the 1970's, but my favorite clothing store, much as I'm somehow embarrassed to admit it (precisely because, I suspect, I associate it with malls and I'm so NOT a mall person, but I so AM a this store person), is The Gap.  I was just thinking about this last night because, for so many years, when I was fat, I couldn't shop at The Gap, and now I theoretically can (although, egad, their prices!  But you get what you pay for and Gap clothes are QUALITY, imho).  I say theoretically because, I have been in there exactly once since dropping the weight and while I was THRILLED to fit easily into something called "skinny jeans" that were really flattering to my Gatherer figure, too, the PRICES were a shocker, so I passed on actually buying anything.  But I was thinking last night that I want to go back and get a few things.  Why I love The Gap is that almost all of their clothes are made of cotton, they are very well-made/high-quality clothes that last*, AND somehow they all have this unusual combination of being at once very classic yet subtly FUNKY at the same time.  It is a certain style that is The Gap and yes, I know it is probably very '70's in a way and very mainstream in a way and very MALL in a way, but if loving Gap clothes is wrong, I don't wanna be right!

I've always gravitated to cotton and can't STAND synthetic fabrics.  I HATED THE '80'S!  Not the punk/new wave fashion side of it, that was fun and I got into it, but then when I got outta college and it was suddenly the height of the Reagan Era and I had to go into the work force wearing pantyhose and heels and synthetic suits with mile-high shoulder pads--omg, just line my constricted self up in front of a firing squad and shoot me dead because my flower child soul and all the life was already crushed outta me by those clothes!!!!  Anyone that age today doesn't know how lucky they are that most places don't make women wear pantyhose and pointy-toed, heel-laden misogynistic shoes from H*LL and Nancy-Reagan-esque synthetic suits with shoulder pads and anchors on them and--oh, the HORROR, the HORROR.

Give me a pair of jeans and a cotton teeshirt or other cotton top and color me comfortably DONE!

omg.  Just harking back to the workforce fashion of the '80's is extremely unpleasant!

* edited to add:  case in point - another reason I was thinking last night about how much I love The Gap is that, now that I'm back down to my fighting weight, or close enough, I actually fit into all my OLD Gap clothes and, guess what, they are all still perfectly good!  You'd never know that even the newest of them have got to date back to at least the 1980's.

edited to add:     I just read about The Gap on Wikipedia and I had not known that they also own "Old Navy", which I DETEST!  omg:  their ads only feature anorexic people, and lately their ads are really rude, crude, STUPID and offensive!  How can I love The Gap if they also own that horrid perpetuator of the national anorexic fashion zeitgeist, "Old Navy"?  This is a problem.  I hate having morals.


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