EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT FALL SUIT FABRICS
A little knowledge goes a long way in determining the best fall suit fabrics for the cooler season and your budget. Before buying your next suit, learn about the different traits you’ll want to consider.
Why is wool the number one natural fiber used to make suits? It’s the most durable, holds its shape reasonably well, absorbs moisture and is perfect for just about any occasion.
Worsted wool evolves from a combing process that separates long fibers from short ones. The long ones are then twisted and spun in one direction for a strong, tightly woven fabric that has a smooth, sleek finish.
Woolens are processed using the short fibers and tend to be appear fuzzy (flannel is one example). They provide better insulation and are best for winter and cold climates.
One of the most luxurious fall suit fabrics in the world comes from a goat! The Cashmere goat is bred specifically for its fine downy undercoat. Only a few ounces are retrieved after removing the coarse, outer coat, which is why this fabric is so expensive.
Cashmere is extremely soft to the touch, holds a crease nicely and, when blended with wool, drapes better because of the added weight. Simply put, it’s an eloquent fabric that commands attention.
The price isn’t the only drawback. 100% cashmere doesn’t have the longevity of wool and tends to lose its shape over time. To extend its life as well as your investment, don’t wear it as often as you would other suit fabrics.
If you want the look and feel of cashmere but don’t want to fork out the cash, merino wool is a great alternative. Its long fibers can stretch and bend easily, are super soft and comfortable—great for keeping its shape.
An added bonus is that Merino sheepskin contains natural oil that actually helps prevent odor causing bacteria. It’s a bargain!
All suit fabrics are classified into thread counts such as Super 100’s, Super 140’s, etc. Typically, the higher the number, the thinner and more comfortable the fabric is. Super 170’s or higher are certainly more eloquent but don’t wear as well because they are indeed thin. A Super 150 should be sufficient.
Fabric weight is also important. Heavier weights of 10-13 ounces per yard take the chill out of cold winter temps, while lighter weights of 7-8.5 ounces are best for warmer climates. If you want a suit that can be worn all year round, choose a mid-weight fabric of 9-10 ounces per yard.
Now that you know the ins and out of fall suit fabrics, you can shop for your next suit with complete confidence.
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