Choosing the Right Fabric
Choosing the right fabric to ensure a high quality tailored suit:
Fabric is one of the most merino fabric important elements of a well-made tailored suit. The right fabric is one the looks good and feels great. It will make or break your whole appearance. Choose a fabric that looks nice, feels nice and will last and last.
Wool is the most common suit fabric. It breathes, is durable, comfortable and is available in a range of finenesses and thicknesses to suit both cold and hot climates.
Wool is graded under the ‘Super’ wool grading system. Higher Super numbers represent finer wool fabrics that are comprised of long, tightly woven fibres. The higher the Super number, the stronger and smoother the fabric is. Higher Super numbers are also lighter weight and more wrinkle-resistant. Finer quality wools are graded Super 100s, 110s, 120s, all the way up to 150s Merino Wool.
Suits can also be made in fabrics other than wool for a more casual look or for warmer weather areas.
Cotton breathes well and is good fabric for casual suits worn in warm weather. Corduroy is a ribbed cotton that works well for sports coats. Unfortunately, cotton wrinkles easily, which makes it the least practical of the suit materials listed here.
Synthetic fibres, such as polyester, rayon, and acetate, are wrinkle resistant, stain resistant, and easy to care for. The disadvantage to synthetic fibres is they do not breathe well, making them uncomfortable in warm weather. Stay away from synthetic fibres if you can; spend the extra money and get a natural fibre suit!
Synthetic blends combine synthetic materials with natural fibers, such as wool, to create a fabric that is easy to care for and looks good, but still carries many of the drawbacks of the synthetic fabrics – steer clear.
Chinese Vs. Italian Fabrics
Most of the world’s suit fabric is produced in China and Italy. Italy has been known for producing some of the best suit fabrics for many decades. Most of the world’s leading fabric brands are still based in Italy, which boasts a long history of manufacturing fine wools and silks. Consumers can expect high-quality suit fabrics from Italy.
China is one of the biggest textile producers in the world and in recent years has begun improving their manufacturing techniques to produce higher quality fabrics. Indeed, many of the fabrics manufactured in China have surpassed Italian fabrics in quality.
Having said all of this, if you haven’t got a good tailor and made sure that your measurements are correct, your suit won’t make you happy no matter the quality of fabric, so get the basics right first!