When it comes to selecting your next festival jacket you’ll want to think about the material used in the construction of the jacket. Choosing the right jacket for the right occasion means the difference between being too warm or too hot. But this isn’t the only thing to consider. Lets take a look at whether wool or cotton is better when it comes to festival jackets.
Wool or Cotton Jackets, What are Better?

Wool or Cotton Jackets, What are Better?

The two most commonly used materials when it comes to festival jackets it either cotton or wool. Both these natural materials are fantastic when it comes to the production of festival clothing. With modern dyes either material can easily be turned into any colour imaginable and so there are so many creations ready to be worn.

Cotton Pros


Cotton is a great material that offers many positive aspects.


Material Choice – The cotton jacket offers finer detail when compared to wool. Wool is generally quite a thick yarn where as the thickness to cotton weave can range dramatically from very think to quite thick. This gives cotton an edge when it comes to being able to create various styles of clothing with different types of artwork like printed patterns or patterns incorporated into the colour of the thread (see above jacket as example).

Due to the flexibility in thread or weave thickness it means we can create thick weave cotton jackets. These can be combined with fleece lining to create a heavy jacket that is better suited for colder days. Whereas a thinner weave can be created for more summer inspired jackets. Not only is the thickness variable but also you can create stretchy material. This is great when it comes to sizing as a stretchy jacket would fit across several size ranges. This really does give cotton a massive edge when it comes to choice.

Robust – Cotton material tends to be very robust material. It wears well and so can last many years without damage if looked after correctly. If washed correctly the colour well last longer and you’ll find that the material doesn’t get worn down. Cotton is a truly rugged material and perfect for getting down and dirty at a festival.

Cleaning – When it comes to looking after your cotton jacket you’ll find it a lot easy to clean then a wool jacket. Cotton tends to dry a lot quicker and using natural line drying techniques (we recommend you hand wash and dry all your festival clothing) you’ll find they can dry quite fast. Tip; A little boost with the washing machine on a spin cycle would help get rid of most of the water, just don’t actually wash the item in the machine.

Cotton Cons

There is really only one thing that stands out as a slight negative when it comes to cotton jackets.

Not as warm as wool – The biggest con with the cotton jacket is the fact that thermally speaking it isn’t the best when it comes to insulating against the cold. Yes if you add fleece lining to the inside of the jacket you are certainly helping bump up the thermal properties but compared to wool you will find the jacket is still not going to be quite as warm.

When to wear cotton jackets

For summer festivals a thin unlined cotton jacket would work well for covering up during the day or early evening time. During the colder part of the day a fleece lined cotton jacket would help but you might need to layer up underneath depending on how cold it gets, possibility just a couple of light tops could do it. If you are spending any time around a camp fire then you’ll find a cotton jacket should help you keep warm but not too warm you start to sweat, just move back if this is the case.

Wool Pros

Wool jackets have some wonderful plus points that make these jackets great to own.

Classic LookWool clothing has that wonderful hand knitted look that many cotton materials just don’t have. When you look at these knitted jackets you can see the time and effort that has gone into the production. They look like you want to climb into them. Quite quickly these kind of jackets become your favourite as you’ll find they are co cosy you won’t want to take them off.

Warm Material – Natural lambs wool is a very warm material. It’s been used for hundreds of years and is still used today because it’s so good at helping fight the cold. Couple this wonderful material with some nice warm fleece lining and you have the perfect winter clothing jacket.

Bold Patterns and Colours – Because fine detail is harder with wool due to the thickness of the yarn you’ll find that festival wool jackets are either brighter in colours or bolder in patterns.

Wool Cons

There is really only one negative aspect of owning a wool jacket and that’s the cleaning of said jacket.

Cleaning – Cleaning your wool jacket will be a pain in the arse. I’m sorry but its true, they are so absolutely fantastic to wear and stay warm but they should be hand washed and then dried laying down. Drying wool jackets on a washing line (hung up) would lead to stretching of the material and so you’ll soon find the garment disfigured. Always dry flat (inside drying rack over a bath works best) and always hand wash in cold water. Don’t let this put you off owning a wool jacket as you’ll absolutely love owning one especially when the winter comes.

When to wear wool jackets

Wool jackets are really the warmest option, they are great during the winter months and quite often coupled with a couple of layers underneath you can get away with wearing one of these instead of an actual coat. These jackets are also amazing for late night excursions around a festival but may get you a little warm if you sit too close to a camp fire. On cold winters days I often go walking in my wool jacket, whether its into the country or off around a Christmas market, my jacket does the job well.

So what is it to be Wool or Cotton?

For me the summer time is for cotton and the winter is normally when I bring out my wool jackets. However during colder snaps in the summer time then don’t be afraid to bring out your wool clothing. Likewise during warmer days in the winter there is nothing to say you can’t bring out your cotton jacket, you might just need to add a few more layers beneath. There truly are no hard and fast rules when it comes to festival clothing. At the end of the day it’s about whatever piece of clothing you feel most comfortable in. We hope that this little look at the differences between the two materials would have helped you work out what kind of jacket is best for your situation, either way enjoy your festival clothing and have a great festival.