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Don't get us wrong. Nothing can really replace pure wools, silks, and cottons, but from what we've observed, a cache of new textiles are quickly becoming just as commonplace as our old standbys. Designers have turned their attention toward new, hi-tech fabrics such as neoprene, casein, lurex, silicone, and tencel. Sounds fancy, sure, but what the heck does that really mean?
Instead of head scratching in the fitting room, we've asked a textile expert who helped us translate the jargon. Ahead, we're introducing you to five fabrics that are making beautiful garments more wearable, sustainable, and some, more affordable than ever.