What's Better: Merino or Cotton T-Shirts? Unraveling the Debate!

Today, we're diving into a debate that, over the last few years, has found more and more attention, due to the increasing demand for sustainable, timeless fashion: Merino vs. Cotton T-Shirts.

At first glance, the expensive merino fashion may seem a bit intimidating, against the evergreen cotton T-shirt, but we‘ll try to answer some questions and explore the benefits of both fabrics and why a Merino Longsleeve or T-Shirt may be worth the investment. 

What is Merino? What is Cotton?

Merino wool is a natural fiber renowned for its exceptional softness, fine texture, and insulating properties. Sourced from Merino sheep, primarily found in Australia and New Zealand, it stands as a pinnacle of quiet luxury in the world of fashion. Thanks to its ultrafine fibers, Merino is remarkably comfortable against the skin, dispelling any notions of itchiness commonly associated with wool and - naturally odour resistant.

Today, cotton is fashions most popular fabric. The beloved natural fiber is harvested from the cotton plant. Known for its breathability and versatility, cotton is a mainstay in the textile industry. Its soft, moisture-absorbing qualities make it a go-to choice for everyday wear, it's easy to wash and pretty durable.

1c1y merino t-shirt collage with merino sheeps on a hill and webshop picture

Merino vs. Cotton T-Shirts: The Elegance Factor

In the realm of elegance, Merino wool takes the lead. Its ultrafine fibres lie gently and light on the skin and add a touch of quiet luxury to any outfit.
Cotton exudes a casual charm and with streetwear being firmly established in todays fashion trends, you can also create an impressive look with a neat cotton shirt. However a Merino T-Shirt or Longsleeve is your top choice if your are looking for an elegant yet comfortable smart-casual outfit.

The most comfortable Shirt? The Merino Advantage

One common misconception about wool is its potential to be itchy. Ultrafine Merino like we use it, defies this stereotype. Its fine and smooth fibres ensure a non-itchy, silky feel against your skin, easily keeping up similar fibres like Cashmere, making it a comfortable choice for even the most sensitive wearers. Meanwhile, cotton provides breathability and sturdiness. So if you going to have a lot of friction or heavy work, you might want to go cotton, but you might be surprised what a new level of comfort a Merino T-Shirt might add to your weekly wardrobe. 

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The All-Weather Wonder: Merino for Every Season

Merino wool's natural insulating properties make it a standout choice for all seasons. However, especially when you're layering up in the chill of autumn a merino longsleeve creates a thin, yet very warming layer.
Cotton, while a comfortable choice, may not offer the same level of insulation in colder weather, but is your best choice in summer due to it's breathability and moisture absorbing qualities.
Another point for merino is, that it is naturally odour-resistant, which means you rarely have to wash your clothes. Just hang them out for a while and they are ready for another day!

organic cotton t shirt collage picture with cotton plant and 1c1y social fashion webshop picture

Versatility in Fashion: Cotton's Casual Charm

Cotton T-shirts are the epitome of versatility. They effortlessly transition from day to night, from casual outfits to laid-back elegant evenings. Their breathability make them a go-to choice for those looking for an effortless, comfortable style. Merino, while elegant, may lean more towards sophisticated occasions.

Sustainable Style: Make sure it's certified

When it comes to sustainability, both materials are organic, and biodegradable. When you buy your next shirt, have a look if the textile is certified organic.
If you want to go a step further, knit clothes in general often have less waste during the production and tend to be more timeless. Merino sheep are known for their low environmental impact, and their wool is biodegradable. Opting for Merino is a choice for a more sustainable and environmentally friendly wardrobe. We as a label only use RWS-certified wool, to make sure our partners use sustainable farming methods and avoid the habit of mulesing the sheep. 


The choice ultimately depends on your personal preferences and the occasion. A Merino Shirt will add elegance and comfort to your wardrobe and could be a new exciting fabric you want to try out. Cotton brings a simple and versatile charm. Whatever you want to invest in, make sure it's sustainable and works with the rest of your wardrobe. After all, fashion is about expressing yourself in the most comfortable and stylish way possible! 

If you want to check out our range of Merino and Cotton T-Shirts and Longsleeves, click here


Sheep - Taylor Brandon
Cotton - Mykola Korzh
1C1Y Webshop - Eileen Jordan