If you're confused about what exactly Tencel® clothing is, you're not alone. The generic name for Tencel is lyocell, a material made from wood cellulose. Tencel is often blended with cotton fibers, and clothing made from this blend may be labeled Tencel cotton or cotton Tencel. Tencel denim, Tencel twill and Tencel wool is also available.
Tencel® (with the trademark symbol) specifically refers to fabric that has been awarded an international certification for meeting environmental standards of sustainability and low-emission production. Tencel clothing marketed without the trademark symbol may be of the same quality as Tencel®, but it is not guaranteed to meet the same environmental standards.
Tencel Means Comfort
By whatever name, Tencel is best known for its comfort. It flows like rayon, resists wrinkles like a polyester knit and it as absorbent as terry cloth. All these qualities are blended together to create a lightweight, durable, color-rich, easy-care, flattering and affordable natural textile. A process known as "fibrillation" is responsible for the peachskin finish often attributed to Tencel shirts, pants and skirts.
Because it's a natural material, Tencel breathes well, making it the perfect casual-wear textile for active people. Tencel clothing is also a top pick for seasoned travelers because of its versatility, stylish looks and ability to resist wrinkles, even in a crowded suitcase.
Buying Tencel Clothing
The beautiful drape of Tencel lends itself to clothing with a relaxed fit. Tencel pants often have an elastic waistband for extra comfort. Drawstring waists and slash pockets are also common in Tencel pants, Capris and shorts to help maintain the all-day comfort this type of clothing is known for.
The Poetic Pleats Big Shirt is a classic example of a Tencel top that skims the body in a flattering shape without constricting the wearer in any way. Shop for Tencel shirts and jackets with details like goring, princess seaming, decorative buttons, notched collars and patch pockets for a slightly more upscale look without sacrificing comfort.
Caring for Tencel
Ease of care is one of Tencel's most popular qualities. Machine wash and dry your Tencel clothing according to the manufacturer's instructions, and you can expect pieces to maintain their rich color and flowing fit for years to come. Because it's lightweight, Tencel clothing is also a snap to hand wash while traveling. Simply lay your items flat for drying so they retain their shape.