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What’s In a Number?

What’s In a Number?

If you thought thread count was reserved for Egyptian cotton sheets, think again. The thread count, which usually refers to the number of threads in one square inch of fabric, applies to shirts too. Generally, the higher the thread count, the softer the garment. Fine dress shirts often have thread counts in the 110 to 150 range.

The thread count is sometimes alternatively defined as the number of “hanks” in a pound of cotton yarn, where a hank is 840 yards long. There again, a high number suggests a thinner thread—thus a classier, comfier fabric. But don’t make thread counts your be-all and end-all. Some designers have been known to distort the manufacturing process just to hike the count. Also, you want durability as well as luxurious softness; that’s a balance to be struck.

In the end, it’s up to you—with advice from your GARMANY style consultant, who can help you interpret this key number. Purchase a garment that makes you feel great. And don’t try to count the threads by hand. We’ll do that for you.

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