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We know that it can seem a little overwhelming when you see we have so many fabrics. Don’t sweat. We got ya covered.
Choosing which fabric a suit is made out of can be one of the most important decisions to make when buying a suit. A fabric's breathability factor has a huge effect on how hot the wearer of the suit gets as the day or night goes on, and the durability of the fabric will determine how long your suit will last.
Softer fabrics will make a suit pricier. This fact is part of the reason why silk suits and cashmere suits are more expensive than wool or cotton. People will pay hefty sums to feel comfortable, and the more breathable and more comfortable a suit's fabric is, the more expensive that suit will be.
We’ve broken down the main fabrics and fabric blends for you here.
Cashmere is sheared from the silky soft neck regions of Cashmere goats. Some people mistakenly believe cashmere to be a wool but it is in fact a hair. Cashmere is extremely soft and quite expensive. One of the downsides of cashmere is that it is not as durable as all of the other fabrics listed here. Because of this, a suit made with cashmere tends to show wear earlier than suits made out of cotton or wool. We don’t advise SuitJunkies looking for an everyday suit to go 100% cashmere.
Cashmere is often blended with wool in a suit. This blend makes the suit feel more substantial and heavy and can give the suit an appealing glossiness. Cashmere and wool blended fabric also drapes a bit better than fabric that is 100% wool, leading to more flattering fits in many cases. A downside is that cashmere blend suit pants don't hold creases very well.
Cotton suits are light and allow for good breathability in warmer weather. However, one of the major drawbacks downsides to 100 percent cotton is that cotton tends to crease and wrinkle somewhat easily, which can give a cotton suit a sloppy look. Great for a summer’s jaunt out on the river, not so good when the boss thinks you’ve slept in your car.
In men's suits, cotton is sometimes blended with Lycra or even spandex to give it an element of stretchability. Like the 100% cotton suits, these are inexpensive and great for hot weather but might not be as durable or luxurious as a wool or wool-cashmere blend.
We can’t deny that a linen suit looks great at the races in summer. Linen suits are incredibly lightweight and can keep the wearer cool even when it's hot outside. On the down-side, suits that are made out of linen have a reputation for being difficult to care for. Linen suits wrinkle easily, so for you jet-setting junkies this is not a good choice. Also, the visible evidence of a night of partying can be difficult to erase as stains don’t life easily from linen suits. You can expect a higher dry-cleaning bill.
We get it, we get it. You don’t have stacks of cash lying around for a suit. When budget and not quality is your priority, a polyester suit may be a viable option. Suits that are primarily composed of polyester tend to wrinkle a lot less than other fabrics, but they can give off a shine that may look out of place in a corporate environment. Also, they have a reputation for not breathing very well. Definitely not a good pick for a hot day, unless you don’t mind looking like a sweaty mess? No, didn’t think so.
A silk suit might be the finest article of clothing a man can buy. With this exquisite creation, you can expect the utmost in comfort and breathability. 100% silk suits can adapt to any climate, warming you in cold weather and cooling you when it gets hot. Silk suits come in a variety of weights and thicknesses, which means that a person can get a thinner or lighter silk suit for the summertime and a heavier silk suit for the winter months. Much like a suit that is made out of cashmere, a suit that is made from silk is incredibly comfortable and incredibly expensive. You can expect to pay through the nose for this guy.
Suits that are made with silk blends are a bit more costly than suits that are made from a common base material like cotton or wool, but these suits also gain many of the benefits of a suit made out of pure silk - a flattering fit and a luxurious feel.
A suit that is made out of velvet is sure to turn heads as you exude sophistication and style. However if you want to avoid being thought of as a show-off at the office, it’s best to leave this one to the social events.
Probably your safest choice with regards to durability and style, however a 100% wool suit can be costly. Wool breathes well and will typically last for many years with the right care. Wool sounds like it will be a little hot and heavy, but like silk, wool will adapt to your climate. The wool that suits are made from is called worsted wool and doesn’t have the fuzzy feeling you would expect from wool products.
Wool suits are often blended with silk. These suits have increased breathability and also have a more luxurious feel. Wool suits are already known for their ability to keep their wearers warm in cold weather and cool in warm weather, and with the addition of silk, this ability is enhanced.
S numbers refer to the diameter of the strand of fibre your suit is made from. The higher the number, the finer the thread, and they range from about S80 – S250. A lower S number is thicker and more durable while the higher numbers are finer, softer and often much more expensive. A higher S number indicates that the suit might not be as durable as a thread below an S120.
Synthetic linings are often made of polyester. They are cheaper and more durable, but do not breather as well as silk. Our satin linings are 100% silk and are favoured by those looking for a more breathable, warmer fabric, however they are less durable and more expensive.
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