These 220–thread-count cotton-percale sheets manage to be both crisp and soft, like some of the higher–thread-count competition. The scalloped edge―available in a multitude of colors, including bluebird (shown)―nicely accents an all-white bed. Woven in China. To buy: $110 for a queen set, garnethill.com.
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Lands' End Easy-Care
If you like a top sheet to fold over as crisply as a French cuff but can’t stand ironing, this 280–thread-count set may be the answer. It’s woven in Israel with Supima cotton and a bit of polyester to prevent wrinkling. Available in a rainbow of colors. To buy: $109.50 for a queen set, landsend.com.
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These 280-count sheets for the budget-conscious are woven in India of combed cotton. They lack the luxurious touch of high-end sheets but have a crisp feel. In nine colors. To buy: $92 for a queen set, thecompanystore.com.
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Style & Co. Solid Sheet
Woven in Pakistan and made with Egyptian cotton, this 300-count percale is quite soft. The top sheet and pillowcases are hemmed with a cord trim. Available in white and four colors, including aqua (shown). To buy: $95 for a queen set, macys.com for store locations.
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Sferra Celeste Sheeting
Woven in Italy, these Egyptian-cotton percale sheets are from one of the most prestigious names in the business. The thread count is 406, and the touch is softer than some percales. The sheets have a hemstitch trim. In more than 10 colors, including pink (shown). To buy: $525 for a queen set, sferralinens.com.