Mar­i­lyn Mon­roe fa­mously favoured silk sheets, but which ma­te­rial is best for you?

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Best for style and com­fort Pure linen is breath­able, hy­poal­ler­genic and reg­u­lates body tem­per­a­ture, cool­ing in sum­mer and warm­ing in win­ter. It also be­comes softer the more it’s washed. ‘The beauty of this tex­tile (top left) is that it’s not perfect,’ says Larissa Cairns at The Linen Works (the­li­nen­ ‘It takes min­i­mal fuss to make it look beau­ti­ful.’


Best for your skin Snooz­ing on silk can be deemed ‘beauty sleep’ – the fab­ric doesn’t crease the skin and can re­duce the ap­pear­ance of fine lines. It also con­tains amino acids that keep hair sleek, and the fab­ric is not ab­sorbent, so your skin will stay hy­drated. ‘It’s a must-have beauty ac­ces­sory,’ says Deb­o­rah Fiddy of bed­ding brand Gingerlily (mid­dle left;


Best for the en­vi­ron­ment As well as be­ing soft and light­weight, or­ganic cot­ton is picked from fields free from pes­ti­cides and fer­tilis­ers, so it’s the sus­tain­able choice. Try Muji – ‘ We cre­ate bed­ding ( left) that is gen­tle for those who use it and safe for those who make it,’ says Euro­pean man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Takuo Na­ga­hara (

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