Summer cotton. All around wool. And. . what's microfiber?
When it comes to getting fabric for the men's suit that you want, there are indeed a lot to choose from, each with its own following and school of thought. But be careful and take time in making your choice. The fabric that you will choose will influence your own comfort and your overall image.
First up, we need to look into the so-called non-wools. Polyester, rayon or a blend of the two are of course used in men's suits the world over. While they are within the means of wardrobes on a budget, they may not have the longevity of a wool suit. You may also remember how wool goes with silk to produce that pricey feel. What about the materials that go into the lining? Polyester or acetate have always been used in high-quality suits.
Linen - why yes: light, soft, relaxed tropical feel ideal for summer;
why no: wrinkles and gets stained easily; fades eventually; and not a vote into the conservative look
Cotton - why yes: its natural fiber gives the airy feel of linen
why no: creases easily.
Polyester, teflon, or microfiber - why yes: doesn't wrinkle; one of the lowest costing mens suits fabrics.
why no - doesn't breathe; not natural that fabric is solely made of polyester
And now we turn to the king of fabrics, wool. It is known as the safest material of a really good suit. Ventilation, durability, style. . . talk about an all around material!
Here are the types of wool fabric:
Tweed - while common in colder climates due to its heavy fibers, it is said to be ill fitted for large gentlemen; durable and repels moisture; has a rough feel with geometric patterns; sports jackets are made of this.
Flannel - The densest of the non-tweed, flannel is made from corded wools. It's durable, very hard-wearing, and also a handsome material. The downside is that it is a non-breathing fabric.
Tropical - A kind of lightweight wool crepe, it is subject to wrinkling, and eventually regular dry-cleaning. . Both this the the flannel suit are not good choices for a first men's suit.
Worsted - Wool can be refined into two forms: worsted yarn, which gives the fabric a compact and smoother feel, and woolen yarn which results to more relaxed fibers and therefore a fuzzier fabric.
The worsted wools are what you need for a first men's suit. Whether you have gabardines or mid-weight corded, worsted wool is durable, hard-wearing, and usually fine for year-round wear. The weave determines the lightness or heaviness of the fabric. It is more airy than polyester so its definitely cooler.
Herringbone-This is no longer in style, but if we would see it, it would be comon among sports jackets. This fabric has a zig-zag pattern reminiscent of a herring's skeleton.
Rupert Bowling is the Owner of EshopOne a supplier of Mens Suits. Having been selling mens clothing online since 1999, he is considered by some to be an “old timer".