What cloth is best for a suit?

According to owner of Hawkes Bespoke Outfitters, Russell Scott Lawson, the second most important thing about a suit is the fabric, the first is the fit.

Normally, one associates cotton with underwear and undershirts, not necessarily fabrics for suit. But if you want breathability cotton is a suitable cloth, though with some drawbacks.

Cotton is extremely wrinkle prone, so you run the risk of looking somewhat untidy. On the other hand it’s cool to wear, so appropriate for summer, but may not be your first pick for a night out or a formal event.

But modern cotton suits are usually made from a heavy blend of cotton or a blend of cotton and wool, and this helps to keep the look of the fabric smart enough for semi casual events.

If you want light weight, then linen is the fabric for you, but it won’t be warm in the winter! Linen is also prone to wrinkling, stains easily and requires dry cleaning, so it can be a high maintenance fabric.

Another fact to consider when choosing fabric is softness. The most versatile is wool because it breaths well and is good for the heat of the day and the cold of a long night, furthermore, with wool, there is no need to worry about wrinkles.

To avoid itchiness, worsted is fabulous. Because of the way it is spun, it is soft and strong. It can be woven to produce flannel, tweed, gabardine and fresco cloths.

On the other hand, if you want luxury and softness, then try cashmere or a cashmere blend. Cashmere does give a sheen that may not be suitable for all occasions. It may not be suitable for the office, but for a formal event it can be a show stopper.

Whether you are buying a suit for a job interview or a wedding, you want to look your best.

At Hawkes Bespoke we can really help you look the part.