- Polyester fibre is used in all types of clothing, either alone or blended with fibres such as cotton.
- Aramid fibre is used for flame-retardant clothing, cut-protection, and armour. Also known as Kevlar.
- Acrylic is a fibre used to imitate wools, including cashmere, and is often used in replacement of them.
- Nylon is a fibre used to imitate silk; it is used in the production of pantyhose. Thicker nylon fibres are used in rope and outdoor clothing.
- Spandex (trade name Lycra) is a polyurethane product that can be made tight-fitting without impeding movement. It is used to make activewear, bras, and swimsuits.
- Olefin fibre is a fibre used in activewear, linings, and warm clothing. Olefins are hydrophobic, allowing them to dry quickly.
- Ingeo is a polylactide fibre blended with other fibres such as cotton and used in clothing. It is more hydrophilic than most other synthetics, allowing it to wick away perspiration.