Comprehensive understanding about suiting fabrics and cloths is vital to any sales back story. You need to be able to match colours to people helping them create more effective looks. Suit fabric really does make a suit literally and figuratively, linen, polyester, wool, cotton, tweed, herringbone, flannel, silk, poplin, seersucker and cashmere, are the materials that usualy make up a suit.
A man’s suit produced of polyester will feel entirely different to the wearer to that made of 100 percent luxury super120 wool. Also note a suits price and value will vary greatly depending on what kind of material it is made up of.
Cashmere suits are highly coveted for their soft feel and quality fibres, Cashmere wool, known simply as Cashmere, is a fibre obtained primarily from cashmere goat. The word cashmere derives from an old spelling of Kashmir. Cashmere is great to have close to the skin when you live in an area with rapid climate change, this is because it tends to insulate you depending on the moisture levels of the air.
The cotton suit isn’t the most popular suit on the market, but cotton is the most popular fabric for clothing. Cotton is soft, fluffy stable fibre that grows in a ball, or protective capsule, around the seeds of cotton plants. Cotton comes in many grades hence it’s most popular use in shirt fabrics, however in regards to suiting it wrinkles easy and is not meant for all types of suits. Different types of cottons
Drill is a strong twilled cotton fabric, used in men’s and women’s trousers.
Flanelette is a soft cotton fabric with a nap on one side.
Gauze is a sheer, lightly woven fabric similar to cheesecloth it is also made of silk.
Oxford is shirting fabric with a lustrous, soft finish. It’s characterized with narrow stripes and can be woven in plain or basket weave.
Pima cotton from Egptian cotton, is an excellent quality cotton fabric.
Poplin is a plain weave fabric with crosswise rib.
Swiss is a sheer, very fine cotton that can be plain or decorated with dots or other designs.
The flannel suit is made from thick worsted wool or wool/cotton mix.
It is similar to tweed suiting in this regards but much softer to feel. Flannel is heavy enough to make a great early winter suit but not quite heavy enough for the coldest of days.
The herringbone suit is a much like the tweed suit in weight and feel. It’s zig zag pattern is the defining feature you will find this type of suit in vintage 1940s models.
A linen suit is ideal for warmer climates and summer months. Linen is one of the oldest materials in the world and has many advantages. The material is light, resistant to moisture and available in many bright and pastel colours.
The poplin suit is made of a combination of lightweight fabrics which often include silk, cotton, worsted wool and even polyester. Poplin is lightweight and makes a great summer suit.
Seersucker suits are a type of cotton suit specifically made for warm weather materials are woven different from traditional cotton clothing. Colours are traditionally white with a blue stripe.
Very rare, silk is often used to blend with luxury wool for stability as silk suit wear very
quickly. Extremely smooth and cool to touch.
Tweed suits are a heavy form of wool suit. Traditionally from Scotland (Harris Tweed) They are made from coarse woollen yarn. The yarn are twilled, leaving a distinctive pattern not found on any other types of suits.
There are many different types of wool suiting, wool can be made up from many different wool grades and is produced in many different forms e.g. worsted, milled, super grades and more, it can even be spun at different speed, to provide different comfort levels, whilst being bladed with other fibres (cashmere, silk & more) This material can be spun at super 90s all the way up to super 200s. The higher the material the higher the quality.