Suit Fabric Types

Types of Fabric for suits and shirts: 

  • Wool
  • Cotton 
  • Linen
  • Silk 
  • Cashmere 
  • Sea island cotton
  • Mohair 
  • Vacuna
  • Alpaca 

Spun yarn is obtained from textile fibers whose origins can be animal – such as silk or wool – or vegetable – such as cotton or linen. Chemical fibers are divided into artificial (rayon) and synthetic (polyamide and polyester) types.

“Do clothes make the man or does the man make the clothes?” “Man of the cloth.” “Tailor made.” Each of these phrases conveys a universal truth. What a person wears influences the perception of those with whom comes into contact. A person’s clothing is an extension of that person. The way one dresses determines the perception that others have of that person. 

A key component in all types of clothing is the fabrics that are used to create the clothing. The fabric used determines the feel and style of the suit or shirt or pants. Some fabrics have a unique style or pattern that is part of the fabric. Other fabrics might have a color scheme sown into it, while others could be dyed or artificially colored.

A suit made of wool or silk will feel differently to the wearer, than one made of combination of mixed wool and linen fibres. One hundred percent cotton shirts will feel different than those made of polyester. The feel of the fabric directly influences the confidence of the one that wear the clothing. An expensive or consistent fabric could imbue a sense of confidence to the person wearing the clothes.

Whether your shirt or pants or entire suit is made of woven or blended fabrics sewn together, how you feel in the clothes will determine how you feel. More importantly, the fabric you wear will have an effect on those that observe you. Bright colors will put the mind at ease, while woven fabrics can draw out feelings of comfort and a sense of peacefulness. Also, the source of the fabric will influence the observer in one way or another. A suit made of animal sources, such as cashmere or vicuña, will create a different feel to the person wearing it; as a opposed to a suit comprised of  or plant sources, such as cotton or flax. Synthetic fibers are usually less breathable, than animal or plant sourced fabrics.

Let us consider that textiles are made from many materials, with four main sources: animal (wool, silk), plant (cotton, flax, jute, bamboo), mineral (asbestos, glass fibre), and synthetic (nylon, polyester, acrylic, rayon). The first three are natural. While sythetic fibres are manufactured in laboratories, by humans through a process of  chemical synthesis; as opposed to natural fibers that humans get from living organisms, with little or no chemical changes. They are the result of extensive research by scientists to improve on naturally occurring animal fibers and plant fibers.