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Posted by: Sharon, Tuesday, September 21, 2010, 7:59pm
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?
Posted by: Lola, Tuesday, September 21, 2010, 8:10pm; Reply: 1
I do not wear anything synthetic.....
Posted by: ruthiegirl, Tuesday, September 21, 2010, 9:35pm; Reply: 2
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.  :B )  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.
Posted by: shoulderblade, Tuesday, September 21, 2010, 9:43pm; Reply: 3
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.
Posted by: 10809 (Guest), Tuesday, September 21, 2010, 9:46pm; Reply: 4
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.
Posted by: geminisue, Wednesday, September 22, 2010, 12:37am; Reply: 5
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.  
Posted by: maukik, Wednesday, September 22, 2010, 12:50am; Reply: 6
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.  
Posted by: Dr. Pepper, Wednesday, September 22, 2010, 1:46am; Reply: 7
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.
Posted by: Melissa_J, Wednesday, September 22, 2010, 3:35am; Reply: 8
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.
Posted by: 10809 (Guest), Wednesday, September 22, 2010, 10:02am; Reply: 9
Quoted from maukik
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.
Posted by: deblynn3, Wednesday, September 22, 2010, 11:34am; Reply: 10
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.
Posted by: Poppy, Wednesday, September 22, 2010, 11:59am; Reply: 11
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!
Posted by: 10809 (Guest), Wednesday, September 22, 2010, 1:27pm; Reply: 12
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.
Posted by: ruthiegirl, Wednesday, September 22, 2010, 2:10pm; Reply: 13
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.
Posted by: proto, Wednesday, September 22, 2010, 5:56pm; Reply: 14
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.
Posted by: Victoria, Wednesday, September 22, 2010, 7:44pm; Reply: 15
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.
Posted by: paul clucas, Friday, September 24, 2010, 6:34pm; Reply: 16
I need a "I'm a non secretor and used to hate wearing wool, but now I am ok with it." choice.
Posted by: O in Virginia, Thursday, October 28, 2010, 6:37pm; Reply: 17
I wear synthetics when I go out (including tights and underthings - "foundation" garments  :P), 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!
Posted by: DenverFoodie, Friday, October 29, 2010, 8:31pm; Reply: 18
No issues here but I don't own much synthetic.  :B
Posted by: Ribbit, Tuesday, November 2, 2010, 6:58pm; Reply: 19
Quoted from O in Virginia


...adding:  God bless Eli Whitney!


(clap)(dance)

We went to a museum a few weeks ago where we got to see a cotton gin.  It was so cool!  
Posted by: christaalyssaA+, Tuesday, November 23, 2010, 7:38am; Reply: 20
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 :D
Posted by: dawgmama, Thursday, January 6, 2011, 2:55am; Reply: 21
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! ::)
  
Posted by: Goldie, Thursday, January 6, 2011, 4:30am; Reply: 22
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..
Posted by: Peppermint Twist, Friday, January 7, 2011, 6:09pm; Reply: 23
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:   :o  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.
Posted by: Lola, Friday, January 7, 2011, 10:10pm; Reply: 24
;D
Posted by: O in Virginia, Saturday, January 8, 2011, 4:02pm; Reply: 25
I used to love the Gap, PT, but I think the quality has actually gone down - like everyplace else.  Outstanding rant on 80s workforce clothing!  Amen!   ;D  Back to The Gap.  When I was skinny I used to shop their sale racks and get great things in size 6s and 4s.  I found a black linen dress for around $10, and when I got to the register it was further reduced to $4 because it was the last one.  That was a well constructed, well designed, quality dress.  I used to find nice sweaters and shirts, all kinds of things, on the sale rack.  Found some $6 cargo pants for DH that he still wears today.  I still keep an old pair of cotton Gap khakis (size 10 or 12, NOT 4/6!) that are so beautifully worn and beaten in and great looking that I refuse to let them go.  I aspire to get into those again this year.  It's definitely feasible, as I'm dropping weight on my SWAMI pretty easily it seems (now that the holidays are over).  But I do not harbor any hopes that I will buy the same quality of pants at the Gap again.   :'(
Posted by: Peppermint Twist, Monday, January 10, 2011, 3:50pm; Reply: 26
Quoted from O in Virginia
Outstanding rant on 80s workforce clothing!  Amen!

