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How to choose a suit cloth

Aug 22 2011

One question I am always asked is how to choose a suitable cloth. Most people think of a colour and if the weather is warm maybe a lightweight fabric.

My advice is to ask yourself the following questions

• What kind of design, plain stripe, check, or surface interest,

• For what occasion? Social, wedding or business

• What type of wear, travelling, office based, socialising

• How often the suit would be worn, ideally a maximum of twice a week.

• How much after care?

• The time of year, consider a lightweight for spring summer or a mid-weight for autumn winter

• Preference for light medium or heavyweight fabrics, everyone has individual taste

• Your size The longevity of a suit can be affected by the weight of fabric selected in relation the size of the individual and how often the suit is worn.

• Luxury or durability. Many people are hung up on ‘super numbers’ and think for example that a super 160’s wool will give the best quality suit. The wool content is only part of the evaluation of the fabric as the quality of the weaving and finishing are as important as the wool content.

Choose the fabric based on the above criteria and remember that selecting a fabric that is ‘fit for purpose’ is not always the most expensive. For more detailed in depth advice you can email

Category: Bespoke Suits, Business Suits, Designer Suits, Suit Cloth

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