How to Know Your Suit Fabric – The Weave
Most fabrics used in menswear are woven, although the intricate differences between the weaves lead to a greatly varying look & feel of the fabric.
We are here to help you navigate the world of fabric weaves!
Twill is a weave with a pattern of diagonal parallel ribs. It’s perhaps the most widespread of the weaves used in suiting. Twills have fewer interlacings as compared to other fabrics, such as plain weaves, which allows the yarns to move more freely and hence lead to a softer feel and better drape than for example plain weave suits.
Sharkskin cloths are smooth fabrics with a two toned appearance which is achieved by basket weaving threads of two different colours, whereby the darker thread runs diagonally to the lighter one. The characteristics of a sharkskin fabric are its smooth feel, wrinkle-resistance, and luxurious sheen which makes it perfect for formal attire.
Herringbone is a mirrored twill. Subtle, monochromatic versions are popular for suits, while bolder versions make for excellent sport coats.
BIRDSEYE / NAILHEAD
Birdseye is a small, repetitive woven pattern that resembles small diamonds. It is great for people that like solid suits yet want a bit of extra visual interest with regard to texture.