:D  ;D  Why, thank you, I do try!  Actually, I didn't have to try that hard because it is easy to get a good rant going on a subject that one feels is particularly rant-worthy.  80's workforce clothing really is like the firing of a pistol to this ranting racehorse!
Quoted from O in Virginia
;D  Back to The Gap.  When I was skinny I used to shop their sale racks and get great things in size 6s and 4s.  I found a black linen dress for around $10, and when I got to the register it was further reduced to $4 because it was the last one.  That was a well constructed, well designed, quality dress.  I used to find nice sweaters and shirts, all kinds of things, on the sale rack.  Found some $6 cargo pants for DH that he still wears today.  I still keep an old pair of cotton Gap khakis (size 10 or 12, NOT 4/6!) that are so beautifully worn and beaten in and great looking that I refuse to let them go.  I aspire to get into those again this year.  It's definitely feasible, as I'm dropping weight on my SWAMI pretty easily it seems (now that the holidays are over).  But I do not harbor any hopes that I will buy the same quality of pants at the Gap again.   :'(

It is interesting on Wikipedia that it says they have lost some of their customer base by veering from their original clothing and price points (I THOUGHT the prices seemed sky high when I went in there for the first time in, like, DECADES, once I was skinny enough to prance on in, but then I concluded, apparently erroneously, that, no, PT, its just that many eons have gone by and prices have skyrocketed and maybe The Gap was always pricey and you just didn't notice it as much back when mommy and daddy were paying the bills!  But NO:  it HAS gone up, price-wise, even adjusting for nuevo prices circa 2010 (I know, I know, we are now in 2011, but it was 2010 when I went in there).  I mean, the jeans were, like $90.00 or something.  What aaaaauuuuup?  :o  They are great quality but, wow.  And then they had a lot of weird clothes in there, too, that weren't anything like what they used to have, but again, I attributed that to, okay, PT, it isn't that they've changed, it is that YOU are OLD and don't get the fashion of this brave, new era.  They still did have a lot of great, high-quality jeans, though.  And I'm fixing ta/toying with going back to treat myself to a pair or two...just in time for 95-degree weather set in again for 6 or 7 months, so that I can't wear jeans...but right now it is really good jeans weather around here, which is probably why I'm waxing so Gap.

But, I mean, they (same company/family) owns Old Navy?  Talk about your cognitive dissonance!  I can't reconcile this!  Old Navy is like the single most annoying brand/ad campaign EVER!!!!  It irks me on so many levels!!!!!!!

Back to the 80's for a second, and then I have to go, as I am now in the 2011 workforce and must do some work:  my whole career/life might have been different had I not had to constrict myself into those horrible outfits at that time.  I CANNOT function in panyhose, pointy-toed high heels and polyester suits with giant shoulder pads.  It's that simple.  Yet it was wear that or be banished from DC back to the green mountains of Vermont from whence I emerged in my batik shirt, army pants and "China slippers" (remember those?!!!).  Gotta go!
Posted by: Peppermint Twist, Monday, January 10, 2011, 3:53pm; Reply: 27
P.S.  I'm back in my old cargo Gap pants like you describe, after saving them for years and years as hope waned for ever fitting into them again.  I fit into all my old Gap stuff!!!  I still have one pair of pants, though, from the 80's, that I don't fit in yet (I'm in size 12 now, and they are size 10).  The brand is called "Prime Cut".  I WANT to fit into those pants again!!!!  If I ever do, I'll feel that I myself will have reached "prime cut" status  ;D.

...That said, size 12 ain't bad!  I'll take it!
Posted by: Possum, Monday, January 24, 2011, 8:06am; Reply: 28
I can wear most things but have to cut off the tags... ::) Some stuff I hadn't cut the tags off & was wearing just a year ago I now find I have to do the same to, so I am getting even more sensitive!!

I like clothes that let me move & have to have silky knickers if I am wearing fitted clothing, as I hate the way cotton panties "stick" to the outergarments... & I'd rather wear none, than knickers that ride up :o

I like linen or bamboo & prefer organic cotton or soft aged cotton clothing...
Posted by: O in Virginia, Monday, January 24, 2011, 5:55pm; Reply: 29
PT, you are always prime cut, whatever the size on the tag says.   ;)  I don't shop at Old Navy.  I haven't been in a Gap in ages.  I'll try their jeans again, though, PT, if you say they're good.  I do actually need some new jeans (yay!).  I sure miss the Levis of old.   :'(

Possum, I've noticed there is no such thing as unformity in sizes anymore - even within one brand.  You have to try everything on now, and don't flip out if it's two sizes over your "usual" size.  It really doesn't mean a thing anymore.  If the clothes that were loose on you are fitting a little too snugly, THEN I'd be concerned.  But the sizes just don't seem to mean anything anymore.  

