Suit Material

How Do You Decide on Suit Material?

King Louis started wearing suitsMen have been wearing suits since King Louis XIV during the 16th century. They also wore wigs, long coats, trousers and hats.

Fortunately the trend for wearing wigs has died off and we are left with today's men's suits.

A suit is defined as a set of garments that are made from the same fabric and must include a jacket and a pair of slacks.

There are some variations on the suit of today:

  • It can be a two piece or 3 piece suit
  • The 3 piece suit has the addition of a vest or waistcoat.
  • The suit can be single or double breasted.

Previous to the 1960's a hat would have been part of the proper suit attire.

Originally all suits were custom tailored.

Today there are 3 ways of purchasing a suit:

  1. Bespoke - This is a totally custom tailored suit for the individual, which means they have been measured, and have chosen the style and type of fabric to be used.
  2. Made to measure - This is a suit from a pre-made pattern that has been customized to fit the individual, who has been given some fabric and other options to choose from.
  3. Ready to wear - These are suits that are purchased off the rack at an apparel store and most often need some tailoring in order to fit the new owner.

If you are a business professional, you probably need to own more than 1 or 2 suits. But if your job doesn't require a suit for work each day, you may need only one. Whatever your situation is, it's wise to own a good suit.

Suits are a serious wardrobe investment, so choosing the right fabric is an important decision.

Wool is an excellent choice.Suit Fabric

  • Wool is a natural fiber
  • It breathes well
  • It's durable
  • It's versatile
  • It's stylish
    • There are basically 4 types of wool.
      • Tweed - which is a very heavy fabric - great for cooler temperatures or climates.
      • Worsted - these are very durable wools and are more of a mid weight fabric, acceptable for wearing all year long.
      • Flannel - the heaviest of the non tweed fabrics, it is extremely durable and long wearing. This fabric has a tendency to hold heat so it's not advisable for warm weather.
      • Tropical - a lightweight wool crepe fabric, which is great for warmer weather or climates. It does wrinkle easier so it requires more maintenance than the other wools.

Although wool would be the fabric of choice, there are other options.

  • Linen - which is light and soft and good for warm weather, but wrinkles easily.
  • Cotton - a nice choice for summer since it is light and breathes well, but like linen, it wrinkles easily.
  • Polyester - a man made fiber that does not breathe well and traps the body heat, but doesn't wrinkle easily.
  • Microfibers - probably one of the least expensive fabrics, it is also synthetic, but will allow the body's heat to escape.


There is nothing like owning a custom tailored suit!

As a professional clothier I will come to your location, bring fabric samples and ideas. I will take accurate measurements to insure a proper fit. Upon completion, your clothing will be delivered to you.

Contact me for a free consultation


5 Star RatingExcellent Clothing + Service

May 06, 2011 by Mark Bigelow

"Bill did a great job on 2 suits and 4 or 5 shirts for me.His knowledge of fabrics and styles got me a wardrobe that fit better than any I've ever had, looked better than any I've had and has held up over time.I wouldn't hesitate to go to Bill again."

**originally published 5/23/11


About Bill Hoffer

Bill believes that nothing takes the place of consistency in fit, quality and selection, all of which helps create that important first impression. Don't leave your image to chance...Connect with Bill on Google+
This entry was posted in Business Fashion, Custom Tailoring, Feature and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink.