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Synthetic stretch dress shirts

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So I found a company that makes great dress shirts for athletes that fit almost perfectly right off the rack. But the material composition of their shirts is 62% Nylon, 32% polyester, and 6% spandex and I've read that people on this forum really dislike synthetics. Why is that? It stretches well in the bicep , fits great in the shoulders, drapes well, and feels decent, so it solves most of my problems. I understand that bacteria can easily grow on synthetics causing it to smell but is there another material composition that stretches that is better than the synthetic material in this shirt? Would any plant based fabrics be any better? The shirt was $90 which I thought was expensive for a synthetic dress shirt.
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People here dislike synthetics for daily wear, not necessarily for sports use: I think most people who actually sweat (sports, HIIT, strength training, etc) will concede that cotton is just about the worst thing to wear. Synthetics definitely win the day in the gym.

One exception I would say, for some applications, is merino wool baselayers, which I definitely prefer over synthetics for hiking, mountaineering, etc. I wouldn't wear it in the gym, though, since even merino (miracle wool that it is) doesn't have the evaporative (ie. cooling) qualities that synthetics have.

As for $90, technical and fitness clothing can certainly get on up there (my wife is a devotee of Lululemon or how ever you spell it), but honestly I just grab the stuff deep-discount at Ross; the clothes I wreck with CrossFit, 5Ks, and Spartan races is $5 shirts and the like (though they might be $50 suggested retail, who knows?)

Oh, and don't worry about plant based or anything. The plant based stuff (like "bamboo" garments) are just more rayon. Pretty much nylon is what you're looking for.

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