I love wearing comfy, baggy clothes, but I don't like how I look in them.  I'm not into foundation garments here, either, or tights or pantyhose, but I do like how they disappear under clothing and make everything smooth.  As soon as I get home, all of that comes off - I hate feeling like a stuffed sausage - and on goes my comfy cottons.  No commando or thongs for me, I like big old cotton grannie panties, lol!  But only at home.  And I won't let DH see me in them!   ;D
Posted by: Ribbit, Monday, January 24, 2011, 6:15pm; Reply: 30
Quoted from Peppermint Twist
I'm in size 12 now


Ummmmmm..... :o.......PT, did you just say you were in a size 12 now?

Say it again.  Please.  Please.
Posted by: Ribbit, Monday, January 24, 2011, 6:20pm; Reply: 31
Quoted from christaalyssaA+
NAKED!!! ALL THE WAY!!!


NOT ME!!!  I have trouble even going from winter clothes to summer clothes at first.  Because the slightest little breeze moves my arm hairs and then I have to scratch.  

One thing I have recently come to love is long-sleeved undershirts.  I don't think they're completely cotton--maybe some Spandex?--but it actually doesn't bother me.  I like it because it's tight enough to make my skin feel secure (I think only a nonnie would understand what I mean by that).  Then I wear something over it of course.  But this "layering look" that's popular now has been good for me.  I'll miss it when it warms up.
Posted by: Possum, Monday, January 24, 2011, 8:52pm; Reply: 32
OinV - Cheers, sorry...What I meant by "I like clothes that let me move..." is the fabric... ;) Like I was alluding to re knickers - cotton on cotton for instance, seems to stick & you "feel" the clothes you are wearing... I like to not be aware of my clothing (apart from making sure I am wearing some :D) If I am "aware" of them I feel like not having them on!!!
Posted by: O in Virginia, Monday, January 24, 2011, 8:54pm; Reply: 33
Quoted from Possum
OinV - Cheers, sorry...What I meant by "I like clothes that let me move..." is the fabric... ;)

Yes, I see I rambled off down some other road (as usual!).  Sorry!

Posted by: Munchkin76, Monday, January 24, 2011, 9:32pm; Reply: 34
Cotton all the way for me - can't stand the feel of synthetics on my skin  :o

I love the feel of mohair and some lamb wool jumpers (sweaters), but can't have them directly on my skin - 'tis like a little army of ants are patrolling up and down my body ew.......

Oh, and the label defo has to come off as soon as it's through the door of my house - can't stand them scratching on my skin......

I'm a nonnie, I can't help it  :B
Posted by: deblynn3, Thursday, January 27, 2011, 4:16am; Reply: 35
I love bamboo, even more than cotton. Got bamboo socks love them. Can't find them this year.  >:( :'( Thinking of knitting my own for next year. Don't think of myself as a nonnie,but this might be the one thing that might make me one. 70's and 80's poly t-necks. OMG they would turn me beet red. But I love cotton ones. (even with a little syn) in them. I do like outer cothing of wool, but can't wear next to my skin. Everlast bamboo socks where are you ?
Posted by: Sharon, Thursday, January 27, 2011, 4:25am; Reply: 36
Quoted from Ribbit


NOT ME!!!  I have trouble even going from winter clothes to summer clothes at first.  Because the slightest little breeze moves my arm hairs and then I have to scratch.  

One thing I have recently come to love is long-sleeved undershirts.  I don't think they're completely cotton--maybe some Spandex?--but it actually doesn't bother me.  I like it because it's tight enough to make my skin feel secure (I think only a nonnie would understand what I mean by that).  Then I wear something over it of course.  But this "layering look" that's popular now has been good for me.  I'll miss it when it warms up.



"I like it because it's tight enough to make my skin feel secure (I think only a nonnie would understand what I mean by that)."



Ribbit,
I need clothes tight enough to "feel Secure" too! I know what you mean...

Posted by: Munchkin76, Friday, January 28, 2011, 10:04pm; Reply: 37
Ditto, Sharon & Leanne (Ribbit) - we're all here together.... Andy  :D
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