It can be a hard decision, choosing what fabric suit to get as there are so many choices. Check out our definitive guide on different suit materials and how to wear them.
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Tweed to mohair, linen to silk, where do you even begin when buying a suit? What fabric is suited to what event? And not to mention the weather and season, what fabric is suited to Summer or Winter? There's a lot to consider when purchasing a suit.
But fear not. we've got it covered. This is the a to z low down of everything you need to know about each fabric, so you can go straight to the season you need your suit for, see its pros and cons and get tops tis on how to wear it. *sigh of relief*.
Autumn/ Winter Fabrics
- The most popular material so easy to find
- Comparatively cool
- Resistant to creasing
- Has to be dry cleaned
- Odour isn’t eliminated when dry cleaned, you must air it out
Wool is a formal fabric so if you want to keep it this way, why not wear a three piece suit with a crisp matching shirt? Finish off with a chunky black brogue.
Dressing it down is also quite easy. Particularly with trainers or plimsolls. So mix up your outfit with a black oxford shirt and coordinating shoes.
- A more informal fabric, used mostly for bespoke suits, so is infrequently used in a business context.
- Relatively thick and sturdy material, great for colder weather. (Warmer than standard wool)
- Comes in a variety of colours and patterns.
- Not flattering for heavyset men
- Does need to be broken in
Another formal fabric, so keeping up this appearance is a good shout. Keep the classic style with suede loafers and a black shirt.
It can be difficult to dress a tweed suit down, but with chukka boots and a long sleeve polo, you're half way there.
- Tough and durable
- Takes dark dyes well
- Breathes well and stays cool
- Has a natural sheen and luster
- Can be a little coarse on the hands.
- Some 100% mohairs can feel sandpapery
The mohair suit should be accompanied with full formal attire, consisting of a tie and leather loafers. Make the most of this traditional image.
Teamed with a quirky, casual shirt and suede boots, you'll be able to dress this suit down, no problem. You could even mix it up with a brighter shirt if the suit is a neutral colour.
- Incredibly warm
- Very durable and hard wearing
- Resistent to creasing
- Needs to be dry cleaned
- Quite a heavy fabric
Going for a suave slick look? Pair with a bow tie and shiny black formal brogues, for a classic luxe suit look.
If you're sticking to a grey flannel suit, then pair it with a patterned white shirt and matching all white Converse for a chilled vibe.
Spring/ Summer Fabrics
- A natural fibre so breathes well
- Absorbs moisture well (good for the heavy perspirators)
- Machine washable
- It has very little flexibility and no natural stretch so can feel a little tighter and more restrictive
- Depending on the colour, cotton can easily show water marks or moisture.
- If the cotton fabric wasn’t properly pre-shrunk, you could experience some shrinkage after having it cleaned and pressed.
- Will show wear and tear more than wool
Pair with a matching or clashing waistcoat for instant added formality and brown brogues.
The easiest fabric to dress down, stick to the all white theme and team with a plain white tee and chunky white sneaks for a cool street vibe.
- Lightweight so great for keeping you cool
- Due to it being so lightweight, it creases easily
- Stains easily.
Clash with a brightly coloured shirt, stick to a crisp white if you're not feeling risky enough, and finish off with a patent black brogue.
Suited solely for Summer, this suit is great to dress down, with high top Chuck Taylors and a striped long tee.
- Especially comfortable and breathable
- Cool to the touch and feels great on the skin
- Reacts poorly to excessive perspiration
Despite silk being better for hotter days, it can sometimes get a bit chilly, or you might want to mix it up in the colder months. Team your shirt with a jumper for extra layers and another dimension to the outfit. For the shoes, opt for a slick black brogue boot.
Keep the cool vibes with slip-on plimsolls for a laid back look and a plain white tee.
- The crinkling effect is permanent and as a result no ironing is required
- Comes in various colours
- Apparently, the crinkling is also supposed to help air circulation
- Not suitable in colder climates
You can find this fabric mostly in blue and/or white, so keep it all the same shade with a blue or white shirt, and loafers to dress it up further but keep you cool.
Again keeping to the blue and white theme, team your suit with a blue polo and mix it up with brown boots.