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4 Reasons French Terry is the Most Popular Fabric for Sweatshirts & Casual Clothes

Fabric Facts: French Terry

We've all heard of Terry cloth - it's what our towels are made of. But if you've been keeping an eye on the fashion industry, the a long-running trend in casual/sporty clothing includes something called French Terry. But what is French Terry, and what's all the hype about?

French Terry fabric is a knitted terry cloth fabric that features loops and soft piles of yarn on one side, (usually the inside of a garment), and a smooth, soft surface on the other side. The result is an absorbent, light-weight, moisture-wicking material that's super comfortable to wear any day of the year. It's heavier than a t-shirt, yet lighter than most sweatshirts, and works well by itself or as a layer over or under another piece. It's often made from 100% cotton, or a blend of cotton with a small percentage of rayon, polyester, lycra or spandex. New sustainable French Terry might even feature organic cotton or soy fibers!

Now that you've seen it, you'll probably start to recognize it everywhere - even on clothing you already own. French Terry has been around since the 1980's, so there's a pretty good chance you have something made with it and didn't even know it!

French Terry Examples

French Terry continues to be extremely popular, and is a trend that likely won't go away because it's:

  1. Super Comfy - the soft piles of yarn on the inside of the fabric feel soft and cozy against your skin
  2. Made to Keep You Cool & Dry - moisture-wicking properties draw sweat away from your body -cotton threads can absorb up to 27 times its weight in water!
  3. Flexible - French Terry has the perfect amount of give to provide stretch and flexibility during activities like yoga, working out or just lounging
  4. Great for Layering - heavier than a t-shirt, but lighter than a sweatshirt, so it can be worn pretty much year round both under and over other pieces

Now that you're completely sold on French Terry - how can you get it or get more of it? You'll start to recognize it in pretty much any store you go to, but if you're looking for something a little more custom, we have a variety of French Terry apparel from big name brands like Champion, OGIO, Alternative Apparel, and more. Find items for men and women and men including hoodies, full zipper sweatshirts, crew necks, and lounge pants - and that's just the tip of the French Terry iceberg!

Editors Note: This post was originally published March 7, 2014 and has been updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness on June 5, 2017.