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Fabric Cheat Sheet | Polyester


Polyester is the perfect fabric for the busy woman. It is affordable, durable and easy to care for. It perfectly fits the Philosophy Australia design ethos of "easy wear, easy care".


Polyesters are made using naturally occurring chemicals, such as the cutin of plant cuticles as well as synthetics. It can be easily used in all types of clothing and is often blended with other fibres.


We use it to display our prints due to its high sun resistance, as the print won't fade and will stay vibrant.


Polyester is a reliably endurable fabric, and very easy to care for. It is moisture resistant, so if you accidentally spill something on it, it won't stain. Additionally, it can be thrown in the wash or dry cleaned without any worry, and also dries quickly. Due to its strong nature, it doesn't usually require any ironing and resists shrinking.

We love polyester because it is:

  • strong

  • flexible

  • dries quickly

  • resists wrinkles and shrinking

  • brilliant prints

  • sun resistant; doesn't fade

  • easy care, machine washable and no ironing needed

  • doesn't stain

In our Summer Collection we use polyester for two types of fabrics: chiffon and our slinky jersey. Below are a selection of our chiffon prints: Check, Eve, Morocco and Evergreen.



Chiffon is a lightweight fabric which is perfect for layering. One of the disadvantages of polyester is that it isn't as breathable as cellulose fibres. One way to overcome this is to layer polyester over a singlet or tank made from a natural fibre such as bamboo and cotton.


See below how we have styled the Elsie jacket over the Yasmin bamboo tank.


Vintage is one of our favourite collections made from polyester chiffon. We keep the styles free and drapey to allow for more airflow.


The alternative to polyester chiffon is a silk chiffon which is very expensive and hard to care for. By using polyester, we allow you to get the same luxurious look which works with a busy lifestyle while still being affordable.


Our slinky jerseys are perfect to display a high quality print. The jersey structure gives the garment a perfect drape to flatter the body, while the polyester adds sheen and durability to the garment.



Polyester is often blended with cotton. This combination is the best of both worlds, with the durability and easy care of polyester combined with the breathability of cotton.


An example of a poly/cotton blend is shown here in our Coco separates.



A range of finishes can also be applied to polyester. A finish is when a treatment is added to a fabric to give it a certain handle or appearance.


Our Lustre collection is made from a technical polyester which has been given a finish to create a modern brushed and lustrous appearance which drapes like silk.



We hope this guide has shown you how you can use polyester to your advantage. Let us know in the comments which your favourite collection is!